Easy Bacalao - Puerto Rican Fish Stew

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins

Mmmm...serve with crusty rolls to soak up the juices! This quick version of Puerto Rican Stew from Eating Well Magazine uses tilapia or any white flaky fish. The traditional dish uses bacalao, or salted dried codfish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a large high-sided skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  2. Add fish, tomatoes and their juices, chile pepper, cilantro, olives, capers, oregano and salt; stir to combine. Add up to 1/2 cup water if the mixture seems dry. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat. Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with avocado if desired.


Most Helpful

I too made this recipe when I saw it on the EatingWell website. I was a little skeptical because it looked kind of weird, but it turned out so good! It wasn't fishy at all and my husband thought it was chicken. I used tilapia because it was on sale. Perfect and highly recommended.

Pismo February 26, 2010

My husband asks for this soup on a regular basis. It's awesome and I usually have all the ingredients on hand. Sometimes I add a touch of hot oil to spice it up more.

ksenko October 29, 2015

Loved this exactly as the recipe is written! Serve with bread because you won't want to leave a drop of the stew in your bowl!!

DSimone May 28, 2013

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