Acquapazza (fish stewed with tomatoes, herbs and garlic) – Campania
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Categories: Kids, Dairy Free, Healthy, Quick and Easy, Gluten Free*Use gluten free bread, Season: Summer
Recipe type: Secondo (Main course)
Cuisine: From Campania
Serves: 3 servings
  • 120 mls (1/2 cup) extra virgin olive oil, good quality plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 garlic cloves, skinned and finely chopped
  • 1 chilli, washed, stemmed, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 20 cherry tomatoes, stem removed, washed and cut in half
  • 5 grams (¼ cup) flat leaf Italian parsley, washed, leaves removed, and finely chopped
  • 400 ml (1¾ cups) water
  • 6 grams (1 teaspoon) sea salt
  • 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) whole fish, gutted, scaled, gills trimmed and rinsed (can add clams, mussels, and/or prawns if you like)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Crusty bread cut into slices
  1. Select a container which fits the size of the fish but not much more (the liquid needs to come into contact with as much of the fish as possible to cook evenly and infuse flavour). Place in the container the olive oil and heat over medium heat.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant but not coloured.
  3. Add the tomatoes, parsley, chilli, water, 1 teaspoon of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  4. Add the fish and cover.
  5. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until the thickest part of the fish can be easily pierced. Baste the fish twice during cooking. Place the fish on a serving platter, cover with the sauce and serve.
Recipe by Living a Life in Colour at