Recipe by Randall Shillman
"A non-traditional variant of Turkish fish stew that blends various other Mediterranean influences."
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1 1/2 cups
white onion, chopped
green bell pepper, chopped
marinated artichoke hearts, liquid reserved
capers, liquid reserved
small green olives
1 (14.5 ounce) can
chopped stewed tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 teaspoons
crushed red pepper flakes
minced fresh ginger root
ground black pepper to taste
tilapia fillets, cut into chunks
This is an excellent recipe. I unfortunately learned the hard way--the recipe calls for a LOT of couscous compared to how much sauce there is. However, it's still pretty good this way. Changes I made: Used more garlic, flounder instead of tilapia, diced fresh tomato, cayenne pepper (not too much) instead of red pepper, more red wine and less water. In the future, I think I'll use even more garlic and cut out the ginger. I like ginger, but I personally don't like it with these spices. What I like about this is that the fish isn't the star of this dish--I think there's as much fish in here as vegetables; you could add more fish to this or cut it out completely and it would still taste good. This seems like a good recipe to experiment with, change around, have fun with.
The capers and the artichoke hearts are what made this not to my liking. Mainly the taste of the capers, though. I wasted so much time on this for a meal that was not to my liking. My dad thought it was ok, so did my mother, they said that but nobody was begging for more either. Also they thought it was too much heat with the red pepper flakes, but I didn't mind it. When you're dealing with fish and making stews and things out of it the balance of the taste has to be perfect, and I the funny thing is I actually thought the strong flavors balanced one another, I just didn't like them.
I made this last night with some substitutions for my wife and daughter. We all thought it was a great meal. My wife loved the spicy kick while my daughter thought it was too spicy. She put some mild cheddar cheese on it to reduce the spiciness. It worked and she loved it. My wife put some "Red Hot Chile Lime Hot Sauce" on her serving. This added even more good flavor to the dish so I'd recommend that as well.
1) Marinated artichoke hearts with frozen artichoke hearts thawed in cold water. Chopped in food processor before adding to stew.
2)2 tbls of wine with 1/2 cup of wine as recommended by other reviewer. Great idea!
3)1 tsp of cumin with 1/2 tsp chili powder. We had no cumin but websites noted that chili powder has cumin as an ingredient and advised that we use half of the requested amount.
1) Green Olives - Didn't have any available but would have been omitted anyway due to high sodium content.
2) Sumac Powder - This will be added to my grocery list so that I can experience how this powder actually impacts the dish.
If you have kids, I would recommend reducing the red pepper flakes to 1/2 tsp instead of the 1 1/2 requested or just omit. You would then be able to put the amount of flakes you desire on your own serving without having to worry about the spiciness.
Wanted to make it again the next day. Can't get tilapia in Japan so had to substitute cod. 2 tbsp of wine?! No point in opening a bottle for that so I probably put in a good 1/2 cup plus! Made excellent lunch the next day, too.
Wonderful, tasty dish that's easy and quick to make.And it's great as leftovers! I followed others' recommendations and made just a few changes. First, unless you can handle a whole lot of heat, I would strongly advise cutting the crushed red pepper down significantly. I cut it from 1 1/2 tsp to 1/2 tsp, and it was still pretty intense so I now reduce to 1/4 tsp and leave crushed red pepper on the table for others to use if they'd like more heat. Usually no one adds any. Second, add more wine, if it's available. Third, throw in a handful of golden raisins at the end. Fourth, reduce the couscous by half to keep a reasonable ratio of couscous to stew. Fifth, use veggie stock instead of water in both the couscous and the stew. Sixth, for fish, I have had success with various flaky white fish: tilapia, perch, cod, haddock, and flounder. I have no preference; I simply choose what is fresh and wild caught.
I was surprised at how much I liked this. I only added 1 t. of pepper flakes which made the heat tolerable. I didn't have stewed tomatoes, so I just used diced and they were fine. Also, I had a bag of pollock in my freezer and it was really good, so I figured I saved myself about five dollars on this dish. I would probably halve the amount of couscous next time.
This recipe is a definite keeper! My husband always cooks on Sunday and found this recipe. It is two thumbs up. Could not find sumac powder, so it was ommited. Will definitely make this again. Great taste and just the right seasonings to give it a zip
I didn't have sumac and substituted the following: rice for the couscous and chicken broth for the water. It was a delightful dish and I'm sure, had I had the proper ingredients on hand, it would have been absolutely outstanding. It's a keeper!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Turkish Fish Stew
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 456
** Calories from Fat: 112
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