Portuguese-Style Fish Stew

This dish was prepared for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Portuguese”. I have to be honest, I have never even thought of Portuguese food but my local fish market had a sale on some Halbut so I had to make this. While the timing was off due to the heat outside, I would totally make this again on a cool day.

  • Servings: 5-serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Cuisine: portugese
  • Cooking Time: 30 mins


2 Tablespoons Olive Oil , plus extra
2 Bay Leaves
2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
1 White Onion
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 14.5 oz Diced Tomatoes cans
2 Cloves Garlic
1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro
to taste Kosher Salt ,
to taste Freshly Ground Black Pepper ,
2 lbs Halibut
8 Slices French Bread


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons Olive Oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Meanwhile, slice the Onion and Green Bell Pepper and chop the Garlic and Cilantro.
  3. When the oil is hot, add the Bay Leaves and Paprika, stirring. Cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the Onion, Green Bell Pepper, Tomatoes (with juice), Garlic, and 2 tablespoons of chopped Cilantro. Season with Kosher Salt and Black Pepper. Cover and cook until the vegetables are softened (about 10 minutes).
  5. Meanwhile, skin and chop the Halibut into bite sized pieces. Season with Kosher Salt and Black Pepper.
  6. Add 1 cup Water to the mixture and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  7. Stir in the Halibut. Cover and simmer until the Halibut is cooked (about 5 minutes).
  8. Divide the stew among bowls. Top each bowl with Cilantro and Olive Oil. Serve with Bread


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