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Rose Harissa Alaska Pollock and Chickpea Stew

Rose Harissa Alaska Pollock and Chickpea Stew 1
Alaska pollock and vegetables stewed with warm spices, topped with wilted spinach is the perfect wintertime supper. Photo credit Steve Lee.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Servings: 4-6 servings


  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 red peppers, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp rose harissa
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 tsp ground sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2, 15 oz canned chickpeas
  • 6 Alaska pollock fillets
  • 2/3 cup spinach leaves, washed
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Lemon wedges, to serve
  • Plain yogurt, to serve
  • Garlic croutons, to serve

  • 3-4 slices of sourdough or ciabatta bread, cut or torn into 1-inch chunks
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
Recipe courtesy of Rachel Green


  1. Step 1 Make the croutons

    Preheat oven to 350F. Toss the bread chunks with the olive oil and garlic and bake in the oven until golden and crispy (approximately 10-20 minutes). Set aside.

  2. Step 2 Cook the vegetables and add seasonings

    Put 3 tablespoons of olive oil into a large heavy-bottomed pot over a medium heat and add the onions and peppers. Fry, stirring from time to time, for about 20 minutes until soft. Stir in the garlic, ginger, tomato purée, harissa, salt, paprika, cumin seeds and ground cumin and cook for 5 more minutes. Add the tomatoes and honey and cook for another 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3 Cook the chickpeas and fish

    Add the chickpeas and their liquid to the pot, turn down the heat to a simmer and leave to bubble away for about 10 minutes by which time the chickpeas should be nice and soft. Add the Alaska pollock fillets to the chickpea mixture, put the lid on and cook the fish for 5 minutes.

  4. Step 4 Cook the spinach

    Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan over a high heat and when the oil is simmering, add the leaves and allow them to cook for two minutes. Turn and leave for another two minutes. Remove from the heat, add some black pepper and salt to taste and set aside.

  5. Step 5 Assemble in bowl and serve

    Place the fish and chickpea mixture in a bowl with the cooked spinach on top. Serve with lemon wedges, a few croutons or flat breads and some yogurt on the side.

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Green