MOQUECA (BRAZILIAN FISH STEW)
This Brazilian dish may contain a few unexpected or even unfamiliar ingredients, but they are easy to find online and worth the search. The result is a tropical fish stew mellowed by slices of plantain and coconut milk and accompanied by the traditional hot sauce called piri-piri and farofa, the toasted cassava-meal accompaniment. Farofa is served all over South America with all kinds of dishes; this version, with caramelized onions adapted from Felipe Amaral in Rio de Janeiro, was my favorite. You can serve the moqueca without the farofa, if you prefer, but it helps to sop up the soupy liquid from the stew.
Provided by Florence Fabricant
Categories soups and stews, main course
Yield 4 to 6 servings
Number Of Ingredients 23
- Make the farofa if desired: Melt butter in a skillet or shallow saucepan on medium heat. Add sliced onion, and cook, stirring, until it turns light brown. Stir in manioc and cook, stirring, 5 to 8 minutes, until it starts to toast. Cover and keep warm.
- Make the fish broth: Cut each bass fillet in 4 or 5 pieces, cover and refrigerate. Place trimmings in a 3-quart stovetop casserole, preferably an earthenware pot. Lightly salt shrimp, cover and refrigerate. Place shells in the pot. Add 5 cups water; the bay leaves; the turnip; 2 onions, chopped; 2 tomatoes, chopped; half the shishito peppers; the garlic; and half the cilantro and chives. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 45 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
- Heat oven to 450 degrees. Cut a slit in the skin of the plantain, wrap in foil and bake 20 minutes, until flesh is tender. Cool.
- Strain broth into a bowl, pressing on the solids. Discard solids and return broth to pot. Cook over medium heat until reduced to 1 1/2 cups.
- Slice remaining tomatoes and remaining onion 1/4 inch thick and add to pot. Add bell peppers, Cubanelle peppers, remaining shishito peppers, remaining chives and all but 1 tablespoon remaining cilantro. Bring to a simmer and cook about 20 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
- Peel plantain and slice it 1/2 inch thick. Add to pot. Add coconut milk and dende oil. Add fish and octopus, if using, and simmer 5 minutes. Rinse and dry shrimp and squid, if using, and add to pot. Simmer 3 minutes. Check seasonings. Strew remaining cilantro on top, garnish with a red chile and serve over rice directly from the pot, with farofa and piri-piri on the side.
Nutrition Facts : @context http, Calories 696, UnsaturatedFat 10 grams, Carbohydrate 62 grams, Fat 33 grams, Fiber 4 grams, Protein 41 grams, SaturatedFat 21 grams, Sodium 1288 milligrams, Sugar 11 grams, TransFat 0 grams
BRAZILIAN FISH STEW (MOQUECA CAPIXABA)
We usually encounter only one version of Brazil's signature dish in this country - the one from Bahia, rich and almost currylike with coconut milk and dendê oil. This lighter one, from Espírito Santo, reflects that state's long coastline: Its bright broth results from the fish, tomatoes, lime juice, and vegetables, which meld beautifully. And it couldn't be easier. You simply layer the marinated seafood with the other ingredients in a cold pan and turn up the heat, simmering for just 20 minutes.
Yield Makes 8 servings
Number Of Ingredients 15
- Pat fish fillets dry and put in a bowl. Stir together lime juice, malagueta peppers, 1 tablespoon garlic, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, then pour over fish and toss to combine. Marinate, covered and chilled, 30 minutes. Add shrimp and chill at least 30 minutes but no longer than 1 1/2 hours more.
- Put tomatoes in bottom of a wide 5- to 6-quart heavy pot. Top with onion and remaining tablespoon garlic, then sprinkle with bell peppers. Place plantains on top of vegetables. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Arrange fish in 1 layer on top of plantain. Sprinkle cilantro and parsley over fish, then arrange shrimp in 1 layer over herbs, reserving marinade. Pour oil and marinade evenly over mixture in pot.
- Bring to a simmer, then cover pot. Adjust heat to gently simmer until vegetables are softened and have released liquid and fish is just cooked through, about 20 minutes.
- Serve stew over soft manioc polenta .
MOQUECA (BRAZILIAN FISH STEW)
- Combine sea bass fillets, lime juice, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Heat palm oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tomatoes, onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, cilantro, green onions, parsley, and garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add marinated sea bass and coconut milk. Reduce heat to low; cook for 12 minutes. Add shrimp. Continue cooking until sea bass flakes easily with a fork and shrimp is opaque, about 3 minutes more.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 382.7 calories, Carbohydrate 9.4 g, Cholesterol 133.3 mg, Fat 24.5 g, Fiber 2.9 g, Protein 33.3 g, SaturatedFat 18.5 g, Sodium 216 mg, Sugar 3.7 g
MOQUECA DE PALMITO (VEGAN BRAZILIAN STEW WITH HEARTS OF PALM)
- Heat 1 teaspoon palm oil and olive oil in a pot over medium heat and cook onion until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add red and green bell peppers and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in hearts of palm and tomato and drizzle with remaining palm oil.
- Pour coconut milk into the pot and season stew with salt. Mix gently, stir in parsley, and simmer until all the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 291.8 calories, Carbohydrate 12.9 g, Fat 26.8 g, Fiber 5.1 g, Protein 5.6 g, SaturatedFat 20.6 g, Sodium 510.3 mg, Sugar 3 g
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