4 portions. Maximum cost: £22.20, 

Skill level: Very easy, 

Total cooking time: 25 mins, 

  • Prep time: 5 mins, 
  • Cooking time: 20 mins, 

Equipment used: 1 large frying pan, 

Original recipe: (BBC Good Food’s) Cod & chorizo stew


Potentially the easiest recipe on the blog to date. Fact.

This does come in quite expensive for 4 portions, however cod isn’t cheap – you could replace with less fish (more stew) or a cheaper fillet


To cook:

(Original recipe in bold font)

Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and add 1 diced onion. Cook over a medium heat for 5 mins until starting to soften.

Add the chorizo and cook for another few mins to release the oil. (This applied whether you use fresh or dry cured chorizo)

Coat the onion in the chorizo oil, then tip in the tomatoes.

Fill the can with water and tip that in too – Personally, I skip this step, or just add a splash of water to loosen the tomato mixture. 

Season and bring to the boil.

Once boiling, season the cod fillets and nestle into the pan. Reduce the heat and gently simmer for about 7 mins.

Gently mix in the butter beans and cook for 1-2 mins more until hot.

I also add in a jar of roasted red peppers at this stage too, simply slice the larger pieces in half

Scatter with parsley and serve in bowls.

If you fancy, add some dried chilli flakes before serving. Serve with rocket salad or bread



  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped (20p)
  • 200g cooking chorizo, chopped into small pieces (£2 for 250g)
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes (£1)
  • 4 cod fillets (£15)
  • 1 400g can of butter beans, drained (50p)
  • ½ small pack parsley, roughly chopped (£1)
  • 1 jar of roasted red peppers (£2.50)


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