Cazuela de Mariscos – Spanish-Style Shellfish Stew

Cazuela de Mariscos – Spanish-Style Shellfish Stew


Cazuela de Mariscos – Spanish-Style Shellfish Stew

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This traditional Spanish-style shellfish stew comes from Northeastern Spain in the region of Cataluña, where seafood is fresh and abundant. A tangle of shellfish, including clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops, season the broth along with the distinctive earthy flavor of saffron (thanks to Sazón GOYA® with Saffron) and white wine, while silky tomato sauce and a sprinkle of ground almonds add body. Traditionally cooked in a terracotta pot (cazuela), this Spanish-Style Shellfish Stew makes an elegant entrée you’ll be proud to serve at the center of your table.

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large shrimp (16-20 per pound)


large onion, finely chopped, divided


bay leaf


cups water

2 tbsp.

salt (for soaking shellfish), plus more to taste


little neck clams




large sea scallops (about 10 per pound), patted dry

2 tbsp.

brandy or cognac

1 cup

dry white wine

1 tbsp.

almond flour

Finely chopped fresh parsley (optional)


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Step 1

Peel and devein shrimp, discarding veins and transferring shells to medium saucepan. Reserve cleaned shrimp in refrigerator. To saucepan with shrimp shells, add ¼ cup chopped onion and bay leaf; cover with 2 cups water. Bring shell mixture to boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until broth is flavorful and about 1 cup liquid remains, about 20 minutes. Strain shrimp into small saucepan, discarding solids. Stir in Sazón; season lightly with salt. Keep shrimp broth warm.

Step 2

As broth cooks, scrub clams and mussels, discarding any shellfish with cracked shells. Transfer clams and mussels to separate large bowls filled with very cold water; add 1 tbsp. salt to each bowl. Let clams and mussels soak about 20 minutes. Scoop out clams and mussels, discarding soaking liquid, and transfer to bowl; set aside.

Step 3

Heat olive oil in medium, heavy pot or cazuela over medium-high heat. Season scallops lightly with salt. Cook, flipping once, until light golden brown on both sides, about 4-5 minutes; transfer scallops to plate. Add reserved shrimp to same pot; cook, flipping once, until just pink, about 2 minutes; transfer shrimp to plate.

Step 4

Heat remaining oil in same pot over medium heat. Add remaining onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions soften but do not brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in sofrito and garlic, cooking until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomato sauce; bring to simmer. Stir in brandy or cognac; bring to boil and cook until liquid is evaporated, about 2 minutes. Pour in white wine; bring to boil. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pot, until wine is reduced by half, about 7-8 minutes. Pour in reserved warm shrimp broth; bring to boil. Add reserved clams and mussels; return to boil and cover pot. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until clams and mussels open, about 5-8 minutes; discard any clams or mussels that do not open.

Step 5

Stir in almond flour and reserved scallops and shrimp. Cook, stirring occasionally, until broth thickens slightly and scallops and shrimp are warmed through, about 3 minutes more. Evenly divide seafood among shallow bowls; ladle cooking broth over seafood to moisten and sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

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