How to Make Brazilian Fish Stew at Home

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Julbi Pandoh
Julbi is a Punjab native who enjoys nothing better than making something special from a bunch of ingredients for her husband and daughter. This is what she loves to do and no one can deny the fact how much a Punjabi loves food. And we can see that in Julbi’s enthusiasm for food.

People have different tastes and preferences for food. This is why there are an infinite number of cuisines and delicacies worldwide, all are made accordingly to satisfy the taste buds of people. Some like to have spicy and others like neutral, some like steamed and others like fried, some like gravy and others like dry, some like sweet and others like sour, this list is never ending. How do you like it? Well, let me tell you my preference and I want my food to be spicy.

Talking about gravy, the recipe that comes up in my mind is stew. Stew is a combination of solid and liquid. It consists of solid vegetables or meat cooked in liquid to serve it in the form of gravy. If using meat, it has to be cooked slowly, so that the meat is cooked properly and for meat, you can use chicken, beef, sausage, eggs, and seafood. You must be wondering if stew is a soup. The answer is no. It may seem like it is a soup but stew is thicker than soup and the gravy in the stew is just enough to submerge the solids but in soup, there is more liquid.

As stew is healthy comfort food served in a bowl to keep you warm in winters. I am going to share a recipe for Brazilian Fish stew today. It will be loved by your kids too. A fish stew can be served with rice or tortillas. A Brazilian stew is also called Moqueca; it can be made with the fish you prefer in coconut milk and chili, tomatoes, lemon and onions. It originated from Salvador, a city on the coast of Brazil, which offers good seafood. So making use of it and with the use of African techniques, they made this delicacy.

This dish is full of flavors. It is an easy recipe so that you can make it even on a busy day. The fish I will use in this recipe is tilapia, but you can also use salmon, shrimp, scallops, halibut or black cod in place of tilapia. Just use some white fish which is firm so that it does not get dissolved while cooking. Can’t wait for more for the recipe, right. So here is the Brazilian Fish Stew recipe.

Ingredients for Brazilian Fish Stew

Lime Juice3 tablespoons
Cumin1 tablespoons
Paprika1 tablespoons
Garlic (minced)2 teaspoon
Salt1 teaspoon
Black Pepper1 teaspoon
Tilapia Fillet1 ½ pounds
Olive Oil2 tablespoons
Onions2 chopped
Bell Peppers4 large sliced
Tomatoes16 ounce or 1 can 
Coconut milk16 ounce or 1 can
Cilantro1 bunch chopped (optional)

The ingredients needed for this dish are readily available in any supermarket. Some of them you can get it from your pantry itself. Don’t worry about that; they are easy to locate everywhere. Let’s check out the time taken to cook this fish meal.

How Much Time Will It Take?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeAdditional TimeTotal Time
20 minutes25 minutes20 minutes1 hour 5 minutes

A less time consuming dish. You must be wondering, 1 hour is not that less even. To clear your doubt, this 1 hour includes 20 minutes of the time to marinate the fish. You can keep the fish marinated overnight to save your time. The actual time without the marination time will be 45 minutes, which is not much for sure. So hurry up and follow the steps to indulge in this cuisine.

Brazilian Fish Stew Recipe

Brazilian Fish Stew Recipe
  1. Take a bowl and mix spices to coat on fish with cumin, paprika, garlic, salt, lime juice, and pepper. 
  2. Add tilapia to this bowl and toss so that the spices get coated on the fish properly. Refrigerate this for marination for a minimum of 20 minutes to a maximum of 24 hours; that is up to you.
  3. In a pan, heat olive oil over a medium-high flame and fry onions in it for a minute or two. Now reduce the flame to medium and add the marinated tilapia, bell peppers and tomatoes. Over this, pour coconut milk and cover to cook for 15 minutes with occasional stirring. Lastly, add some cilantro to this and cook for another 5 – 10 minutes.
  4. Serve hot.

Your healthy and tasty stew is ready. Make it at home, serve it to your family and everyone will love it.

Nutritional Breakdown of Brazilian Fish Stew

I’ve told you above that this Brazilian Fish Stew is really healthy for us. To back this statement, I’ve mentioned the nutritional breakdown of this recipe below.


How to Make Brazilian Fish Stew at Home | Video

Easy recipe with easy to find ingredients, What else we can ask for. Do try this recipe in your kitchen. You will love it. I have uploaded the video to help you out. Do refer to the video for assistance.

Video by Food Wishes

I hope you loved the Brazilian Fish Stew recipe. Do remember to share your reviews in the comment section and in case you have any queries, you can also ask your questions below in the comment section. Have a hearty meal!

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