José Pizarro's Sopa Bullabesa de Almería

José Pizarro's Sopa Bullabesa de Almería

The king of Spanish cuisine, José Pizarro, shares his ultimate fish stew- this showstopper is perfect when you’re willing to splash a little cash to really impress.

Cooking Time (Including Preparation Time): 20 Minutes


Feel free to substitute the seafood when they’re out of season for more seasonal catches!

Be sure to check out José’s gorgeous book, ‘Andalusia’, for more delicious recipes from southern Spain.

Be flexible with your seasoning- taste as you go, and adjust accordingly.

Feeds: 4 People


  • 1 Onion

  • 1 Bulb of Fennel

  • 2 Tsp of Smoked Pimentón de la Vera

  • Pinch of Saffron

  • 200ml White Wine

  • 50ml Pernod (or any Anise Liqueur)

  • 300g Ripe Tomatoes

  • Half an Orange

  • 200ml Shellfish or Fish Stock

  • 400g Monkfish

  • 400g Clams, Cleaned

  • 500g Raw Prawns, Shell On

  • Olive Oil

  • Salt

  • Pepper


  1. Soak your saffron in two tbsp of boiling water, then finely chop up your onion and fennel, saving the fennel fronds for later use. Pour a generous glug of olive oil into a large frying pan over a medium heat and whack in your fennel and onion chunks. Cook these gently, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes until softened.

  2. Next, add in your pimentón and saffron along with it’s water, then add in the in the wine and pernod. Leave this to bubble for 1-2 minutes, and soak up the delicious smells.

  3. Peel and chop your tomatoes, zest and juice your orange, then add this all to your frying pan along with the stock. Have a taste to test your seasoning, then bring this all to a simmer.

  4. Chop your monkfish into chunks. Add these chunks to the pan, then cook for a further 3-4 minutes before chucking in your clams and prawns. Leave this to cook for another 2-3 minutes until the prawns go a lovely pink and the clams open up (some won’t, but don’t stress, just discard them).

  5. Scatter your fennel fronds over this, and serve with crusty bread to soak up the lovely broth. Gather your MOB round and tuck into this rich and simple feast.