Sicilian Fish Stew Recipe with Halibut and Fresh Vegetables

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Bring the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean to your table with this delightful Sicilian Fish Stew. The star of the dish is halibut, with a selection of vegetables. Ideal veggie candidates are carrots, zucchini, green beans, red onion, and celery. Lemon and garlic lift the flavors and pine nuts finish off the dish. Buon Appetito!

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Sicilian Fish Stew

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading all the way through for any tips or substitute suggestions, to ensure that you have any specialized ingredients and equipment required and that you understand the steps and timings involved.

This Sicilian fish stew is made with halibut fillets and a variety of vegetables and aromatics. Make sure you serve it with some crusty bread to sop up all the juices!

Halibut is a white, firm-fleshed fish, with a meaty texture. It is the largest flat that can be found living in the freezing cold waters off Scotland, Norway, Iceland and Newfoundland.

We all need to be buying fish from sustainable stocks, so look for farmed or line-caught North Pacific halibut, that’s been certified. Atlantic halibut is an endangered species, while halibut fished around Greenland is considered ‘threatened’.

Check the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to read more about fish stocks in your part of the world.

Because halibut has a tendency to dry out quickly, it is best suited to being used in soups or stews.

If you can’t source halibut, alternative fish to use in this recipe would be cod, haddock, pollock, or sea bass.


Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients (and equipment) needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It does not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, and pepper, as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen already. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • ProteinHalibut Filletschoose halibut cut from the middle of the fish rather than the tail which is full of bones.
  • Fresh ProduceRed Onion, Celery, Carrots, Zucchini (Courgette), Garlic, Green Beans, Lemon, Parsley.
  • Dry White Wine – use a wine you enjoy drinking.
  • Canned Chopped Tomatoes
  • Fish Stock
  • Pine Nuts

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How Do I Make Sicilian Fish Stew?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

How To Make Sicilian Fish Stew

Sicilian Fish Stew

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Bring the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean to your table with this delightful Sicilian Fish Stew.


  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 large celery stalks, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 (28-oz/ 2x400g) can chopped tomatoes, with liquid
  • 2 cups fish stock
  • 1 lb (450g) halibut filets, skin removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and quartered
  • 1 large organic lemon, juice and zest
  • ¾ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup pine nuts


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots, zucchini, and garlic. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the veggies become soft and fragrant.

    Adding Chopped Veggies to Pot
  2. Add the wine and gently scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Stir to combine and simmer for approximately 2-3 minutes.

    Adding Wine to Pot
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and fish stock and bring to a rapid boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover pot and gently simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Adding Chopped Tomatoes to Pot
  4. Uncover and add the chopped halibut and fresh green beans. Cover and continue cooking for 8-10 minutes until the fish is flakey and the green beans are slightly tender.

  5. Add lemon zest and juice and stir in fresh parsley. Remove from heat and season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired.

    Adding Lemon Zest & Parsley

    Stirred Fish Stew
  6. To serve, top each serving with a tablespoon of pine nuts. Enjoy!

    How To Make Sicilian Fish Stew
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 422mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 6gSugar: 10gProtein: 39g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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