Seafood and tomato tagine

1 hour 25 minutes


  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and sliced into strips
  • 1 red pepper, cored, deseeded and sliced into strips
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 100g of celery, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp of fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp salt, or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp caster sugar
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 500g of live mussels
  • 500g of squid, cleaned and sliced into 1cm-thick rings
  • 300g of large prawns, peeled and uncooked

To serve

  • 50g of feta, crumbled
  • bread, or couscous, to serve on the side


Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium-low heat. Add the onions, cover the pan and leave to cook for about 10 minutes or until they are soft and translucent, stirring occasionally. Add all the remaining ingredients, except the seafood and feta. Bring to the boil over a high heat, then re-cover the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 1 hour or until you have a fragrant sauce
Meanwhile, prepare your mussels. Sort through them and chuck out any with damaged shells or that don’t shut when lightly tapped on a surface. Pull away any beards and scrape off any barnacles attached to the shells with a knife, then rinse thoroughly under cold running water and drain
Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt if necessary. Once the sauce is ready, it’s time to cook your seafood, but make sure that you are ready to serve before adding it because it will cook within minutes. Don’t forget that the sauce has to be warm in order to cook the seafood, so if you have prepared it in advance and it’s cold then reheat it before adding the seafood. Throw in the prepared mussels, squid and prawns, then give everything a good stir to ensure that the seafood is well coated with the sauce
Cover the pan and cook for 5–7 minutes or until the mussel shells have opened and the other seafood is just cooked – be careful not to overcook, otherwise it will become very chewy. Discard any mussels that have failed to open
Sprinkle over the feta and serve immediately with bread or couscous