Caldero Cartagenero (Cartagena rice caldron)

Recipe for 4 persons

This rice dish is very typical of the Mar Menor region by Cartagena and is usually presented in its own cauldron, which is preferably cooked on an open wood fire to give it a greater aroma. The fish is usually served after the rice and it is customary to serve it with an alioli sauce.


  • 600 grams. of rice
  • 200 cl. of extra virgin olive oil
  • 400 grams. of ripe tomato
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 4 ñoras – small round peppers popular in Murcian cooking
  • 6 Small sprigs of parsley
  • Rock fish 2 kg (Morralla, Gallina, Mújol, Gallineta, or Dorada)
  • Salt


  1. Clean the fish, Cut off the heads and wash
  2. Cut and remove the seeds from the ñoras. Fry the in a large pot using the olive oil, until they release their aroma. Remove from the pot
  3. In the same oil fry the heads of the fish until cooked. Then remove and throw away
  4. Add the tomato, and the ñoras and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a mortar. Add the peeled garlic and the finely cut parsley to the ñoras mixture and grind to a paste.  Leave to cook on low heat for 30 minutes.
  6. Strain the broth from the mixture. Keep aside the mixture for later
  7. Add the clean fish to the broth and cook for 15 minutes until just starting to flake. Remove after cooking.
  8. Put the rice into the broth, adding sufficient water and boil until the rise is cooked. Ready to serve.
  9. We put the cooked fish on a serving dish together with the mixture and serve as a second course after the rice


Recipe Contributor: Yacht Port Cartagena

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