Moqueca de peixe baiana (Brazilian fish stew)

Moqueca de peixe baiana (Brazilian fish stew)


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About this recipe: This fish stew, called moqueca, is a very typical Brazilian dish that originated in the Northeast. The palm oil gives it its distinctive flavour.


Serves: 4 

  • 4 fillets of sea bass or grouper
  • salt to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated onion
  • 3 tablespoons palm oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into rings
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 360ml water
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 bunch spring onions, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:30min marinating  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

  1. Wash fish under running water and pat dry. Season with salt, garlic and lime juice, and marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the olive oil to a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the grated onion and cook for a few seconds.
  3. Add the fish along with the marinade to the pan and cook for a few minutes.
  4. Add the palm oil, onion slices, coconut milk and water; simmer for about 15 minutes.
  5. Add the peppers, tomatoes, coriander and spring onion; cover and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve hot with white rice or coconut rice.


Brazilian fish stew
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