This easy to make and delicious recipe comes from the French Basque country. ‘Basquaise’ is the name of the sauce made with peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onion and olive oil. It is often used with fish (tuna) on the coast or with chicken, more inland. For vegetarians, it can also be used with rice on its own and it is still absolutely delicious!
Marmitako started out being a nutritional dish that tuna fisherman would eat on board, today it's a very popular dish thanks to the growing interest in Basque cuisine as well as being one of the best ways to prepare tuna. Marmita in Spanish or marmite in traditional French refers to a metal pot with a lid, marmitako (Basque language) means 'from the pot'. The quickest way to sum this dish up is to say it's a fish stew, but it's not as boring as it sounds – it's very warming and tasty.