Caldeirada (Portuguese Fish Stew)

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

A very typical dish in Portugal

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot put layers of onions, tomatoes, fish, peppers and potatoes. Make layers until ingredients are over. On top put parsley, laurel leaf, saffron and salt. Sprinkle with wine, water and olive oil.
  2. Take to the stove and let cook in a small flame for about 45 minutes. Shake the pan once in a while. DO NOT STIR, just shake the pan.


Most Helpful

Excellent dish. The crucial thing is not to cover the ingredients; we used 1/4 cup olive oil, and then, five minutes later, 1/2 cup of champagne. It bubbled up over the ingredients, turning yellow with saffron. We didn't add water, so some of the potatoes and fish steamed rather than boiled.

James Elkins March 30, 2008

Thought this dish was great. Very filling. Not sure if that was all due to the potatoes. I used a variety of fish (whatever variety i found at the store) the blend of saffron and wine was excellent, would recommend this dish to everyone.

Matoszinho October 03, 2007

We loved this... it's an excellent recipe where things can be added for personal taste. DH, although he liked it as it was, said that he fancied Garlic in it next time and more wine LOL, for me I'd like to have added a little more saffron becuase it's a taste that I am enjoying more and more. I will experiment with it and get it perfect for us. DH made this and since I'm being careful with the calories he did cut back the olive oil a LOT... half a cup seemed a little much and it was still really good with less. Please see my rating system: a wonderful 4 stars for a very authentic Portuguese recipe that tasted lovely and that we will be making again. Thanks!

kiwidutch September 10, 2007

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