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Marmitako a Basque tuna stew.

Marmitako Recipe | Basque Tuna Stew

Lauren Aloise
This easy marmitako recipe is based on the famous Basque tuna stew.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4 servings
Calories 422.83 kcal


  • Approx. 1 pound about half a kilo of raw tuna, cut into cubes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 4-5 medium potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes or two diced medium tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp. pimentón smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • Chopped parsley leaves for garnish
  • Red pepper paste or a dried sweet red pepper in Spain I use ñora -- you could substitute a spicy pepper for a kick!
  • Optional: cilantro instead of parsley


  • Coat the bottom on a heavy pot with olive oil and place on medium heat.
  • Add the diced bell pepper and onion and cook for about 10 minutes until soft and translucent (but not brown).
  • Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.
  • Add the red pepper paste (or dried pepper) and the paprika and stir to coat everything
  • Add 1/2 cup dry white wine and cook for about one minute
  • Add 2 cups of fish broth and 1 cup of water
  • Bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender (about 15 minutes)
  • Add a bit more broth or water if necessary
  • Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne (optional)
  • Right before adding the tuna, use the back of a spoon to mash a few of the potatoes in the stew. This will release more starch and thicken the stew a bit more once the tuna is added
  • Add the cubes of tuna and let simmer for five minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and cover for 5-10 more minutes. Taste a piece of tuna to make sure it's fully cooked, and serve immediately.
  • Although it's not traditional, I sometimes serve this over basmati rice, which makes it last even longer!


Calories: 422.83kcalCarbohydrates: 51.88gProtein: 32.97gFat: 7.31gSaturated Fat: 1.71gCholesterol: 43.09mgSodium: 74.1mgPotassium: 1588.37mgFiber: 7.2gSugar: 8.31gVitamin A: 4555.16IUVitamin C: 105.6mgCalcium: 67.69mgIron: 4.09mg
Keyword Marmitako recipe, spanich fish stew, tuna stew
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