Italian fish stew slow cooker recipe

Italian fish stew

This is a first for me, cooking fish in the slow cooker and I am pleased to report it worked exceptionally well. I was inspired by Mediocre Mum who made Chorizo, new potato and haddock and I took up the challenge to see if I could create one of our favourite recipes without having to slave over a hot stove all afternoon.

It worked and here is your fish stew slow cooker recipe. Enjoy!

Italian Fish stew

2tbsps olive oil
100g smoked pancetta or diced lardons
3 cloves of gralic crushed
1 tsp chilli powder (more if you like a kick)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
200g white fish – I added two pieces of salmon to my stew as well, I removed the scaly skin first though ;)
1 bag of frozen mixed seafood
1 x 200g pack of jumbo prawns
200ml white wine
2tbsps fresh torn basil leaves
salt and pepper to season
I had about 200g of fresh home grown tomatoes from the garden which I threw in too

Defrost any frozen fish before starting this recipe

frozen seafood mix

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan and fry off the pancetta to colour, add the chopped garlic to soften. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes and chilli powder and heat through for a few minutes before adding to the slow cooker set on low.

Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan and fry the fish off for about 1 minute on each side. Add to the slow cooker.

Pour in the white wine, add the defrosted seafood and prawns, add most of the basil holding back a little for decoration and season well. I added my home grown tomatoes chopped up too

home grown tomatoes

Cook for 2 hours on high setting or 4 hours on low

Italian fish stew in slow cooker

Serve in bowls with a basil leaf with crusty bread to accompany and mop up

Italian fish stew



Not over spicy, in fact next time I might add a bit more to it as I like a kick to my fish stew.


  1. October 19, 2012 / 8:51 AM

    I really should get myself a slow cooker, it would be well used in my house. This recipe looks delicious x

  2. Otilia
    October 26, 2012 / 6:16 PM

    the soup looks good! we have something similar in Romania but i never fancy it. looking at yours something tells me i should give it a try again.

    • October 24, 2013 / 3:09 PM

      I need to do this one again and take a better photo now I’ve learnt a little bit – buon appetito!

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