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Brazilian Fish Stew:
Moqueca de Peixe

What's the big idea?

Around Brazil's extensive coastline, and in the north around the Amazon river, fish is a popular and readily available source of protein.
This simple stew is easy to prepare, and should be served with plain boiled rice. Remember to allow time for marination.

Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 fl oz olive oil
  • 2 red chillies, de-seeded and chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2lbs fish fillets - sole, flounder or plaice are good for this recipe
  • Salt to taste

What To Do

  • Cut the fish into 2 inch cubes
  • Place the onion, chillies, garlic, coriander, tomatoes and lime juice in a blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • Place the fish in a shallow dish. Mix in the marinade, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour
  • Transfer the fish and its marinade to a large saucepan. Add 3 fl oz water and half the oil
  • Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, until the fish is cooked
  • It is traditional to then add the remaining oil, and continue cooking for a further minute, stirring gently

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