Cookbook:Bachelor Fish Stew

Bachelor Fish Stew
Category Stew recipes
Servings 1-2
Time 20 minutes

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes

Bachelor Fish Stew is appallingly easy to make, very flexible, and very nutritious (due to the oily fish, beans, and tomatoes).


  • 1 400g (240 drained) tin of beans (kidney, soya, black eye, chickpeas etc) in brine
  • 1 400g tin of tomatoes (chopped or plum)
  • 1 120g tin of mackerel fillets in tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp curry powder (or to taste)
  • salt, pepper, anything else to taste


Open all the tins without cutting yourself. Drain any that don't involve tomato sauce or juice.

Empty everything into a saucepan, remembering to remove the lid first, bring to the boil, then cover and simmer, stirring occasionally until hot enough to eat (5-10 minutes).

No real cooking is involved because all the tinned produce should be cooked already.

Notes, tricks, and variationsEdit

  • Any oily fish will work - sardines, etc.
  • You can add anything that can cook by being boiled - an egg, vegetables chopped to about 1", smallish broccoli florets, etc. But you'll need to simmer long enough to cook the additions - probably 20 minutes will do.
  • If you're feeling advanced, chop and fry an onion in the saucepan with a knob of butter and the curry powder before adding everything else.
  • Serve with pasta to feed more people; probably best to cook the pasta separately.