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.

I’ve added a jar of roasted peppers for extra filling. Ever lazy, I bought the jar but you can reduce costs by roasting your own – This would be easiest on a gas hob, but you can use the grill. Simply slice the peppers half, rub the skins with olive oil and pop them under a very hot grill for a few minutes, rotating if needed so they blister evenly. When black spots coat the majority of the pepper, remove and leave to cool before pulling off the skins – This is a much cheaper way of getting the same ingredient; you can buy 4 red peppers from Nour in Brixton for £1. 


To cook:

(Original recipe in bold font, my comments in italics)

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 applies whether you use raw or dry cured chorizo)

Coat the onion in the chorizo oil, then tip in 1 can of chopped 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 4 cod fillets and nestle into the pan. Reduce the heat and gently simmer for about 7 mins.

Gently mix in the can of 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 for mopping.



All ingredients from Sainsburys, unless otherwise stated

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


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