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Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:376
Ready in:40 minutes
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:30 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:19th January 2013

A typical Basque recipe based on bonito (see 'Chef’s notes' below), potatoes and peppers.


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  1. Heat some olive oil in a deep frying pan and gently sauté the onion, garlic, green peppers and potatoes until the onions are soft.
  2. Cover with sufficient water or fish stock.
  3. Add the bay leaves and the salt and boil for about 10 minutes. Top up with more water if necessary.
  4. Add the bonito and tomatoes if using, and let it simmer for a further 10 minutes
  5. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.


You can include other small vegetables such as peas and use white wine instead of some of the water or stock.

Chef's notes

Bonito is a fish, which is a cross between mackerel and tuna. The true bonito (which is darkish) is not easily found in the UK so use tuna steaks instead. The fish sold in tins called "Bonito del Norte", whilst excellent is, in fact, white tuna.

Marmitako tastes better when prepared a day in advance.

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