This recipe is easy to make and is a great lunch option, even if you are on a diet! You can defrost a bag of mixed frozen seafood from your local supermarket to make my stew but if you can get it, do use fresh seafood instead.
Scotland boasts some of the best seafood in the the World and the mussels I’ve tasted at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar are to die for! You can actually see the mussel beds from the restaurant.
We always try and engineer a stop around lunch time at this place if we are travelling in the area, as their seafood is so fresh and tasty. If you can buy fresh seafood near you then even better and your stew will taste even more delicious!
There’s also great gastro pub not far from us called Souter’s Inn, Kirkoswald near Maybole and they serve the most amazing seafood stew which gave me the inspiration for this recipe.
Their freshly made stew comes topped with an aioli sauce (containing garlic and olive oil), croutons and is served with lush homemade bread. It has the most amazing flavour, probably because the chef makes his own fish stock and the bowl is usually packed with fresh local Scottish prawns, mussels and chunks of salmon. I took a photo of the Souter’s Inn Seafood Stew for you to drool over, below. It’s one of my favourite dishes there.
When you have stopped dribbling, I will crack on with telling you about my own recipe.
I admit I did cheat a bit when making my version of this stew, as I used fish stock pots from Tesco instead of making my own fish stock. They are handy to use for a quick recipe and taste pretty good, but feel free to make your own fish stock if you have more patience than me!
My version is lower in fat but is still packed with an authentic flavour and is only around 1 Smart Point per bowl on the new Weight Watchers Flex diet (just counting the stock pot and tomato puree). That’s a “Yay!” from me ……great taste and healthy! If you are not on a diet then a glass of white or rose wine sloshed into the stew does add an extra lovely flavour!
Do have a go at making this recipe, you won’t be disappointed. It’s blooming lovely!
( Serves 4)
1 medium chopped courgette
2 sticks of celery, chopped
1 medium onion, sliced
3 crushed garlic cloves
a spritz of olive oil for sauteing the vegetables
1 teaspoon of garlic granules
1 fish stock pot (I used Tesco brand) or fresh fish stock
2 to 3 tablespoons of tomato puree
1 can of chopped tomatoes
800g of Mixed Seafood (defrost first if frozen)
An optional 175 ml of white wine (leave this out for the diet version)
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 tablespoon of fresh herbs (such as lemon thyme and sage) or 1 teaspoon of dried mixed herbs
Enough extra water from the kettle to just cover everything
Black pepper to season
Saute the chopped courgette, celery, onion and fresh garlic in a spritz of olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes until the vegetables have started to soften.
Add all the other ingredients and top up with just enough water from the kettle to almost cover everything.
Stir gently to mix and simmer on the hob for around 8 minutes until the stew is hot and bubbling, everything is cooked and all the flavours combined. Season with black pepper to your personal taste.
Serve in warm bowls with chunks of bread to dunk in. Tasty!