Tuna pot

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Tuna pot
Alternative namesMarmitako, marmita, marmite and sorropotún
Main ingredientsPotatoes, tuna, onions, peppers, and tomatoes

Tuna pot, marmitako in Basque Country and marmita, marmite or sorropotún in Cantabria is a fish stew that was eaten on tuna fishing boats in the Cantabrian Sea.[1] Today it is a simple dish with tuna, potatoes, onions, peppers, and tomatoes.

The original French word marmite is a metal pot with lid. This French word marmite or the Spanish equivalent marmita gives name to the dish in the East and Central Coast of Cantabria while the Cantabrian word sorropotún is used in the West Coast. Marmitako in Basque language means 'from the pot'.[citation needed]


Tuna pot was eaten by Basque fishermen during fishing season. As they stayed a long time at sea, the food used to go bad, so they ate the tuna they fished with cooked potatoes and choricero peppers that kept well.

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  1. ^ Barrenechea, T.; Koehler, J.; Hirsheimer, C. (2009). The Cuisines of Spain: Exploring Regional Home Cooking. Ten Speed Press. p. pt188. ISBN 978-1-58008-835-0. Retrieved August 23, 2019.