Spicy Hungarian Tilapia Stew

Spicy Hungarian Tilapia Stew Recipe
Photo: Squire Fox; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross


Talk about packing some heat: This stew is fiery-fantastic, and we absolutely love it. You can alter the spiciness by using a milder pepper (such as banana pepper or Anaheim chile) or adjusting the amounts and types of paprika.


Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups soup, 3 tablespoons tomato mixture, and 1 tablespoon dill)
Total time: 40 Minutes

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Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 40 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 263
Fat 8.9 g
Satfat 4.7 g
Monofat 2.4 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 37 g
Carbohydrate 7 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 102 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 580 mg
Calcium 55 mg


3 Hungarian wax chiles
1/3 cup chopped tomato
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup thinly sliced leek (white and light green parts only)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon Hungarian sweet paprika
2 teaspoons Hungarian hot paprika
1 cup clam juice
1 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 pounds tilapia fillets, cut into (3-inch) pieces
1/4 cup dill fronds


1. Thinly slice chiles; discard stems. Combine 1/2 cup sliced chiles, tomato, and vinegar in a small bowl; set aside.

2. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; swirl until butter foams. Add remaining sliced chiles, leek, thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; sauté 3 minutes or until softened. Add tomato paste and sweet and hot paprikas; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, clam juice, stock, and wine. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Add fish; cover and simmer 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Ladle soup into shallow bowls; top with tomato mixture. Sprinkle evenly with dill.


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