Sicilian Fish Stew

I am in the mood for stew. Not soup, not stoup, not chowder or even chili but stew. After being up all hours of the night and finally getting little man off to mommy’s day out I am left with a sleeping baby on my hip and a hungry, growling tummy. It is freezing outside, I am tired (maybe a little cranky) and I need some food- not just any food- I need STEW!

I was so tired the other day that I literally could not sit at home that morning or else I would fall into a deep coma like sleep and leave the baby unattended and potentially sleep through the time to go pick up Grant from school. So despite my desire for sleep I held it off until that night and decided to go to the grocery store. Yep, I know! I am weird. Most people would chose anything other than the grocery store when they are tired but that is why you have me as your host Ms. Belleicious- right?

Beef Stew, Veggie Stew and even Potato and Corn Stew I have made– Be there done that! I want something new and different and exciting. Something I have never done before and one that will prove time well spent of grocery shopping instead of sleeping! That is when I glanced at my immensely huge lengthy long list of to do recipes on my computer and saw a wonderful word Sicilian. Sicilian Fish Stew. Doesn’t that have a nice ring to it? I immediately began looking up recipes and found that I could in fact include as little or as much fish as the seafood market would let me in the dish and have room to spare for silly things like artichokes, olives and beans.With the flavors of green olives, capers in a rich tomato based broth this soup is hands down amazing. I added a few of my own touches like artichokes and french beans that took it to a new level from most recipes you find out there. I proudly present to you from the overly tired Belleicious Kitchen an incredible Sicilian Fish Stew with all the bells and whistles you can have!

Sicilian Fish Stew
  • 1 pound of white fish, thick and meaty ( I used red snapper)
  • ½ french beans, rinsed and drained (you can snap the ends or not)
  • 1 can of quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 cup of fish stock
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp each of salt and pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups fish stock
  • 2 tablespoon drained capers
  • ¼ cup green olives, pitted and cut into fourths
  1. Saute the onions in olive oil until soft. Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds. Then add the wine. Let it simmer for about 2 or 3 minutes to reduce the wine a bit. Add the tomatoes and seasonings. Let simmer for 20 minutes then add in the stock, beans, artichokes, capers and olives. Simmer for another 10 minutes then place the fish in the stew along with the juice of 1 lemon. Cover with lid and turn hear to low. Allow to cook for 10 more minutes. You do not want to overcook the fish because it will become flaky and tough.


  1. Elsa

    Lovely stew! I’ve been wanting to make fish stew forever but I’m still searching for all of the ingredients. And I didn’t realize you had your second baby! Congrats!! My second kiddo (Emmett) just turned 4 months yesterday. Time is really flying by.

  2. Three-Cookies

    Looks rich and hearty. I felt like having a chowder yesterday, and I did. Now I want this stew:) Interesting that it uses both chicken and fish stock

    1. kbelleicious

      Yeah the fish and chicken stock happened only because I didn;t have enough seafood stock on hand but honestly it turned out perfectly with it- no too much seafood flavor. Just the right amount

  3. Melange

    Wow..the stew looks absolutely delicious..As usual your clicks are fabulous..Yum!

  4. yummychunklet

    This is perfect for my dinner tonight! No meat on Fridays for the next few weeks. Thanks for sharing!

    1. kbelleicious

      Same here/ I have to start getting creative with our friday night meals!

  5. sportsglutton

    What can I say….when ya need stew ya need stew and this is one might stew. Craving satisfied! 🙂

  6. lena

    you know sometimes when i get real tired and do not just want to go to sleep, you know where i go? no, of course not to the grocery store..i’ll go for a massage…foot massage..there’s one near my place.i can really fall asleep due to the tiredness and also partly becos of the ambience there. There’s no winter here but a fish stew like these will also makes me good!

  7. Torrie @ a place to share...

    i know it’s only 8:30am, but this sounds so good right about now.

    i hope you get some much needed rest this weekend, my friend. xoxo

  8. Shea

    I’ve never made or eaten anything like this before, but it sounds delicious and hearty! I hope you get some rest–you deserve it!

  9. Sydney Jones

    This stew sounds lovely!

  10. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    Deliciousness in a bowl, that’s what this is. Will turn even the crankiest person into a happy person. Beautiful photography.

    1. kbelleicious

      Yes- I was definitely happy after eating this!

  11. PolaM

    I love this stew! Spicy fish stews are my favorite way of eating fish!

  12. daphne

    a heart and healthy near one pot dish! Because it’s with fish, it’s quick to cook too. I’m liking the use of white wine!

