Spanish Style Orzo & Cod Stew…

We don’t eat enough fish and I am quite a fussy fish lover, there isn’t many fish I like so I like to come up with different ways to have it and this stew type dish with added orzo is a super tasty dish.

You can add any fish you like, you can also add in some shellfish like prawns, squid etc to suit your own tastes. Adjust the heat by adding less or more chilli flakes to also suit your own tastes.

  • Some recommended items from our kitchen to make this dish… Double sided dry and liquid measuring spoons for times when you need to measure both liquid and dry ingredients.
  • A decent set of knives for chopping, with a knife sharpener which is always handy.

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Spanish style Orzo & Cod Stew

Serves 4


  • 400g skinless and boneless cod fillets, cut into chunks
  • 50g chorizo, diced
  • 250g dried orzo pasta
  • 2 medium red onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 small courgette, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lazy garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 500ml boiling fish or vegetable stock
  • Handful frozen peas


  1. In a large pan add the onions, celery, peppers, carrots, celery, garlic, chilli flakes, fennel seeds, chorizo and a little of the stock and season with salt and pepper, cover and simmer on a low heat until the veg begins to soften.
  2. Add the saffron, paprika, tomatoes, pasta and the remaining stock and bring to a low simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes stirring occasionally until the pasta is almost cooked, add a little more water if its drying out.
  3. Add the courgette and cod, cover with a lid and simmer for 5 – 10 minutes until the fish is cooked through. Serve with a wedge of lemon to squeeze over the top.