What better way to celebrate a night of friendship, food, and wine than to make a pan of Moqueca, a Brazilian fish stew of coconut peppery goodness! This dish hails from the Bahia region of Brazil and is guaranteed to make your guests happy.It is all about finding the freshest of seafood and seasoning your sauce with flavor and love!
2 pounds of Cod fish
1 pound of shrimp
2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
4 minced garlic cloves
salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 red pepper cut into large strips
1 yellow pepper cut into large strips
1 orange pepper cut into large strips
2-3 jalapeno, seeded and stemmed, cut into large strips
2 medium onions, cut into wedges
1 bunch of scallions, thinly sliced
3 diced tomatoes
3 cups of seafood stock
2 cans of coconut milk
1 cup cilantro chopped
Season seafood in a glass baking dish with garlic and lime juice, marinate for 30-60 mins.
Heat olive oil (2 tablespoons) in a large pan.
Add peppers and onion saute for 6-8 minutes, do not brown.
Add diced tomatoes and simmer for 2 mins. Stir in the seafood stock and coconut milk. Let mixture simmer for 20 minutes so that flavors can blend.
Add more lime juice and chopped cilantro.
Gently add the fish and shrimp on the diced vegetables and spoon the broth around it so that seafood is cooked,3-5 minutes.
Serve over a bed of white rice. Tostones and garlic mojo make for a nice accompaniment finished with a salad of palmitos and avocados! Viva Brazil!