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Marmitako a Basque tuna stew.

Marmitako Recipe | Basque Tuna Stew

This easy marmitako recipe is based on the famous Basque tuna stew.
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 422.83kcal


  • 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
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • Red pepper paste or a dried sweet red pepper in Spain I use ñora -- you could substitute a spicy pepper for a kick!
  • 1 tsp. pimentón smoked Spanish paprika
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes or two diced medium tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4-5 medium potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 cups Fish stock (475ml)
  • Chopped parsley leaves for garnish
  • 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.
  • Now add the tomatoes and cook for about one minute.
  • Add 1/2 cup dry white wine and cook for about one minute.
  • Add the potatoes, along with 2 cups of fish broth and 1 cup 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: 422.83kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.88g | Protein: 32.97g | Fat: 7.31g | Saturated Fat: 1.71g | Cholesterol: 43.09mg | Sodium: 74.1mg | Potassium: 1588.37mg | Fiber: 7.2g | Sugar: 8.31g | Vitamin A: 4555.16IU | Vitamin C: 105.6mg | Calcium: 67.69mg | Iron: 4.09mg
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