Bacalao, salted dried codfish, is the defining ingredient in traditional Puerto Rican fish stew, but salt cod requires overnight soaking and several rinses in cool water before it can be used, so we opt for fresh fish in this quick version. Serve with crusty rolls to soak up the juices. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2007

Scott Rosenbaum
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large high-sided skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

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  • Add fish, tomatoes and their juices, chile pepper, cilantro, olives, capers, oregano and salt; stir to combine. Add up to 1/2 cup water if the mixture seems dry. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat. Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with avocado (if using).

Tips

Tip: Opt for firmer hook-and-line-caught haddock or U.S.-farmed tilapia. Cod also works, but will be more flaky. For more information about sustainable seafood visit Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch at seafoodwatch.org.

Nutrition Facts

188 calories; 8.3 g total fat; 61 mg cholesterol; 758 mg sodium. 8.5 g carbohydrates; 20.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (17)

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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
05/23/2015
This is a great fish soup but it is not Bacalao at all. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2015
Delicious! This is a very easy and flavorful recipe to make! I love it and so did my family. It has lots of flavor. I added fresh cilantro when served and avacodo cubes and it was awesome! Pros: Easy to make Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2014
Missing extra virgin olive oil Another bacalao stew recipe I used calls for a lot of extra virgin olive oil--at least a half cup to be added before simmering the stew. Less oil can be used but the oil adds a rich depth of flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/26/2014
Yummy! This stew was so easy to make and was absolutely delicious! I made this for my boyfriend and we ate the entire pot between the two of us! I will definitely make this again! Pros: Easy to make Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2014
Great way to eat fish. I would add cilantro olives and capers the last 3-4 minutes. Pros: No fishy taste Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/10/2013
Even the Picky Eater liked it! I wasn't sure about this one because the ingredient list was so short and because it was well... fish and a stew. I was able to throw this meal together in minutes. We don't like avocado unless it's in a chocolate pudding but I did add carrots at the beginning with the onions to add more veggies to the stew. My 2 year-old and picky eater husband both liked it. I had two helpings and will be making it again and again! Pros: Quick few ingredients delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2013
Great and easy Made this with tilapia tonight. Very good! Husband doesn't like cilantro but ate it anyway and said its alright. I will make again! Pros: Fast easy flavorful Cons: Hubster didn't like the cilantro Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2013
Good fish stew I have some fish stock I have been trying to use up but all I have made with it have turned out too fishy. This did not (used the stock instead of water). Loved the flavors. I added in some extra veggies per another Bacalao recipe (red bell peppers and celery) plus instead of salt I added i the juice from the capers for more flavor. I think I would add some if not all of the capers and olives at the end though as the flavors boiled out (I did add some fresh cilantro on top with the avocados) Pros: No fishy flavorful easy to make Cons: Some of the stronger flavored items get lost in cooking Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2012
I was very skeptical about this dish at first because I dont usually prepare this genre of meal but it was awesome. Me and my daughter absolutely loved it. The aromas were great and the taste was perfectly balanced. Great recipe and not hard at all. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is our absolute favorite Eating Well recipe. The flavor is perfect and it is a hit every time we have people over for dinner. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
this is an awesome way to use tilapia. my whole family loves it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Wonderful recipe. Made according to recipe using cod and the flavors were absolutely balanced. Delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Excellent flavor. Everything worked well together. One of our absolute favorites from the site. We will definitely be adding this recipe to our permanent collection. We used a poblano pepper and tilapia. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We had friends over for dinner and this was great. I left out the olives and did not use avocado. With those two additions next time I am sure it will be even better. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Loved this so much I've made it twice in the last few weeks...once with haddock and once with tilapia- both times it was amazing. Was definitely heavy handed on a lot of ingredients including cilantro olives and avocado. Really easy too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This is a very tasty recipe. Easy to make and even tastes good the next day if you have left overs. Works well for a crowd. Can make everything but adding the fish the day before. Buy fish the day you are serving it and it is a last minute meal. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Fresh Delicious and Balanced I've made this stew a number of times and am always blown away by how delicious it is. The flavors work in total harmony with one another and the stew is extremely satisfying. Easily my favorite recipe on the site! Pros: Easy quick full-flavored Read More