Moqueca (Coconut Fish Stew)

Chef Diego de Jesus from Texas de Brazil makes Moqueca (Coconut Fish Stew)

Serves 6:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 6 white fish fillets
  • ½ lb unpeeled shrimp
  • ¼ C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 large yellow onion cut into ¼ inch thick strips
  • 3 bell peppers cut into ¼ in strips
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded & chopped
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped, divided
  • 1 (14oz) can unsweetened coconut milk
  • Salt and white pepper


Preheat oven to 425 degrees

In ovenproof skillet, heat the butter and half of the olive oil over medium heat. Season the fish and shrimp with salt and white pepper, then dredge both sides of the fish with flour. When the butter and oil mixture is hot, fry the fish fillets 2 or 3 at a time for about 3 minutes per side. Just enough to cook the exterior and give it some color. Transfer the fish to a plate.

In the same skillet, saute the garlic, shrimp and half of the onions for about 2 minutes. Add half of the peppers and saute for 1 minute. Add the chopped tomatoes and stir. Turn off the heat and return the cooked fish (along with its juices) to the skillet. Pour the lemon juice over the fish and shrimp, then sprinkle with half of the chopped cilantro. Stir the coconut milk with a fork and pour over the seafood. Place the remaining raw peppers and onions on top of the seafood, season with salt and white pepper and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Transfer the skillet to the hot oven and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the fish and vegetables are cooked through and the coconut mils starts to bubble. Before serving, sprinkle with the remaining cilantro.


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