Spicy Brazilian Seafood Stew with Coconut Milk #SundaySupper

Spicy Brazilian Seafood Stew with Coconut Milk #SundaySupper

Spicy fish stew flavored with onion, peppers, garlic, cilantro and tomatoes with just a dash of coconut milk! This is a Brazilian stew also known as moqueca which I first had a Brazilian restaurant at Adams Morgan in the heart of DC.  This stew is serious comfort food so when my Sunday Supper Team decided to do a ‘Comfort food Soup and Stew theme’ I thought I would make my version of this savory spicy Brazilian stew. This is my first time making it and I am pretty sure it won’t be the last. I am quite good at tasting a dish and figuring what is in the dish so after one bowlful of the stew I had a pretty good idea what was in it. I used salmon steaks for this recipe. I gently seared the salmon with salt and herbs before popping it into the tangy spicy sauce.

Fish has always been comfort food to me because it conjures up memories of my childhood when the fish man would bring his cooler of fresh fish on his bicycle right to our door. I also remember going with my dad to the fish market while we bought fish that were still jumping inside wicker baskets which were sitting on ice. My dad taught me how to choose fresh fish by looking at the eyes, gills and smell.  Traits that I still look for when I buy fish. Call me choosy but till today I rarely buy frozen fish. I go the wharf when I can or to the Asian market where I can buy ‘as close to fresh’ fish as possible.  I make fish biryani, fish cutlets, fish curry, fried fish and now fish stew.

You can add shrimp and other seafood to this stew and that’s how I ate it at the restaurant but I only had fish when I made this stew so I just made a fish stew. This stew can be eaten alone or spooned over some rice like a curry and it’s totally yummy and feels so good to just eat it on cold weather day. The spice hits your palette like a sharp bite  and the fresh herbs added at the end make it altogether too good to stop at one bowl full.  I am so pleased to share one of my favorite comfort foods!

Nutrition Wise

Fish is a good source of heart healthy omega 3 and lean protein. Add some olive oil and fresh dill and you have a hearty dose of antioxidants! Salmon is a great source of omega 3 and DHA which are the brain building foods.  It also has a good amount of Vitamin D and B12.  Healthy fats combined with strong anti-inflammatory properties make it a super food.

Brazilian Seafood Stew


  • 2 Lbs salmon steaks (washed)
  • 2 Cups chicken stalk (I used bone broth)
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 2 ripe tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 Tsp garlic paste or grated garlic
  • 1 Tsp chili flakes
  • 2 Tsps lemon juice
  • 4 Tsp Olive oil
  • 1 cup cilantro (divided)
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1 Tsp pepper
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk


Heat 3 tsp oil, saute onion for 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and saute another 3 minutes. Add chili flakes, paprika, garlic and saute 2 minutes
Heat 1 tsp oil. Add salmon, pepper and parsley and gently sear on each side for 2 minutes each till salmon is browned
Add seared salmon to the sauce. Add stalk, salt and simmer about 10 minutes till salmon is cooked
Add cilantro and coconut milk. Cook two minutes. Break up salmon if you wish and serve hot

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