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!
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.
Please check out these other yummy comfort food stews and soups from my Sunday Supper friends.
Sunday Supper Comfort Food Soup and Stew Recipes
- “Make it Your Own” Soup Bar by The Freshman Cook
- Baked Potato Soup by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cabbage and Kielbasa Soup by Our Good Life
- Chicken and Dumplings by Palatable Pastime
- Easy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup by Pies and Plots
- Gnocchi, Sausage & Spinach Soup by Bottom Left of the Mitten
- Habitant Pea Soup by What Smells So Good?
- Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup by Sunday Supper Movement
- Meatball and Orzo Soup by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Milchnudeln (German Milk Noodles) by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Mushroom Fennel Soup by Caroline’s Cooking
- Pasta Fagioli Soup by Soulfully Made
- Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili by Cricket’s Confections
- Slow Cooker Chicken Posole by My Imperfect Kitchen
- Slow Cooker Smoky Chicken-Potato Soup by The Weekend Gourmet
- Spicy Brazilian Seafood Stew with Coconut Milk by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Spicy Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard by Cooking Chat
- Stylish and Simple Vegetable Soup with Poached Egg and Herbs by Sprinkles and Sprouts
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