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Brazilian Fish Stew(Moqueca)

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Brazilian Fish Stew(Moqueca)

Moqueca is a seafood stew with a base of palm oil and coconut milk or olive oil, combined with fish or shrimps (or both). The dish is stewed in traditional clay pots along with vegetables and fresh herbs, and it is traditionally served over rice.

Brazilian Fish Stew(Moqueca)

It can be traced back to 300 years ago, when it was first invented due to the fact that the Portuguese brought coconuts to the country, and slaves from Africa introduced palm oil to Brazilian cuisine. 





1 – 1 1/2 pounds firm white fish- Halibut, Black Cod, Sea Bass ( thicker cuts are best)

1/2 teaspoon salt

one lime- zest and juice

Stew/ Sauce:

2–3 tablespoons coconut or olive oil (or use Dende – Brazillian Red Palm oil for the best flavor!)

1 onion- finely diced ( red, white or yellow)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup carrot, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

4 garlic cloves- rough chopped

1/2 jalapeno, finely diced

1 tablespoon tomato paste

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon ground cumin (or whole seed)

1 cup fish or chicken stock

1 1/2 cups tomatoes, diced ( preferably fresh)

1 14 ounce can coconut milk ( liquid and solids)

more salt to taste




Wash and cut into 2 inch peices. Transfer into a bowl. Add salt, zest from half the lime and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Cooat all pieces. Set aside.

Over medium heat, pour the olive oil in a saucepan. Add onion and salt, and cook for 2-3 minutes. 

Turn heat down to low, add carrot, bell pepper, garlic and jalapeno and cook 4-5 more minutes. Add tomato paste, spices and stock. Simmer and add tomatoes.

Cover and cook gently on medium low for 5 mintues or until carrots are tender. Add the coconut milk and taste and add more salt if necessary.

Place the fish in the stew and simmer gently until it’s cooked through, about 4-6 minutes. Spoon the flavorful coconut broth over the fish and cook until desired doneness or longer for thicker pieces. Taste and adjust salt and squeeze with lime.

Serve over rice







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