Grandma's zarzuela of fish and seafood, the traditional Catalan recipe that will surprise you

Easy fish zarzuela recipe

The fish and seafood zarzuela It is one of the best-known dishes in Catalan gastronomy. . This traditional dish is a combination of various ingredients from the sea, such as fish, shellfish and squid, in a soup with a tomato and onion base, seasoned with white wine and bay leaves.

Zarzuela is a dish that It has been eaten for centuries along the Catalan coast and is an example of the great variety of fish and seafood that can be found along the entire Mediterranean coast.

The preparation It is simple but requires time and patience to obtain a good result. The ingredients are slowly cooked to achieve an intense and concentrated flavor, and it is usually served in a clay pot to keep the heat and exquisite flavor in the sea.

The combination of flavors is truly unique, with a mix of sweetness from tomatoes, the aroma of white wine and the softness of fish and seafood, which makes it an ideal dish for any occasion , from a casual dinner with friends to a special event.

Furthermore, it is a healthy source of protein and other nutrients , and it is an excellent option for those looking for a healthy and balanced diet.

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How to cook fish and seafood zarzuela

  1. The first step is to clean the seafood and fish well to avoid any type of impurity.
  2. We also clean the squid and cut it into rings or strips. This depends on each person's taste.
  3. Now it's time to cut the fish. You can use the type you like best. I normally prepare zarzuela with hake and monkfish. I always take advice from the fishmonger or fishmonger and choose the freshest that day.
  4. Now it's time to prepare the vegetables. Peel and chop the garlic and onion into small pieces.
  5. We wash the 2 green peppers, open them, take out the seeds inside and also run water through them. We cut into pieces.
  6. Grate the ripe tomatoes onto a plate. It is important that they are well ripe.
  7. In a large skillet or casserole, heat a little olive oil and fry the onion, garlic and peppers over medium heat until tender.
  8. Add the grated tomatoes and cook for approximately 5 minutes.
  9. We add the fish broth, the glass of white wine and the bay leaves. Season with salt and ground black pepper. You can also choose to add a little paprika.
  10. We add the pieces of fish and the rings or strips of squid to the casserole and cook for 10-12 minutes.
  11. Add the shellfish (mussels, prawns, clams...) and cook for another 5 minutes or until the clams and mussels open and the prawns are pink.
  12. All that remains is to serve the fish zarzuela and enjoy this dish full of flavors of the sea.
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Ruben Canadas

I started cosmorecipes in 2020 during the time we were cooped up at home. Having so much free time I spent a lot of time in the kitchen trying different dishes. So I decided to mix cooking with my other great passion: web programming. That's why I decided to open this blog where I post the different recipes that I'm cooking.

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