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Seafood stew

Seafood stew
Eric Boyd /

If Dinah Washington had ever recorded a song about stew in springtime, the first line would have to be, "What a difference a name makes." Blanquette, navarin, ragout and fricassee are all stews but sound so much more seductive in ... Read more

Total time: About 35 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 6 spring onions or 2 slender leeks, white part only, washed well and thinly sliced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup dry vermouth
  • 2/3 cup clam juice
  • 8 fingerling potatoes, well scrubbed, sliced 1/2 -inch thick
  • 1/2 pound monkfish, membrane removed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound bay scallops
  • 1/2 pound lump or Dungeness crab meat
  • 1 cup fresh green peas, blanched in salted boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes, then shocked in ice water (or 1 cup frozen peas, thawed)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

Step 1Melt the butter in a heavy, enameled cast iron saute pan (such as Le Creuset) over medium heat. Add the spring onions or leeks with a generous pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the vermouth and clam juice and bring to a high simmer.

Step 2Add the potatoes; season again. Cover and cook over low heat until the potatoes are fork tender, about 15 minutes.

Step 3Season the monkfish with salt and pepper and add to the pan. Cover partway and cook over low heat 7 minutes. Add the scallops and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, until they are almost translucent. Add the crab, peas, cream and dill and cook 2 minutes, or until the crab is warmed through.

Step 4Using a slotted spoon, transfer the seafood and vegetables to a warm, shallow serving dish. Raise the heat and reduce the cooking liquid until it has the consistency of sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt and pepper as needed. Pour over the seafood and vegetables.


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