Brazilian Salmon Stew (Moqueca) Recipe

Brazilian Salmon Stew (Moqueca) Recipe

How To Make Brazilian Salmon Stew (Moqueca)

Taking inspiration from the Brazilian fish stew, this salmon stew first marinates in garlic, lime, & cumin before cooking in coconut milk & bell peppers.

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 45 minutes
Marinate Time: 2 hours
Total: 3 hours 10 minutes



For Marinade:

  • ½cloveshead of garlic,peeled, crushed, minced
  • 2tbspfresh lime juice
  • 3/4tspcoarse salt
  • 1tbspsweet paprika
  • tspground cumin
  • tspfreshly ground black pepper

For Stew:

  • 2lbssalmon,cut into 2 inch pieces, largish-bite sized pieces
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2mediumonions,sliced
  • 1largegreen bell pepper,seeded, de-stemmed, and sliced
  • 2mediumtomatoes,sliced
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 14ozcoconut milk,(not light)
  • 1cupfresh cilantro,chopped


  1. Mix together the marinade ingredients. Let the salmon marinate in this paste for at least 2 hours. The longer, the better.

  2. In a large pan (large covered skillet or Dutch oven), coat the bottom of the pan with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Add a layer of sliced onions, and then a layer of sliced bell peppers, and a layer of sliced tomatoes. Place the fish pieces, with the marinade, on top of everything, and start layering again—onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes.

  3. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Add about half of the fresh cilantro to the top. Pour coconut milk over the top. Drizzle generously with olive oil over the top (several tablespoons).

  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until the vegetables are cooked through. Garnish with remaining cilantro.


  • Calories: 474.43kcal
  • Fat: 30.57g
  • Saturated Fat: 13.53g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.84g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.22g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.64g
  • Fiber: 3.01g
  • Sugar: 3.16g
  • Protein: 28.52g
  • Cholesterol: 62.37mg
  • Sodium: 708.17mg
  • Calcium: 137.34mg
  • Potassium: 934.08mg
  • Iron: 3.89mg
  • Vitamin A: 45.14µg
  • Vitamin C: 45.00mg
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