James Martin is the author of 15 bestselling and award winning books and the ex-presenter of the ever so popular Saturday Kitchen Show. Tweeters have expressed that they miss their Yorkshire born culinary favourite so here’s a recipe to remind us.

These recipes come from the BBC Good Food Show Summer London where James will be demonstrating his cooking skills and signing books for visitors at the ExCel on Friday 20th May- Saturday 21st May. 

James says:

You can make this with a mixture of any shellfish, and you can include oily fish or fresh tuna. If you’re adding shellfish like mussels and clams, add them in the last 5 minutes to avoid overcooking.

I cook this in a wood-fired pizza oven, but any heavy-based pot in a hot oven will do fine. You can even make it on a barbecue with a lid, which gives it an added smokiness. The combination of bread, fish and tomatoes tastes superb.

Serves 4

  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
200ml extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 head of fennel, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 4 star anise
  • 300ml white wine
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • a handful of torn basil leaves
  • 200g puréed brown crabmeat
  • 1 small sourdough loaf, cut into small chunks
  • 1 cooked small lobster, cut into pieces
  • 3 x 75g cod or pollock fillets, skin on
  • 1 mackerel, cut into large chunks

  • 12 raw tiger prawns, shells on
  • 1kg mussels

  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to as high as it will go.
  2. Put the onion, garlic, 75ml of the olive oil, the fennel, fennel seeds, star anise and half the white wine into a large ovenproof sauté pan. Stir well, then place in the oven for 5–6 minutes until just softened. Remove and stir well, then mix in the tomatoes, half the basil and the crabmeat, and return to the oven for another 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, put the chunks of bread into a roasting tray, drizzle with 50ml of the olive oil, toss to coat, then take the sauce out of the oven and put the bread in to roast for a few minutes until just browned.
  4. Add the lobster, cod or pollock, mackerel, prawns, mussels and the rest of the wine
to the pan of sauce, then add lots of black pepper. Return to the oven for 8–10 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.
  5. Scatter the croutons on top of the fish, then sprinkle the remainder of the basil over the top, and finish with the last of the olive oil.

Serve in the cooking pot at the table.

Recipe from More Home Comforts by James Martin. James Martin will be at the BBC Good Food Show Summer London on Friday 20th May and Saturday 21st May. He will be cooking live in the Supertheatre and appearing on the BBC Good Food Stage.