Summer Dish: Brazilian Moqueca

In the summertime, it is sometimes hard to come up with dishes that are not too heavy, but still tasty and fun to prepare. A couple of days ago, I found out about Moqueca –  a Brazilian fish stew with its origins in Portugal. The slowly cooked seafood and vegetables are a light dish with exotic breeze – perfect for an outside dinner on warm summer nights ! And who would know better than South Americans what to eat on hot days?! I hope you enjoy my version of the Brazilian national dish! P.S.: One of my favorite summer plates are from Villa D`Este. The bright colors & patterns give a dab of paint to every table! Shop via Westwing or amazon.

A Brazilian National Dish

for Sunny Days!


  • 500 g cod fillet
  • 300 g shrimps
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 can (400 g) of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 chopped chili
  • 500 ml vegetable broth
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red, 1 yellow bellpepper
  • 150 ml coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • Ground coriander
  • Ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. curcuma
  • Salt & pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Rice (as a side)

Toppings: Freshly chopped coriander, spring onions, red onions

Slowly cooked seafood & vegetables

with an exotic breeze

  1. Lightly fry the finely choppped garlic and onions in a pan with coconut oil.
  2. Season with ground coriander, cumin & curcuma.
  3. Add the canned tomatoes, chopped chili, vegetable broth & coconut milk – and let it cook for about 20 minutes.
  4. Mix in the chopped bell peppers and let it cook about 5 more minutes.
  5. Cut the fish into bite-sized pieces and add it to the soup together with the shrimps and let it steep for another 5 minutes.
  6. Finally, squeeze in fresh lime juice and season according to your taste with salt & pepper.
  7. Serve with fresh coriander, chopped spring onions and rice.


What are your favorite summer dishes? Let me know in the comments below!