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All Recipes, Main Dishes / December 11, 2020

Spanish Seafood Stew | Suquet de Pescado from Peñiscola Spain

Peñiscola, Spain, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful seaside towns in all of Spain. Famous for their medieval castle, which overlooks the Mediterranean and their amazing seafood, Today. I´m going to show you how to make one of their most classic dishes. We are talking ¨Suquet de Pescado¨, a Spanish Seafood Stew.

This regional Spanish Seafood Stew is loaded with flavors, super easy to make and comes together in just 45 minutes. With all the seafood stews that are out there, this one stands out above the rest. Very simple yet super delicious.

The secret to this recipe? Make sure to use a Great Saffron, some Spanish Paprika and a great Fish Broth. These 3 ingredients are the back bone of this stew. The higher the quality, the better the flavor.

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Typically this stew is made with fresh seafood in the town of Peñiscola. I used frozen that I thawed out (except for the mussels, I used fresh). Just to make things cheaper and much easier. The secret is to pat the fish down with paper towels. This removes the excess liquid, that way the fish has a great texture and absorbs all the flavors.

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Seafood Stew | Suquet de Pescado from Peñiscola Spain

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • 1/2 onion roughly diced
  • 4 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 tomato finely grated
  • 1 large potato cut into 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) pieces
  • 14 oz cod fillet 400 grams
  • 15 raw jumbo shrimp peeled & deveined
  • 12 fresh mussels
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .50 grams
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 2 1/2 cups fish broth 580 ml
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • handful freshly chopped parsley


  1. Pat down a 14 oz fillet of cod with paper towels, cut into 1 inch (2.54 cm) x 1 inch (2.54 cm) pieces, lightly season with sea salt & black pepper, pat down 15 raw jumbo shrimp (peeled & deveined) with paper towels, lightly season with sea salt & black pepper, wash & scrub clean 12 fresh mussels

  2. Heat a large saute pan or stock pot with a medium-high heat and add in 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, after 90 seconds add in 1/2 onion roughly diced and 4 cloves garlic thinly sliced, mix with the olive oil, after 3 minutes add in 1 large tomato that has been grated, mix together and cook for 2 minutes, then add in 1 large potato cut into 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) pieces and season everything with a generous tsp of sweet smoked paprika, a generous 1/2 tsp of dried thyme, a pinch of sea salt & black pepper, mix together, then add in 2 1/2 cups of fish broth and 1/4 tsp saffron threads, when it comes to a boil place a lid on the pan and lower the fire to a low-medium heat

  3. After 20 minutes remove the lid, the potatoes should be cooked al dente, you can pierce them with a toothpick, it should easily go in but with resistance, add the pieces of cod, mix with the ingredients, 1 minute later add in the shrimp and the mussels, place the lid back on the pan and turn the fire up to a medium-high heat

  4. After 3 to 4 minutes remove the lid, all the mussels should be opened and the seafood perfectly cooked, remove from the heat, transfer into serving bowls, garnish with freshly chopped parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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  1. Pamela

    Looks divine! It’s been cold and raining so I’ll give this a try tonight. What would you recommend as an alternative to the fish broth?

    04 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can use chicken or vegetable broth 🙂 Much love

      05 . Jan . 2023
  2. David

    Going to make this tomorrow ! Looks delicious ! Spanish food is a whole new world for me to cook .

    13 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Hope you enjoy 🙂 Much love

      14 . Apr . 2021
  3. Alan Guest

    The sauce is to die for , cooked this dish once already but looking forward to enjoying it again tomorrow, especially for my lady !

    05 . Mar . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that Alan! much love 🙂

      05 . Mar . 2021
  4. Choi

    5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe you introduce.
    Would you please tell me how to make the fish broth?

    09 . Feb . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      The one I used was store-bought. Here in Spain they are easy to find and have a great flavor. Check with your local supermarket 🙂 much love

      09 . Feb . 2021
  5. Raffaela

    5 stars
    I love this dish! It is easy to make and you don’t need a ton of ingredients for it, but it is delicious and light.

    20 . Dec . 2020
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! much love 🙂

      20 . Dec . 2020

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