It all comes together quickly. Just marinate fish in the lime juice while the stew cooks for 15 minutes, then add fish -- it's ready to serve in a few more minutes when fish becomes flaky.
I always find canned coconut milk (or cream) at my local 99c only Store. And small packages of fish are usually carried for one dollar per 4 oz. steak in the frozen deli case of my local chain grocery store. Canned tomatoes, onion and bell pepper economically fill in the other stew ingredients.
Try out the unusual melange of flavors that make up my Moqueca - Brazilian Fish Stew.
Ingredients (serves 2 - 3)
- 1 onion - chopped
- 2 bell peppers - red and/or green chopped.
- 2 -3 small packages of fish - about 8 to 12 ounces total, or any local fish on sale.
- 1 tablespoon of lime or lemon juice - fresh or bottled.
- 1 can (about 14 oz.) of coconut milk
- 1 can of tomatoes (about 14 oz.) - crushed, chopped or whole (breaking it apart as it cooks).
- 2 tablespoons of oil.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
In a bowl or plate drizzle fish with lime or lemon juice. Allow to marinate for about 15 minutes while sauteing veggies and cooking stew.
In a large pan or pot saute chopped bell peppers and onion over a medium heat for 5 - 10 minutes.
Pour in coconut milk and canned tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes. Finally, add fish and cook until fish is flaky and done, 10 - 15 minutes depending on thickness of fish filets.
Serve over rice or anything that soaks up the sweet coconut sauce.