I usually stick with the traditional slow cooker classics like chili or soup, but recently I was inspired to try something a little different. One thing I’ve never really tried to cook in a crockpot is fish! I am a major seafood lover myself and I often opt for grilled fish, sushi, or seafood salads. Grilling fish becomes tough in the winter and I try not to turn the oven on too much (high electric bills ya know!?)….so slow cooking seafood seems like a perfect way to get my fish fix. To embark on this new cooking adventure I was equipped with some pretty cool seafood products from Bumble Bee. I’ve been a fan of Bumble Bee’s canned tuna and salmon for years, but when I heard they were coming out with a line of frozen seafood I knew I had to try it. I’ve come to expect delicious, high quality seafood from Bumble Bee and the SuperFresh® line does not disappoint.
Usually when you buy a frozen seafood product, it comes with tons of nasty additives, preservatives, and WAY too much salt. What I like about the Bumble Bee SuperFresh® line is that it is totally naturally seasoned, has minimal ingredients (all of the which are REAL food and things you’d find in your own kitchen), and tastes incredibly fresh once cooked. The salmon and tilapia even come with their own parchment paper for baking….they can go from the freezer to the table in under 25 minutes! Perfect for when you want something healthy, but convenient after a long day.
I picked up a few different varieties to experiment with…I used the shrimp as a topper for my dad’s homemade pesto pasta and decided to try the tilapia in my slow cooked fish experiment. Tilapia is very mild on its own but with the garlic and nice seasoning mixture it had on it, I thought it would pair well with some Italian herbs and spices in a fish stew.
Since my family hosts a “Feast of Seven Fishes” dinner every Christmas eve, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to start creating my contribution for the year. Luckily, this first attempt turned out to be a major winner! My Uncle especially loved it. 🙂
- 1 white sweet onion, chopped
- 2 medium stalks celery, finely chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 10 oz package of mushrooms (I used baby bellas)
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1 lb small multi-colored potatoes (or baby red potatoes), cut into small chunks
- 1 16 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 8oz bottle of clam juice
- 16 oz can tomato paste
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 16 oz vegetable broth
- ½ cup dry white cooking wine
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1-2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2½ teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Table Blend
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 packages of Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Tilapia with Olive Oil & Garlic (4 fillets in total)
- In a slow cooker, combine onions, peppers, mushrooms, celery, garlic, parsley, tomatoes, clam juice, tomato paste, tomato sauce, broth wine, vinegar, oil, seasonings, crushed red pepper, and salt & pepper. Microwave potatoes on high for 2 minutes and add to slow cooker. Place frozen tilapia fillets on top of vegetable mixture.
- Cover; cook on High setting for 6-8 hours.
- When tilapia is cooked through, remove from the slow cooker and flake into small pieces on a cutting board. Return fish to slow cooker and stir so it's evenly distributed.
- Serve hot. Best if refrigerated overnight before eating.
This Italian White Fish Stew is delicious. The white cooking wine I used paired perfectly with the tilapia. Also, the slow cooking process creates and amazingly thick and rich tasting tomato-y broth. I love how soft and flavorful all the veggies become as they cook and the fish flakes perfectly after a few hours in the pot.Another thing I love about the fillets from Bumble Bee? They are BIG! None of these minuscule, teeny-tiny portions that most frozen fish comes in! No way. These babies have some meat on them and are actually big enough to satisfy without needing to eat more than one at a time. (Been there done that.) 🙂
Needless to say, I will definitely be buying more of the SuperFresh® products AND making more of this stew! It was gone far too quickly in my household and I am already getting requests to prepare is again. Gotta give the people what they want! 😉
I can’t wait to try these products with a different preparation method. Baking or sauteeing them is so easy and tastes amazing! If you want to try Bumble Bee SuperFresh® for yourself, head to their site for a coupon off your purchase!
Looking for more slow cooker meals? Check these tasty recipes out!
What’s your favorite thing to make in a slow-cooker?
Have you ever had fish stew?
What’s you favorite way to prepare fish?
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