Fish and Shrimp Stew: Vatapa de Peixe e Camarao

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
30 min
15 min
40 min

6 servings

  • 1 cup dried shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup ground, toasted cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup ground, toasted blanched almonds
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced, seeded red chile peppers
  • 4 cups fish or shrimp stock
  • 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 pound sea bass fillets or other firm white fish fillets, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 6 lime wedges, for garnish
  • Steamed long grain white rice, accompaniment

Soak the dried shrimp in warm water to cover for 15 minutes. Drain, then puree in a blender or food processor. Set aside.

Heat a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Saute the onions, stirring often, until soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the pureed shrimp and cook for 2 minutes. Add the nuts, garlic, ginger and peppers and cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add the stock, coconut milk and lime juice and cook until reduced by 1/2, about 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the fish and simmer until the fish is almost cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the shrimp and simmer until cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir in 1/4 cup cilantro and remove from the heat.

Arrange a scoop of rice in the center of 6 large plates or soup bowls. Ladle the stew over the rice and garnish with the remaining 1/4 cup chopped cilantro. Place 1 lime wedge on each plate and serve immediately.

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