Moqueca De Peixe Fish Stew Recipe

A spicy Brazilian seafood dish.


2 lb. sea bass or halibut, skin and bones removed
1 tsp sea salt
2 garlic cloves
1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup dende oil (a deep orange palm-based cooking oil that’s key to many Brazilian dishes)
1 cooking onion, julienned
1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
2 tomatoes, sliced
3 cilantro sprigs
1-1/2 cups fresh coconut milk
Sea salt to taste
1 lime, juiced


Step 1: Mash garlic cloves and make a paste by mashing the sea salt and garlic together. Rub the cleaned fish with the garlic and salt mixture. Set aside.

Step 2: In a Dutch oven or clay pot, sauté the onions and bell peppers in 1/3cup dende oil over medium heat until translucent.

Step 3: Add the fish, tomatoes, coconut milk, and 1/2 cup dende oil. Bring the mixture to a boil, add the cilantro and cook for 5 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. Drizzle remaining dende oil over dish.

Step 4: Season to taste with salt and lime juice.

Step 5: Serve hot with cooked white rice and farofa de dende*.

* Farofa de dende is used as a condiment for many Brazilian dishes, it’s a lot like couscous flavoured with oil. Delicious stuff.