California Fish Stew…Better than it Sounds

17 Oct

Fall is upon us which makes me think of warm, rich comfort foods. The problem with those foods is that they are also rich in fat and calories, so here is a dish that will satisfy your craving for that yummy comfort food without all those extra calories.

It is from the Williams-Sonoma kitchen library book Healthy Cooking.  I feel like the name just doesn’t do it justice but I haven’t been able to come up with anything else, feel free to give me some suggestions.  This recipe is good for those people who are on a gluten-free diet and also for people like myself. I just recently found out after years of stomach problems that I have an intolerance for fiber. Crazy as that may sound it is true and it can definitely make eating healthy meals a challenge but this recipe fits the bill.


California Fish Stew

1/2 lb scallops

1/2 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 lb skinless, boneless fish fillets such as cod or snapper

2 Tbls olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup dry white wine

1/3 cup water

2 cups chopped, seeded tomatoes 

1 tsp dried oregano or thyme

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley, flat leaf 

Cut all the fish and shellfish into 3/4″ to 1″ pieces.  Check for any bones and discard. Place seafood in a bowl and set aside. 

In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the oil. When hot, add the garlic and saute, stirring for about 30 seconds. Add half the fish and shellfish and then all of the wine, water, tomatoes, oregano or thyme, salt and pepper. Raise the heat to high and bring to a gentle boil, lower the heat and boil gently for 1 minute. Stir, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 2 minutes longer.

Add the remaining fish and shellfish and cook, stirring gently, just until all the pieces are opaque throughout, about 3 minutes. Stir in the parsley and serve right away.

I like to serve it with linguine and a salad, of course to be truly low cal it should be without the pasta. It is also good with rice and a great loaf of crispy bread is good too. Either way,  if you like seafood you will love this dish!



One Response to “California Fish Stew…Better than it Sounds”

  1. Emma Corey December 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Putting your freshly baked cupecakes into some nice wrappers certainly finishes them off. However to make them extra special there is nothing like making your very own cupcake wrappers. These can be personalised to the individual and the event, plus they are so easy to make. I share my free templates over at


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