Moqueca - A Traditional Brazilian Dish

Brazilian fish stew

As everything from bottled water to M&Ms join the Brazilian bandwagon, we thought we’d find out what the traditional tastes of the country are.

Where better than at Viva Brazil, a traditional “churrascaria” based in the north west of England? Viva Brazil was founded in Liverpool in 2010 by Andy Aldrich. It won the Best Restaurant Award twice in 2013 and 2014 in the Liverpool Lifestyle Awards. There’s more to Brazilian cuisine than grilled meats, as we found out, so here’s a recipe for a Brazilian fish stew, Moqueca.

Ingredients (Serves 6)

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 45 mins

1kg skinless firm white fish fillet (such as coley)

1/3 cup (80ml) lime juice

1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1 green pepper, thinly sliced

1 red pepper, thinly sliced

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 short red chillies, finely chopped

2 cups (500ml) fish stock

400g can chopped tomatoes

270ml can coconut milk

1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil

Coriander leaves and steamed rice, to serve




Place fish in a large ceramic dish and toss with 2 tablespoons lime juice and 1 teaspoon sea salt. Chill for 30 minutes to marinate. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion for 3 minutes or until softened. Add peppers, garlic and chilli, then cook, stirring occasionally, for a further 5 minutes or until peppers are softened. Stir in stock, tomatoes, coconut milk and coconut oil. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook for 20-25 minutes until slightly reduced. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice and season to taste. Serve with coriander and rice.

To drink

We recommend the Alisios Pinot Grigio Riesling from Viva Brazil’s wine list. The strong flavours and chilli in this dish need a zesty, flavoursome wine such as this one. The crisp acidity will match the citrus flavours of the dish and the fruitiness will work particularly well with the chilli.
27th May 2014

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