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Moqueca Recipe - Brazilian Fish Stew

Moqueca Recipe - Brazilian Fish Stew

Brazilian fish stew

Moqueca is a Brazilian stew preparation of salt water fish such as Cod, Swordfish or small sharks.

Traditionally the preparation is slow cooked in clay pots, where the gravy is prepared from onions, bell peppers and tomatoes which are sauteed and cooked along with the marinated fish fillets in coconut milk.

The preparation has had a prominent presence in Brazilian cuisine for centuries. In the modern day, the recipe is served in 2 variants, depending on the province of its origin. Without going too much into technicalities and trivia, we present to you an elaborate description of a basic Moqueca recipe. Read on ahead and discover for yourself this delightful South American preparation.       

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Moqueca - Brazilian Fish Stew Recipe

Ingredients Required

  • 1 kilogram firm white fish cut into large fillet portion.
  • 3 large cloves of garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium sized onion fine chopped
  • 1/2 cup fine chopped spring onions
  • 1/2 fine chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 fine chopped red bell pepper
  • 250 grams thin sliced plum tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • Large bunch of cilantro greens coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk

Procedure of Preparation

  • Rub on the surface of the fish minced garlic and lime juice. Generously add salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Keep aside in refrigerator.
  • In a deep frying pan, over a high flame add 2 table spoon olive oil. Add the chopped onions and peppers. Saute over a medium flame for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and chopped spring onions. Cook until the tomatoes soften. Add the cilantro greens and mix.
  • Add the fish and gently mix, taking extreme care to not damage the delicate surface of the fish.
  • Add coconut milk and cover the container. Cook over a medium flame for the next 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot with an accompaniment of choice.

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