Quick and Easy Fish Stew
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This is a recipe I found a while back on the Internet. I had some fish in the freezer that I wanted to use up, and this sounded good. Not only did it look good, it proved to be very good! I ate the whole batch in about 3 days.

The recipe below is modified a little, and I also think that a 1/4 cup of celery added would be a good addition. It already taste a little like a Creole dish, and the celery would make more so. All-in-all has become a standard dish for me around the house. It's simple and delicious. And a great use for the fillets from the smaller fish that you catch.

Other possible modifications that come to mind are adding some cooked rice, using chipotle chile powder or hot sauce instead of the cayenne, add shrimp or replace the fish with shrimp.

3 tbsp olive oil
1 cup of onions, medium chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup of fresh tomato, diced (1 med tomato)
8 oz of clam juice (or shellfish stock)
2/3 cup dry white wine
1 cup water
3 tbls of tomato paste
1 to 1 1/2 lb firm white fish fillets
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 oregano
1/4 thyme
salt, to taste (about 1 1/2 tsp)
fresh black pepper, to taste
2 - 3 tbls butter

Cut fish into serving sized pieces (not much larger than will fit onto a soup spoon).

Heat olive oil in heavy large pot or skillet oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté 4 minutes. Add the parsley and stir 2 minutes. Add tomato, tomato paste and cook 2 minutes longer.

Add clam juice (leaving most of the sediment in the bottle), white wine, water, and the dried seasonings. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the fish and continue to simmer until fish is cooked through, less than 10 minutes. Add the butter to round out the flavors for the stew. Taste, and adjust seasoning if needed. Ladle into bowls and serve.

Cliff Note 1: If you use wild catfish I recommend soaking the catfish in milk over night first. This will remove any muddy flavor in the fish.

Cliff Note 2: I have also added diced zucchini with good results. Add it with the tomatoes.