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Fish in crazy water is a classic Neopolitan dish of fresh fish, poached with carrots, celery, onions and tomatoes. The fish is tender, the veggies are crisp-tender, the broth is sweet and delicious, and dinner is on the table in just 30 minutes.

Fish In Crazy Water


Quick, easy, healthy recipe for fish poached with fresh vegetables and tomatoes.


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  • For this recipe you'll need a large skillet with a lid
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh fish fillets, such as snapper, sea bass, Branzino or Orata, cut into 4 portions.
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, slightly smashed and peeled (see how to smash garlic here)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 celery stalks, washed, ends trimmed, cut into matchsticks or chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 or 3 carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks or chopped (1 1/2 cups
  • 1 pint of ripe cherry tomatoes, washed and cut into quarters (10-11 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste


  1. Heat olive oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat for a minute or so, until the garlic starts to sizzle a bit. Add the carrots, celery and onions. Sauté, stirring, for 2 minutes or so, until the vegetables start to soften (regulate the heat so they don't brown)
  2. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring, for a minute or so, to heat the tomatoes. Add the fish, tucking it down into the vegetables. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 1/2 cups water. Bring the liquid to a simmer. Cover and cook over medium low heat (gentle simmer) for 10 minutes or until the fish is just cooked through and the vegetables are softened. Stir in half the parsley.
  3. Divide fish, veggies and broth among 4 shallow bowls. Season with black pepper, to taste. Serve right away, while hot, with additional chopped parsley sprinkled on top.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Lunch or Dinner
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: poached fish, fish poached with vegetables, Italian fish recipe