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Moqueca – A Brazilian Fish Stew
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Moqueca – A Brazilian Fish Stew


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Today I bring to you this recipe that reminds me of special occasions at my mother’s house. One delicious big pot of fish, packed with flavour and a divine aroma. This is my twist, and thanks to my sister Thais, it became simple and easy for you! 

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  •  1 kg of halibut (or sword or cod)
  •  1 medium jar of Mexican salsa (or 2 sweet peppers and 1 large tomato)
  •  1 sliced onion
  •  Drizzle of Palm Oil (or substitute for Olive Oil)
  •  Salt and pepper
  •  150 g creamed coconut (bar) or 200 ml coconut milk
  •  2 ripe bananas
  •  fresh chopped cilantro, parsley, green onion to sprinkle before serving

Before you start the fish, make sure to start your white rice, because that’s the perfect side for it.


First I like to wash the fish well and soak in some lemon juice or vinegar. Layer the onion on the bottom of a large pot, drizzle the oil, add the salsa or peppers with tomatoes, then the fish, salt and pepper to taste, the creamed coconut and the 2 peeled bananas on the sides. Cover and let it cook for about 15-20 min. It’s important not to stir.

Taste and adjust salt. Sprinkle fresh herbs and serve. If you’d like you can add some shrimp (about 400 g cleaned shrimp) just add on top of the fish after 10 min. you started the cooking. Enjoy! I prepared this dish for my family on Easter, with white rice and some toasted cassava flour!

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