Suquet de peix

Suquet de peix

This suquet de peix recipe is a version of a classic Catalonian seafood stew. It's made with a tomato-based sauce, slow-simmered squid, clams and prawns.
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  1. Step 1

    Cover the tomatoes with boiling water and then set them aside for a couple of minutes. Drain the tomatoes, then – when cool enough to handle – peel away the skins. Remove the seeds from the tomatoes and dice the flesh
  2. Step 2

    Add a generous dash of olive oil to a large, lidded, heavy-based pan over medium-low heat. Add the diced jamón. Cook the jamón until the fat has melted – this will take a few minutes – stirring often
  3. Step 3

    When the fat has melted, add the deseeded diced tomatoes, red peppers, celery, onions, smoked paprika, sugar and a pinch of salt. Cook until everything begins to bubble, then turn down the heat as low as it will go. Put the lid on the pan cook very gently for 2 hours
  4. Step 4

    Meanwhile, make the picada. Start by toasting the almonds in a dry pan, stirring and tossing them frequently over a medium heat until lightly golden
  5. Step 5

    Grind the toasted almonds to a paste in a pestle and mortar. Add the garlic and breadcrumbs and mix well
  6. Step 6

    When the tomato sauce is ready, heat up the fish stock, and then add it to the tomato sauce. Add the squid, then simmer until the squid is tender, about 40 minutes
  7. Step 7

    While the squid is cooking, clean your clams by submerging them in salted water for half an hour so that they spit out all the grit and other stuff you don't want to eat
  8. Step 8

    Drain the cleaned clams and add them to the sauce along with the prawns for a few minutes, until the clam shells pop open and the prawns are pink and cooked through
  9. Step 9

    Add a tablespoon of picada to the sauce and stir it in. Taste and decide if you want any more – I found a tablespoon to be enough
  10. Step 10

    Ladle the stew into bowls, then scatter the parsley over and serve with the lemon wedges, and the crusty bread