Mexican Rockfish Stew

rockfish mexican stew

Mexican Rockfish Stew Recipe

Can you feel the change in the weather on this first gorgeous day of fall?  Warm up this weekend with a hearty Mexican Rockfish Stew to enjoy the gorgeous Colorado fall season.  Seafood stews are one of my favorite meals to prepare.  Simmering fish, hearty vegetables and a bit of heat from chile powder makes this stew delicious.  I first learned to make fish stew from my mother who always made it during lent.  She would always use cod, but any white flaky fish will work with this recipe.  Serve with a squeeze of lime juice, a chunk of rustic bread and a dollop of sour cream for a perfect dinner.

Take advantage of the hot deal on wild Pacific Rockfish fillets at Safeway – just $8.99/lb. through September 26th.  You’ll only need half a pound to make this recipe and that small amount will yield a large pot of stew.

The original recipe that is shown below came from Safeway, but I would suggest altering it a bit based on my mom’s way of cooking fish stew.

I like to dredge the fish in a tablespoon of flour, seasoned with salt, pepper and chile powder before cooking in the pot.  Then heat a teaspoon of olive oil in the pot and add the fish and cook through, turning once, about 6 minutes total.  Once the fish is cooked, I remove from the pot, add a touch more oil and add the onion and garlic to sweat, then add 4 cups of water and the potatoes, corn and tomatoes and seasonings.  Simmer the stew over medium high heat for about 30 – 35 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through.  Add the fish back to the pot during the last 10 minutes of the stew cooking.  This results in a more flavorful stew as you’re cooking with the fish flavors in the pot the entire time.  You can also use seafood stock or broth if you have it on hand.

Either way you make it – let us know how it turns out!

rockfish mexican stew

Mexican Rockfish Stew

Hearty seafood stew made with Rockfish and bold Mexican seasonings.  Delicious flavors sure to heat you up on a cool fall or winter night.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 287kcal


  • 4-6 ounces rockfish fillets cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2-15 ounce cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups Yukon Gold potatoes 1/2" pieces and 1 cup potato cooking water
  • 1 ear fresh corn kernels removed
  • 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbs ancho Chile powder
  • 1 tsp salt divided
  • zest and juice of 1/2 lime


  • 1. In a 2-quart pan, cover potatoes with water and add salt. Bring to a boil and cook potatoes about 8 minutes until soft. Reserve 1 cup of the potato cooking water. Drain remaining liquid from potatoes and set aside.
  • 2. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat, add onion and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and thyme. Sauté for 3 minutes. Add garlic and ancho powder and sauté for an additional minute.
  • 3. Reduce heat to medium, add tomatoes and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Stir in potatoes and reserved potato water. 4. Add fish and corn and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes. Stir in lime juice and zest. Serve.


Calories: 287kcal

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