  13. Judit @WineDineDaily

    Thank you for sharing! The last time we had fish soup it was in Florence, Italy and your looks just as delicious!!!
    CHeers 🙂

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh wow! That is a huge compliment! Thanks so much!

  14. vianney

    yummy!! a perfect lenten meal!! I would love a bowl! a BIG bowl!!

  15. Soni

    Oh THE most delicious fish stew I’ve seen in a long time!Absolutely mouthwateringly delicious :)Your pics are amazing too!

  16. Vijitha

    I love seafood and it is one of the healthiest ingredient which you can eat how much ever you want (well, ofcourse in a reasonable quantity) :-). Your fish stew looks amazing and I can see a bowl full of goodness, just pure goodness 🙂

  17. Baker Street

    Your stew recipe sounds lovely.

  18. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Sleep deprivation has to be the worst kind of torture in the world! Hope you feeling a little stronger after a good nights sleep.
    Fantastic sounding and looking stew!
    🙂 Mandy

  19. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I have made seafood stew, but when I think of it, not “fish” stew! Got to try this. You still have a little baby, take good care of yourself my friend. 🙂

    1. kbelleicious

      lol! Nami- i guess when you think about it- probably not much of a difference in taste just texture… I would love to make a seafood stew. got a good recipe?

  20. Joanne

    I wish stew shipped well cause I would TOTALLY send you a huge batch! This fish stew sounds plenty delicious though!

  21. Mary

    Great flavors – delicious stew – looking forward to this one!
    Mary x

  22. Kristy

    I know that overly tired very, very well! I am quite impressed you forged on and made an entire stew. I probably would have just tossed in the frozen pizza. LOL. You are certainly Belleicious!

  23. Veronica's Kitchen

    When I was overly tired with my first baby, I usually sleep with her rather than cooking. Then with the second one, I didn’t sleep much as I felt that I could do so much in between looking after the little one. Nice idea to have the stew and have a good rest from babysitting.

  24. Charles

    What a fab looking fish stew – I always think these things are perfect for summer because although they’re hot and hearty they also seem perfect to sit out on my balcony in the evening sun and enjoy!

    What’s a “stoup” by the way? I’ve never heard of this.

    1. kbelleicious

      Charles,I learned about stoup from Rachel Ray.It is a texture-like mix between a soup and a stew. It is chunky like a stew would be but has more liquid resembling a soup.

  25. kitchen flavours

    I have not tried fish stew before, and this look simply delicious! You are one super mommy, making one delicious stew even though you are tired! I would go for canned food and catch up on some sleep as soon as I get the chance! 🙂 Kudos to you!!

  26. Lisa

    I feel your pain in regards to sleep deprivation. My two year old is on and off with his naps but I could always use one in the afternoon and I too will go grocery shopping or stop at Target for household supplies just to keep busy with my little guy!
    This stew looks like a 5 star recipe for someone that was tired! I could use some fish recipes for Fish Friday! 🙂

  27. Malli

    What brilliant color on that seafood broth!! Perfect for the cold weather and I am a complete fan of seafood so this is just the soup for me:)

  28. kelli

    My kids are going to just thank you. They are fish lovers and cant get enough soup and stew so combining them is going to be just the thing. Im not big on fish but my kidos are obsessed and could have soup and stew every night of the week. Thanks girl and I so hope that lil precious one will start sleeping. It is so hard functioning on little to no sleep.

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh I hope they like it! He is sleeping pretty good but lately I think his reflux is really acting up and its been hard for him to sleep well. Going to doctor soon! Thanks

  29. Anna and Liz Recipes

    This is delicious and so healthy too! I have made fish stew like this and any stew with tomato base is really good. love it!

  30., Teresa

    I think this stew looks fantastically good. I have not made fish stews very often except when I am at the seaside. Your recipe looks like a perfect February cozy meal.

  31. jackie @ marin mama cooks

    You go girl ! I’m not a fish person but this stew looks so amazing that I might be tempted to give it a try!

    1. kbelleicious

      I really believe that even if you don’t like fish you will still love this dish. The fish soaks up ALL the wonderful flavors leaving no fishy taste at all

  32. Bree

    We must have had a similar thought this weekend because I was cooking up spicy shrimp and mussel “stewish”! This looks absolutely fantastic!

  33. Linda

    Artichokes in your stew…I just love it! I can taste the tang they must add to this stew! I’d never have thought of that. Look at you Southern girl making Sicilian Fish Stew!! Fabulous recipe!

  34. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    Your fish stew looks absolutely delicious and very comforting! That piece of bread hanging over the bowl to mop up all that good gravy is just too inviting…yum!

  35. Melynda@MomsSundayCafe

    Wow does this sound delicious. Bookmarking for soon to be on the table, thanks.

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