Brazilian Fish Stew (Moqueca de Peixe)

Brazilian Fish StewLast night’s dinner was a Brazilian Fish Stew known as Moqueca de Peixe.  According to all I read, this is a traditional seafood dish from northern Brazil. This is a great fish stew, fragrant with garlic and peppers, featuring chunks of white fish and shrimp with hints of coconut milk.

I found lots of recipes for this, but opted to use the one I found from Cooking Light.  In the end I’m sure many of these would have been good, but liked the inclusion of shrimp that this particular recipe called for.

A few notes:

  • The recipe called for sea bass or halibut fillets.  Sorry, but at $30 a pound I wasn’t going there.  I bought haddock and it was plenty firm for this dish.
  • The fish is marinated with a lime and garlic mixture before adding to the stew, but I didn’t pick up a hint of the lime even after marinating a few hours.  If I make this again might start marinating earlier in the day (and maybe add the juice from a 2nd lime).
  • Likewise the coconut flavor didn’t come through as strongly as I hoped.  Maybe adding a can of coconut milk when the broth and clam juice are added (along with the one added later) would pump that flavor up a bit.

Despite these minor issues this is a nice fish stew to try some day when you have a bit of time.

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