Mexican Fish Stew
- 4 6 -ounce tilapia fillets, each cut into 4 pieces
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 3 limes (2 juiced, 1 cut into wedges)
- 1/2 pound new potatoes, thickly sliced
- 4 small pieces frozen corn on the cob
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon ancho or New Mexico chile powder
- 1 bunch cilantro, leaves and tender stems coarsely chopped
- 1 15 -ounce can no-salt-added diced fire-roasted tomatoes
Put the fish in a shallow dish and season with salt and pepper. Add the lime juice and toss; set aside. Put the potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water and season with salt. Bring to a boil; add the corn and cook, covered, until the vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add all but 1/3 cup of the chopped onion to the skillet along with the thyme and cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic, chile powder and half of the cilantro and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced, about 4 minutes. Add the potatoes, corn and reserved cooking water.
Add the fish and lime marinade to the skillet and simmer, spooning the sauce over the fish, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the stew among bowls and top with the remaining onion and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
Photograph by Antonis Achilleos
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine