North African-spiced Fish Stew

North African-spiced Fish Stew

As regular readers know harissa is one of my staple flavourings and here it teams with caraway and cumin seeds to give a wonderful warm spiciness to this fish stew. One of the reasons I love harissa so much is that we are lucky here in Hawke’s Bay to have a local chilli and capsicum grown, Orcona Chillis ‘n Peppers, who make a
fabulously fresh tasting harissa paste and this is the one I always use.

North African-spiced Fish Stew

Serves 4

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tbsp harissa paste
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp caraway seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
olive oil
400g can diced tomatoes
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
600g firm white fish fillets, cut into large pieces
crumbled feta cheese
chopped fresh coriander

1              Place garlic, harissa paste, tomato paste, caraway seeds, cumin seeds and a good splash of oil in a large frying pan and mix to combine. Place over a medium-low heat and heat for 4-5 minutes or until fragrant.

2              Add tomatoes, rinse can out with water and add to pan.
Increase heat, bring to simmering and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes until mixture reduces and thickens – you should have a thick rich sauce. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

3              Add fish, cover and cook for 4-5 minutes longer or until fish flakes when tested with a fork.

4              To serve, ladle into bowls and scatter with feta and
coriander.

Serving suggestion: On this occasion I served the stew on a bed of steamed spinach accompanied by crusty bread.

So tell me, is harissa paste an ingredient you use?

Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Fish: Tangaroa Seafoods – Napier; Garlic: Krismaw Gardens –
Hastings; Harissa: Orcona Chillis ‘n Peppers – Hastings; Coriander: The Chef’s Garden@Epicurean– Hastings; Feta: Origin Earth – Havelock North; Olive oil: The Village Press – Hastings; Store
Cupboard Ingredients:
cumin seeds, caraway seeds, tomato paste, tomatoes, salt, black pepper.

Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’
Market each Sunday morning.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe by Rachel Blackmore

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