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Best Seafood Stew I’ve ever had……

Posted on February 17, 2010 by in seafood

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It really was the Best Seafood Stew that I have ever had……it was fragrant, light and slightly spicy. Although it is still definitely summer around here, yesterday for some reason it was rainy and cold, so I felt like soup, but not a thick and chunky winter soup.
Just something that will warm up our bellies…. I had a nice selection of seafood, fresh hake, mussels, cockles and some calamari and I wanted to poach the seafood rather than make a thick sauce with it.

So I made a broth with the off cuts from the fish and some typical Thai flavors and poached the fish in it. Before I waffle too much, let me rather give you a recipe……

Best Seafood poached in a Thai broth and served with Coconut Cream….


1 kg hake fillets – cut in big chunks
500gr mussels
300gr cockles or clams
1 onion
1 stick lemon grass
1 clove garlic
a piece of palm sugar or brown sugar if you do not have palm sugar.
1 thumb size piece ginger – grated
1 heaped teaspoon green curry paste
some fish sauce
1 tin coconut cream
about 1 liter of fish stock – I made mine, but you can use bought.
vegetable oil.

Add some vegetable oil to a pan  and add the onions and  all the spices and flavorings. Saute for a while and then add the fish stock. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes for the flavors to infuse the broth and then add the fish chunks. I did my stew in a wok, so I covered it with foil and poached the fish for about 5-6 minutes. Open the foil and add the other seafood. Cover again and poach for another 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Add the coconut cream and slowly stir through just before serving…. Serve with fresh coriander and some chopped chili.

This has been a very good week for me. I have been selected as Blogger of the week on Food24, I won two tickets to a Thai restaurant and I won a R3000 cake set in a Natreen Competition. On top of all that, I am so excited, because my new site is almost finished, yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looking for some other soup recipes:

Greek Gazpacho

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11 Responses to “Best Seafood Stew I’ve ever had……”

  1. Bellini Valli 17 February 2010 at 11:49 am #

    It does sound light and delicious Nina…perfect for warming us up on these inbetween days.

  2. Marisa 17 February 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    I agree with Bellini – definitely a winner for the inbetween days (hell even for the other days too!). Looks delicious – and very easy to make too. What a winner.

  3. My Carolina Kitchen 17 February 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    Nina, if this is the best you've ever had, then it has to be good because you only serve great food. Killer photo as always. You could teach food photography.

    I'm bookmarking this. My husband loves mussels and clams. I know I won't be able to find lemon grass here. What can I substitute for it?

  4. s 17 February 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    this sounds lovely!!! must try.

  5. Pam 17 February 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    Congrats on the tickets to a Thai restaurant and the cake set…what a great week.

    The seafood stew indeed looks amazing, I love every ingredient you used.

  6. Peter M 17 February 2010 at 10:47 pm #

    Nina, I'm all over this as you know about my love of seafood. The cockles here win me…they are so sweet.

  7. Sophie 17 February 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    Ah a seafood stew, such a tasty alternative to heavier meat-based stews. Looks fresh and delicious!

  8. mycookinghut 20 February 2010 at 11:28 am #

    yummy… i love seafood and coconut.. thumbs up!!

  9. Maria 23 February 2010 at 11:30 pm #

    That sounds great! I love all things seafood and this would certainly warm me up on this cold, rainy New York day.

  10. Jeanne @ Cooksister! 2 March 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    Congrats on the wins and thanks for this yummy recipe – seafood with Thai flavours is one of my favourites!

  11. Mitch 22 March 2011 at 10:28 am #

    this looks great and must be so yummy!

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