Quick Easy Fish Stew

Quick, easy, and absolutely delicious fish stew! Fresh fish fillets cooked in a stew with onions, garlic, parsley, tomato, clam juice and white wine.

Quick and Easy Fish Stew
Elise Bauer

One of our favorite family recipes of all time is this simple and easy fish stew. It takes less than 30 minutes, start to finish, and is absolutely delicious!

The key ingredient to this stew is clam juice, which they sell in shelf stable 8-ounce jars, so we usually keep a couple in our pantry. I have prepared the soup for people with shellfish allergies; the thing to do is to substitute the clam juice with white wine, fish stock, or water. It works, it's just not quite as tasty.

Quick and Easy Fish Stew
Elise Bauer

The stew works best with a firm white fish, such as halibut or cod. You could also use red snapper or even tilapia. Just stay away from delicate fish such as sole for this stew, or oily fish such as tuna.

If you want, you can add some shrimp, clams and/or scallops to the stew as well.

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How to Make Quick & Easy Fish Stew

Quick Easy Fish Stew

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings

For a variation, add 1/2 pound of shrimp, mussels, clams, and/or scallops to the stew. If adding shellfish, add them a couple minutes before the fish; they need more time to cook and open.


  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)

  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced

  • 2/3 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh chopped tomato OR 1 (14-ounce) can whole or crushed tomatoes with their juices

  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste, optional

  • 1 cup clam juice (or shellfish stock)

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon blanc)

  • 1 1/2 pounds firm white fish fillets such as halibut, cod, red snapper, or sea bass, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • Pinch dried oregano

  • Pinch dried thyme

  • 1/8 teaspoon Tabasco sauce , or more to taste

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste


  1. Sauté aromatics:

    Heat olive oil in a large thick-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté 4 minutes, add the garlic and cook a minute more. Add parsley and stir 2 minutes. Add tomato and tomato paste, and gently cook for 10 minutes or so.

  2. Finish soup:

    Add clam juice, dry white wine, and fish. Bring to a simmer and simmer until the fish is cooked through and easily flakes apart, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add seasoning —salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, Tabasco. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and serve.

    Great served with crusty bread for dipping in the fish stew broth.


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
389 Calories
23g Fat
7g Carbs
33g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 389
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 782mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 24mg 122%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 1081mg 23%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.