“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.” —
Here’s a hearty Spanish Seafood Stew that’s full of flavor and perfect for cozy winter nights. Spicy chorizo (or soy chorizo ) and smoked paprika give the stew its great flavor. Garbanzo beans add a little extra heft. Served over saffron-infused rice, it’s a delicious wholesome meal we’ve been enjoying the last few nights. The stew can be made ahead and refrigerated, and when you are ready to serve, simply heat it up on the stove, nestle the seafood in the stew and place it in hot oven to cook through. When it comes out your whole house will smell delicious.
I fell in love with this brand of Basmati Rice. It’s grown in the foothills of the Himalayas, which is the only place true authentic Basmati Rice comes from. It is fragrant, and delicate tasting and fluffy – I really enjoy it.
Use whatever seafood you like. I had scallops, shrimp and haddock in the freezer so this is what I used – but know you could make this with only fish like cod or sea bass (and no shellfish), or use only shrimp, or scallops…or whatever you like!
I added garbanzos for extra heft, but white beans or cannellini beans work well too! Look in your pantry and use what you have.
Italian parsley adds a nice freshness to the dish. Spoon the stew it over the rice, making sure to add some of the flavorful juices.
Spanish seafood stew
A flavorful and hearty Spanish Seafood Stew with Garbanzo Beans and Chorizo (or soy chorizo) served over Saffron-infused Basmati Rice.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 35 mins
- Total Time: 45 mins
- Yield: 4-6
- 2 cups rinsed basmati rice
- 3 cups water or stock
- generous pinch saffron (optional)
- generous pinch salt
- 1 pound mix of white fish (cod, halibut, sea bass, haddock), scallops, shrimp
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- zest of one lemon
- 1 garlic clove – minced or grated
- 6 ounces ground chorizo, removed form casing and crumbled (or use Spanish Style “Cured Chorizo- or soy chorizo- see note)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 extra large onion – diced
- 2 celery stocks – chopped
- 2 carrots – diced
- 1 red bell peppe r- diced
- 4 garlic cloves – rough chopped
- 2 Tablespoosn tomato paste
- 1 ½ Cups stock- chicken or fish or veggie
- ½ cup white wine
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 can drained garbanzo’s (or 1 ½ cups)
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon cracked pepper
- fresh Italian parsley
- Set rice and water to boil in a medium pot. Add a pinch of saffron and salt. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low until tender, about 20 minutes.
- Place seafood in a bowl and toss with oil, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic and lemon zest. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 400F
- In large skillet, brown the chorizo (or soy chorizo), breaking in to small crumbles. Once broken down and cooked through about 10 minutes, using a slotted spoon, remove from pan, and set aside. Drain oil, wipe out pan.
- In the same pan heat 1 T oil over medium high heat. Add onions, carrots, bell pepper and celery. Stirring, cook for 2-3 minutes before turning heat down to medium. Cook 8-9 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic. Saute 2-3 more minutes. Veggies should be tender.
- Make a well in the middle of the veggies and add the tomato paste directly to the middle of the skillet. Stir and brown the tomato paste, for about 2 minutes in the center of the skillet. (This will add depth)
- Add wine, stock, smoked paprika, bay leaves.
- Bring to a simmer and simmer for 5 -7 minutes until liquid is reduced by half.
- Add beans and browned chorizo.
- Season generously with salt and pepper, tasting.
- Nestle the fish and seafood in the stew, pouring any leftover marinade right over the stew. Bring stew to a boil on the stove top then immediately place in a 400 F oven for 10-12 minutes. Check for doneness.
- Broil seafood for 2-3 minutes, to add color, taking care not to burn.
- Scatter with fresh parsley.
- Serve with the saffron rice.
- Note: if using Spanish style “cured chorizo” skip the browning, it is already cooked. Just slice it thinly and place in the stew with the beans, and you may need less of this, because it is more intensely flavored. You will most likely need less salt too, so be sure to taste before adding salt.