Having traveled to Spain one of the things I remember most was the amazing seafood that was served. And Spanish Seafood Stew was one of the dishes that I enjoyed the most and ordered more frequently.
Lisa and I love to travel and one of our dream locations had always been Spain. A few years ago we made that dream come true.
The culture, the food and the beauty of Spain is simply amazing and the people are some of the friendliest we’ve ever encountered during our travels.
I love traveling because not only do I get to sample delicious dishes, I get to attend events like the Flamenco show we enjoyed in Madrid.
What do I need to make a Spanish Seafood Stew?
Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make my Spicy Spanish Seafood Stew. In Chef Speak this is called the “Mise en Place”, which translates to “Everything in its Place”.
Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed up the cooking process, but it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.
- Start the process by thoroughly rinsing the clams and mussels.
- Peel and devein the shrimp and pat the cod and shrimp with paper towels.
- Season the cod and shrimp with sea salt and black pepper.
How do I make Spanish Seafood Stew?
- Place a large saut pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil to the pan and when it heats up add the diced onion, garlic, and sliced fennel. Saut for about 3 minutes.
- Add smoked paprika, thyme, and crushed red pepper flakes to the pan. Add white wine to deglaze the pan.
- Add tomatoes, chicken broth, saffron and season with sea salt and black pepper. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.
- Add the cod, shrimp, clams and mussels to the pan.
Cover the pan and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes or until the clams and mussels have opened.
Serve up the seafood with all the delicious juices and garnish with parsley. Serve with your favorite crusty bread and you’ve got a hearty meal that can be prepared in about a half-hour.
It’s perfect for your next date night or small dinner gathering, it’s really that easy to make.
Classic Spanish Seafood Stew, known in Spain as Zarzuela de Pescado y Mariscos, is easily one of Spain´s most iconic dishes. This seafood stew comes from Barcelona in the Catalonia region of Spain. It can be made with a variety of fresh seafood and is generally made with a tomato-based broth.
When it comes to Spanish seafood stew, any type of seafood can be used to make this classic fisherman dish. Calamari, shellfish, and your favorite pieces of fish can find their way into this timeless classic.
Spanish seafood stew can be as spicy as you like or not at all. It’s a personal preference. It’s a misconception that Spanish food is hot, spicy can mean spices that tantalize the tastebuds without excessive heat.
Can previously frozen seafood be used?
Chef Dennis Littley
you can use previously cooked seafood. You won’t get the same flavor but it can be used.
I made this for our Christmas Eve dinner. Wow is it good! So glad I found your website. We made your Coq au Vin on Christmas Day. Thanks Chef for the great recipes!
Chef Dennis Littley
I’m very happy to hear you enjoyed my recipes, Christie I hope you find many more to enjoy!
I made this one okay and it is amazing. Thank you so much for the Recipe! Made our evening special.
This stew looks so good! I love seafood soup and I do get heartburn after eating tomato-based soup!
katrina m kroeplin
this looks like so much fun and so good. i love seafood.
I literally drool over the pictures. I am checking out the recipe and see if I can do this too. Seems like the whole fam would love it too!
Delicious and definitely will try this recipe
Now this is my kind of food. I would really love to chow on this seafood!
Mama Maggie's Kitchen
Yum! I’m craving right now! This Spicy Spanish Seafood Stew is making my tummy growl. It looks really satisfying.
This looks like a seafood lover’s dream! My husband would love this.
This dish looks amazing. There is so much goodness in this stew. I love it! I’m going to have to try it.
I do love Spanish food especially seafood. This sounds like a wonderfully tasty recipe that both my husband and I would enjoy.
It sounds like a great dish to try. I love mussels and shrimps so much
This would take me way out of my comfort zone if I tried it. My husband is the seafood lover. He would love this!
I like the color. I think its spiciness will suit my expectation. great find!
I’m going to share this with my mother! She is a seafood freak!!
This looks super yummy and I love seafood but I am definitely very unfamiliar with cooking it. I’ll have to give it a try for this.
Ohh now this sounds like a delicious strew, I have to admit I do love sea food but don’t have it that often.
This looks like a tasty dish! I am all about things that are spicy.
That stew looks delicious. Having overindulged in too many sweets this year, I definitely need the acid reducer.