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Seafood Stew

This seafood stew recipe is very versatile. If you like, replace the tilapia with salmon, substitute calamari for the scallops, or throw in a few mussels or clams in step 6. Serve it with some good crusty bread and you’ve got dinner in a flash.

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 pound large scallops (about 1 per person)
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed through a garlic press
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, stem and seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups canned or boxed (Pomi) chopped tomatoes, or 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup couscous
  • Pinch of saffron threads or 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 pound tilapia fillets, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped (optional)
  • Lemon wedges for serving (optional)

Serves 4 to 6

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute per side. Remove shrimp to a medium bowl.
  2. Add the scallops to the same skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on one side, and then turn over and cook for 1 minute more. Remove the scallops to the same bowl as the shrimp.
  3. To the same pan add the onion, garlic and bell pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 5 minutes or until the onion just starts to soften.    Add the chicken stock, tomatoes, couscous, saffron or turmeric and cayenne to the pan. Bring the liquid to a boil and then reduce the heat so it just simmers. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tilapia to the pan and cover the pan; cook for 5 minutes more.   
  5. Add the reserved shrimp, scallops, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; stir well. Taste and add more salt and pepper as desired.
  6. Cook for 2 to 3 more minutes or until all of the seafood is cooked through.
  7. Serve immediately with the parsley sprinkled over the top and a slice of lemon, if you like.

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