Brazilian fish stew with prawns

Moqueca de peixe com camarão
Nutrition Information
  • Serving size: 100g
  • Calories: 106 kcal
  • Fat: 7.8 grams
  • Saturated fat: 2.7 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 3.3 grams
  • Sugar: 3.2 grams
  • Sodium: 0.21 grams
  • Fiber: 0.6 grams
  • Protein: 6 grams
Recipe type: Seafood
Cuisine: Brazilian
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Brazilian comfort food of the highest order. Fish and prawns are simmered in coconut milk with tomatoes, garlic and chillies to provide a wonderfully satisfying meal. Great dish to serve at a dinner party for friends and family. Also fantastic for a home - cooked romantic wedding anniversary or Valentines day meal
  • Salmon – 300 grams (see note *)
  • Large prawns - 200 grams ( shelled and deveined)
  • Onions - 2 medium ( finely chopped)
  • Red Bell pepper - 1 medium (coarsely chopped)
  • Birds-eye Chillies - four to five finely chopped ( see note**)
  • Fresh lime juice - 2 tablespoons
  • Tomatoes – 3 medium finely chopped
  • Garlic - 3 cloves ( finely chopped)
  • Olive oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Coconut milk – one can (400ml)
  • 100 ml of double cream
  • Salt to taste
  • Aleppo Chilli flakes – 1 tablespoon ( see note***)
  • Green coriander – ½ handful (chopped)
  • Chives - handful (chopped)
  1. Chop fish into bite-size pieces
  2. Combine with prawns and lemon juice in a bowl. Allow to marinate in the fridge while preparing the other ingredients
  3. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a high walled frying pan
  4. Add onions and fry until they start to become translucent
  5. Add the Chillies garlic and ginger, stir for two minutes
  6. Add the Bell pepper. Stir fry until it begins to soften
  7. Add the tomatoes. Bring to a simmer (approximately 5 minutes)
  8. In a separate pot heat remaining olive oil. Add fish and prawns and fry until just about to change colour ( one to two minutes). Add stir-fried vegetables from other pan
  9. Add Aleppo chilli flakes and salt. Stir
  10. Add coconut milk, double cream and chives
  11. Simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing seafood to become hot and cooked through
  12. Add coriander. Stir in
  13. Serve
*In this recipe, I have used salmon, but any firm-fleshed fish (e.g. monkfish, cod or swordfish) will work

**Add chillies according to tolerance to heat. In Brazil Dedo de moça Chillies are used, but these can be difficult to get hold of outside South America. Suitable substitutes are Red Cayenne chillies, African Devils , Malaguetas or if you are feeling brave,Scotch Bonnets( use only one though)

***Aleppo Chilli flakes can be substituted by Paprika powder.

Keywords: Moqueca de peixe com camarão

Serves: 4 portions

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By Gilrovina - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,