Bluefish as the Fisherman's Flag: Bandiera alla Marinara

Total Time:
45 min
10 min
Inactive Prep:
35 min
6 servings


  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 ribs celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 baking potato, like russets, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 teaspoon chile flakes
  • 1 cup Gaeta olives
  • 2 tablespoons salted capers, rinsed
  • 1 pound fresh plum tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 11/2 pounds bluefish fillet, skin and bones removed, cut into 4-ounce pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped to yield 1/4 cup
    • Directions

      In a 12 to 14-inch saute pan, heat the oil until almost smoking. Add the onion, garlic, celery, and potato and saute 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown. Add the chile flakes, olives, capers, and tomatoes, and cook 7 to 8 minutes, until the tomatoes have fallen apart. Add the water and bring to a boil. Season the fish well with salt and pepper, place it in the pan and cook, covered, for 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.