Moroccan Fish Stew

Tri-City HeraldJanuary 21, 2013 

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Moroccan Fish Stew

4 servings

This one-pan meal is bright, intense and satisfyingly filling, given its ingredients. Using skin-on fish helps the delicate chunks from breaking up during cooking.

Serve with something green on the side.

1 large onion
1-inch piece ginger root
1 large clove garlic
1 1/4 pounds firm, skin-on white-fleshed fish fillets
1/4 cup sliced skin-on almonds
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
One 3-inch cinnamon stick
Pinch ground cayenne pepper
14 ounces canned, no-salt-added diced tomatoes
1 cup water
Sea salt
14 ounces canned, no-salt-added chickpeas
2 teaspoons honey
Freshly ground black pepper
Flat-leaf parsley, for garnish (may substitute cilantro)

Cut the onion into very thin slices. Peel and mince the ginger. Crush the garlic. Use paper towels to pat the fish dry, then cut the fish into bite-size chunks that are on the large side.

Heat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet (not cast-iron) over medium-low heat. Spread the almonds in the skillet; toast them for a few minutes, shaking the pan as needed, until they are fragrant and lightly browned. Transfer to a plate to cool. Return the skillet to the stove top; increase the heat to medium.

Pour the oil into the skillet. Once it is heated, add the onion and stir to coat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion becomes translucent, then add the garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric and cinnamon stick. Stir to incorporate, then cook for 2 minutes, until fragrant.

Add the cayenne pepper, tomatoes and their juices, the water and a pinch of the salt. Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes.

Gently stir in the fish. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, moving the fish around so it cooks evenly.

Drain the chickpeas, then add to the skillet along with the honey. Season with the black pepper to taste; taste for salt and add accordingly. Discard the cinnamon stick.

Garnish with the parsley leaves (chopped, if desired) and toasted almonds. Serve hot.

NUTRITION Per serving: 350 calories, 35 g protein, 31 g carbohydrates, 9 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 80 mg cholesterol, 230 mg sodium, 7 g dietary fiber, 8 g sugar.

From: The Washington Post. Adapted from Simple, Honest Food: The Best of Bill Granger by Bill Granger.

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