Fish Stew

Our family has Indian heritage and one of the dishes I use to love as  kid was called Fish Molee, this had a similar taste to this stew but has tomatoes in rather than just coconut.

Recipe: (serves 4)


2 Small Onions sliced (she used red from the garden but one large white onion is fine)

4 Small Tomatoes

1/ 2 Red Pepper diced

1/2 Butternut Squash chunks

1 Sweet Potato chunks

3 Garlic Cloves grated

2″ Ginger grated

1 Red Chilli chopped (she used extra flakes later to make it more spicy this is up to you and your spice tolerance 😉 )

1 tbsp Jeera (cumin powder)

1/2 tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Paprika

3 Bay leaves

2″ Creamed Coconut Block chunk

2 tbsp Oil (she used sunflower)

2 tsp Brown Sugar

1 Fish Stock Cube

Handful Flat Leaf Parsley


500g White Fish (she used filetes de merluza, but you can use cod)

Large cooked shell on Prawns (enough for about 4 per person)


Heat the oil in a deep pan. Add in the onions and soften on a medium heat.

Then add in the red pepper, garlic, ginger and chilli and cook for 3 minutes.


Whilst this is cooking dice the tomatoes and sprinkle over the sugar, set aside. This is a trick I did a few years back when making a Chinese curry it sweetens the tomatoes.


Add the spices, bay leaves and stock cube to the onions in the pan, stir for 2 minutes then add in the tomatoes and sugar. Let this cook for a few minutes then add the coconut chunks and 100ml water. Stir well and let the coconut melt.



Add in the butternut squash and the potatoes and pour in just enough water to cover the vegetables. Let this simmer on low until they are soft and cooked.


Lovely yellow colour

Season with salt and pepper, then taste. This is where my Aunt added more chilli.

Once the vegetables are cooked add in chunks of the fish (skin on)…


chunks of white fish

Careful when stirring the dish as you do not want the fish to break up.

Once the fish is cooked add in the prawns, just to warm them through.


Once the prawns are warmed through its ready to serve. serve straight from the pan with chunky bread and a sprinkle of fresh parsley…



Very tasty, thanks Auntie Carol it was deeeeeeeeelish ❤ ❤ ❤

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