It’s that time of year again, high summer, tuna fishing season, and time to celebrate the great Basque dish marmitako. Literally meaning “from the pot,” marmitako is a simple tuna stew. There are slight variations when it comes to preparing the dish but the basic ingredients are always the same: tuna and potatoes together with some onion, green pepper, garlic, and tomato. There’s a good recipe for the dish at the Eusko Guide Blog here.


Marmitako or tuna pot. Photo by Núria Pueyo, via Wikimedia Commons

See another recipe for marmitako, as well as for other classic Basque dishes, in Hasier Etxeberria’s On Basque Cuisine, available free to download here via the Etxepare Basque Institute.

In “Social Values and Sustainable Practices among Basque Inshore Fisherman” by Pio Perez Aldasoro, a chapter in Sustainable Development, Ecological Complexity, and Environmental Values, edited by Ignacio Ayestarán and Miren Onaindia, there is a discussion of contemporary Basque fishing practices, arguing that the care and protection of the marine environment are paramount in the Basque fishing industry. The importance of fishing in Basque culture is also discussed by William Douglass and Joseba Zulaika in Basque Culture: Anthropological Perspectives.