Brazilian fish stew

    45 min

    This Brazilian fish stew is warming, delicious and easy to make. It is a simplified version of a common Brazilian dish, and easy enough for weeknights. You can use salmon in place of tilapia for a heartier fish flavour. Serve with hot rice.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 3 tablespoons lime juice
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 675g tilapia fillets, cut into chunks
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 onions, chopped
    • 4 large peppers, sliced
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes, drained
    • 1 (400g) tin coconut milk
    • 1 bunch fresh coriander , chopped

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Stir together the lime juice, cumin, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add the tilapia and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 20 minutes, up to 24 hours.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Quickly fry the onions in the oil 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add the peppers, tilapia and chopped tomatoes to the pot in succeeding layers. Pour the coconut milk over the mixture. Cover the pot and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the coriander and continue cooking until the tilapia is completely cooked through, another 5 to 10 minutes.

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    Fabulous stew. I would recommend a few tweaks: The listed amount of bell peppers is a bit much. Half the amount of bell peppers is more than enough. I'd also do half red, half yellow bell peppers for added color. As well, I'd recommend a fish that is more firm/less flaky than tilapia. I used cod and it turned out great. Finally, a pinch of chili flakes for an extra bit of zing.  -  16 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe was excellent. It was relatively easy to make and didn't take much time. I used more than the recommended lime which I would suggest. This fish stew could have as easily passed as a Thai recipe. If you like Thai food try this dish. I am also going to make this again substituting the fish with shrimp or chicken.  -  02 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I'm from Brazil, and this is one of my fave dishes. I personally don't use garlic on fishes... It kind of is a bit "too much". Also, that amount of pepper is used by Northern people more than at other parts of the country., but if you like it...  -  16 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)