Scrumptious Seafood: Normandy Fish Stew

With Valentine’s Day coming up, now’s the time to try your hand at something suitably impressive – all the better if it’s short on prep time, big on presentation. Flex your gourmet muscle with this scrummy French stew via BBC Good Food. Good luck!


  • 500g mussels, cleaned and debearded (discard any that don’t close when tapped on the sink)
  • 300ml cider or white wine
  • large knob of butter
  • 2 leeks, cleaned and sliced
  • 100g baby button mushrooms halved
  • 150ml crème fraîche
  • 4 fillets skin-on sustainable white fish (plaice would be perfect)
  • small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped


  1. Place mussels and cider or wine in a wide, shallow pan. Cover and place on a high heat for 3-4 mins, shaking pan a few times until mussels have opened. Tip into a colander over a bowl to catch the juices. Discard any that have not opened.
  2. Place the pan back on the heat with a large knob of butter. Sizzle the leeks for 8 mins until soft, then add the mushrooms. Add the mussel cooking liquid and crème fraîche and bubble down for 5 mins to reduce by half. Turn down the heat and add the fish. Cover and gently poach for 10 mins until cooked, then carefully lift out. Stir through the mussels and parsley and heat through.
  3. If you want, place the fish back in the pan to serve from the table or place a piece of fish in each serving bowl and spoon everything else around it. Delicious served with boiled waxy potatoes, such as Pink Fir Apple.
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