Chef's Recipes

Brodetto di pesce

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for Italian fish stew from A Tavola restaurant in Bondi.

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 50 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Brodetto di pesce
"I have long been searching for a great brodetto or fish stew and now I've found it in Bondi. Would you please request the recipe from A Tavola?"
Frank Cancian, Norwood, SA
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  • 60 ml olive oil, plus extra for drizzling (¼ cup)
  • 1 fennel bulb, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 each star anise and cinnamon quill
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • Pinch of chilli flakes
  • 200 gm black mussels, scrubbed, bearded
  • 150 gm vongole, soaked in cold water for 15 minutes
  • 100 ml white vermouth
  • 1 litre fish stock (4 cups)
  • 400 gm canned whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 200 gm skinless fillet each lachet, snapper, ocean trout, cut into 2.5cm pieces
  • 2 scampi, halved lengthways
  • To serve: basil and crusty bread


  • 1
    Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat, add fennel, garlic and spices and sauté until garlic starts to colour (2-3 minutes). Increase heat to high, add mussels and vongole and shake pan until they start to open (1-2 minutes). Add vermouth and stir occasionally until all open (3-4 minutes). Remove shellfish and fennel and set aside. Add stock, tomatoes and bay leaf to pan, bring to the simmer, reduce heat to medium-high and simmer until reduced by half and a thin-soup consistency (25-35 minutes). Blend with a stick bender, strain through a sieve into a clean pan.
  • 2
    Bring soup to the simmer over medium heat, add fish and poach (1-2 minutes). Stir in scampi, mussels, vongole and fennel and cook for 5-7 minutes, then remove from heat, cover and stand for 5 minutes to allow flavours to develop. Season to taste and serve scattered with basil, drizzled with oil and with crusty bread.