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Easy Fish Stew

A light and fragrant fish stew with bags of flavour!
We’re marinating salmon and haddock in beautiful spices, then frying up with onions, peppers and garlic before finishing off with tomatoes and cream.
A fantastic lighter dinner!

White bowl filled with fish stew in a white surface. There is a spoon sticking out of the bowl.
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Oh I love it when I manage to get a fish dish on the table that everyone enjoys.

Chris generally complains when I tell him I’m cooking fish, and the kids will take it, but I know in their hearts they’re thinking about spag bol or a nice big lasagne.

This fish dish works a treat though. Light, but also just a little bit creamy – with the addition of a good splash of coconut cream. Cooked up together with peppers, chopped tomatoes and plenty of spice and it makes a delicious (and low carb) meal in itself.

📋 What do we need?

Ingredients for fish stew on a white table

I’m like to use salmon and haddock, but you can add in most firm or flaky fleshed types of fish.
See the recipe card at the end of this post for the full list of ingredients.

🔪 How to make this fish stew

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  • Chop up the onions, peppers and the fish.
  • Marinade the fish in salt, coriander, cumin, paprika, lime juice, ginger and garlic. You don’t need to marinate any longer than about 20 minutes.
  • Fry up the onions and peppers in a little oil, then add in the fish, along with brown sugar, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and coconut cream.
  • Simmer for about 7-8 minutes, until the fish is cooked through and tender.
  • Serve with fresh coriander and wedges of lime.
8 image collage showing how to make fish stew.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP For even more variety try adding some prawns or even some mussels in there too – yummmmm!!

Close up overhead image of fish stew in a white bowl, topped with fresh coriander.

🍽️ What to serve it with

Is rice served with stew wrong? I can’t help it, I do like my carbs 😉

Overhead image of fish stew in a white bowl, topped with coriander. The bowl is on a light surface. There are chopped limes in shot at the top of the image.

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Fish stew in a white bowl on a light surface. There is a spoon in the bowl and the stew is topped with coriander.

Easy Fish Stew

Easy Fish Stew – light, fragrant and full of flavour!

5 from 2 votes

Prep Time 25 mins

Cook Time 20 mins

Total Time 45 mins

Course Dinner

Servings 4 -5 servings

Calories 375 kcal



  • Place the fish in a bowl with the salt, ground coriander, cumin, paprika, lime juice, ginger and garlic. Mix everything together and leave to marinate for 20 minutes.

  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the onions on a medium heat for 5-6 minutes until soft.

  • Add in the bell peppers and fry for a further 2-3 minutes.

  • Add in the fish (including the marinade) along with the brown sugar, tinned tomatoes, tomato puree and coconut cream.

  • Heat until nearly bubbling (don’t let it boil), then leave to simmer very gently for 7-8 minutes until the fish is cooked through.

  • Serve topped with fresh coriander.

✎ Notes

Nutritional Information is per serving.


Calories: 375kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 27gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 354mgPotassium: 913mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1230IUVitamin C: 98.9mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 2.5mg

Keywords Fish Recipes, Stew

This post was first published in January 2016. Updated August 2021 with new photos and houskeeping.

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Hi I’m Nicky

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