Moms’ Fish Stew

Recipe created and provided by Chef Crusco Catering in Austin, Texas


  • 3-4 Filets of Fish (Snapper, Trout and Redfish are all good) – skinned and seasoned with salt/pepper
  • 4 tbsps. EVOO
    1 Yellow Onion – peeled and cut into thin slices
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic – peeled and mined
  • 1 large Can Whole Tomatoes – crushed by hand into smaller pieces
  • 1 Large Russet Potato – peeled and cut into 1/8 thin slices – use a Mandolin
  • 1 small bag Frozen Peas – defrosted
  • Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1-2 cups Chicken, Seafood or Vegetable Stock


  1. Start by adding 3tbsps. EVOO to a large pot and place on med-high heat. Once stating to shimmer, add the onions and sauté until starting to sweat and brown (3-4 minutes). Add garlic and cook another minute or two (don’t overcook garlic as it will turn bitter and can ruin your dish).
  2. Immediately add the tomatoes with juices. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 8-10 minutes until some of the juices have reduced and the mixture has come together. Remove mixture from the pot and set aside in a bowl.
  3. Using the same Pot (off the heat) start by adding the 1 tbsp. of EVOO. On low heat start assembling the layers of ingredients and seasoning along the way.
  4. Start the first layer with the rounds of potatoes (season), then add a layer of the onion-tomato mixture. Then add 1 fish filet (you can cut each filet into 2 pieces if needed to fit). Then add the peas. Season along the way.
  5. Then start again with a layer of potatoes, onions mixture, fish and peas. Do this until you run out of ingredients.
  6. At the end add an amount of stock that covers the layer about 3/4 of the way. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Once starting to boil, reduce the heat to med-low.
  7. Cover the pot and slowly simmer for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes and the fish is fully cooked through.
  8. Once ready, remove the lid, turn off the heat and let it sit for another 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, you can warm up a baguette in the oven and open a bottle of The Austin Winery’s Friends with Benefits white wine.
  9. This was one of the first meals Mom taught me how to make so enjoy!