Fish for Friday is a good slogan since fish is extremely healthy, good for our brain and heart. But the day does not really matter. We should eat fish at least once in a week or more often. Iceland is one of the best sources of healthy fish, probably most famous for its cod, but several other species are to be found in the rich fishing grounds around the country. Amongst them are monkfish and coldwater shrimp, pandalus borealis, both found in this recipe for seafood paella. This impressive Spanish one pot, with monkfish, king prawns and mussels, is perfect for feeding a crowd at a dinner party as it serves 8. The recipe is from Good Food magazine.
20-24 raw shell-on king prawns
2 tbsp olive oil
500g monkfish, cut into chunks
1 large onion, finely chopped
500g paella rice
4 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
pinch of saffron
½ x 400g can chopped tomatoes (save the rest for the stock, below)
500g mussels, cleaned
100g frozen peas
100g frozen baby broad beans
handful parsley leaves, roughly chopped
For the stock
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
½ x 400g can chopped tomatoes
6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 chicken stock cube
1 star anise
Peel and de-vein the prawns, reserving the heads and shells. Return the prawns to the fridge.
To make the stock, heat the oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat and add the onion, tomatoes, garlic, and reserved prawn shells and heads. Cook for 3-4 mins, then pour in 2 litres of water and add the stock cube and star anise. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 mins. Leave to cool slightly, then whizz in batches in a blender or food processor. Strain through a fine sieve.
Heat the oil in a large paella pan or an extra-large frying pan. Brown the monkfish for a few mins each side, then remove and set aside. Add the onion and fry for 4-5 mins until softened.
Stir in the rice and cook for 30 secs to toast. Add the garlic, paprika, cayenne (if using) and saffron, cook for another 30 secs, then stir in the tomatoes and 1.5 litres of the fish stock. Bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook, stirring, for about 10 mins (the rice should still be al dente). Return the monkfish to the pan with the prawns, mussels, peas and broad beans.
Cover the pan with a large baking tray, or foil, and cook on a low heat for another 10-15 mins until the mussels are open and the prawns are cooked through. Scatter over the parsley before serving.
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