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A casserole pot filled with Brazilian moqueca containing large prawns next to a plate filled with a portion

Brazilian moqueca

Published: May 17, 2022 at 5:26 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

This seafood stew, packed with king prawns and meaty white fish, is flavoured with chilli, ginger and black pepper for a deliciously aromatic and gently fiery dish

Nutrition: Per serving

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  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 250g onions (about 2), sliced
  • 250g red peppers (about 2), thickly sliced
  • 1 green pepper, thickly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 400ml fish stock
  • 400g tin coconut milk
  • 500g white fish (such as cod, haddock or coley)
  • 250g king prawns
  • a small bunch coriander, torn
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • cooked rice, to serve
  • 8tbsp cassava flour, toasted in a dry pan (optional)


  • 250g tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 80g ginger, chopped
  • 4 Malagueta or bird’s-eye chillies
  • 80ml dende oil


  • STEP 1

    Melt the butter in a pan over a high heat and cook the onions and peppers for 5 minutes until softening and slightly caramelised. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.

  • STEP 2

    Make the paste by whizzing all the ingredients in a food processor or high-powered blender to a smooth paste.

  • STEP 3

    Turn down the heat to low, tip in the paste and cook for 10 minutes until thickened and slightly darkened, then pour in the stock and coconut milk.

  • STEP 4

    Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 15 minutes. Add the fish and prawns, and continue gently simmering for 6-7 minutes or until cooked through.

  • STEP 5

    Stir in the coriander and lime juice, and season. Serve with rice and the toasted cassava flour on top for texture (known as farofa in Brazil).

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