Moqueca - Brazilian Fish Stew

Moqueca – Brazilian Fish Stew

by Katie

Savory, yet bursting with bright notes of citrus. This Brazilian stew is the perfect pick-me-up in the winter or a beautiful simple soup for when you want something simple and delicious.

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Moqueca – Brazilian Fish Stew

This stew will gently awaken your taste buds, first with the bright notes of citrus, followed by the savory tilapia, and trailed by the sweet coconut. Eating this heavenly soup is an experience, and a great way to fuel your new dancing habit.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Brazilian
Keyword Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Healthy, Paleo
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 400 kcal
Author Katie



  • 1 pound tilapia steak or your favorite white fish
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 onion finely minced or grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely minced or grated
  • Salt


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 2 bell peppers sliced
  • 2 pealed tomatoes cubed*
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 can coconut milk full fat
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a bowl combine all the ingredients for the marinade (tilapia, paprika, lime juice, onion, salt, and garlic). Toss the fish so that it is evenly coated in paprika. Let the fish marinade for at least 1 hour.
  2. After the fish has had time to marinade, prepare the onion, garlic, bell peppers, and tomatoes for the soup.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat, make sure the pan has a lid. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, and cook until it has taken on just a bit of color. Add the garlic. Wait 30 seconds, then add the bay leaves, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Cook for 30 seconds, then move all the vegetables to the outer perimeter of the pan. Add the tilapia, and all of the marinade to the pan. Make sure that the tilapia is in full contact with the bottom of the pan. Pour the chicken broth and coconut milk over the fish, then put a lid over stew. Let simmer for 5 minutes, then serve.
  4. *If you are avoiding nightshades as part of your paleo diet, please do not add tomatoes
Nutrition Facts
Moqueca – Brazilian Fish Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400 Calories from Fat 217
% Daily Value*
Fat 24.13g37%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Protein 33g66%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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