Brazilian Fish Stew – Flavorful stew with marinated tilapia, bell peppers, tomatoes, and onions in a coconut milk broth. This quick and easy fish stew is simmered to perfection in 30 min with very little effort.
For many people, stews are a staple of the cooler season and considered a comfort food perfect for a chilly afternoon.
I must confess that I am not one of those people.
I must be crazy, right?? I don’t know why, but I am just not usually tantalized by stews. They don’t really appeal to me most of the time. It has to be a pretty amazing stew recipe to get my attention.
This stew, however, has my total attention!
There are so many appetizing flavors layered in this dish, from the tangy lime to the creamy coconut milk. Bell peppers, onion, and tomatoes contribute additional splashes of flavor and color and texture. And the cilantro adds that extra bit of yum.
If you usually like fish stews or stews in general, you must try this, you will love it! And if you don’t usually like stews, you should also try this, because you will love it, too!
Speaking of stews and soups, I just made my silky smooth healthy butternut squash soup! Have you had a chance to make it? Tell me what you think.
Tilapia gets a bad rep, but, I think that its perfect for fish soup and fish stew recipes. Its mildly flavored and cooks easily. In soups and stews, I find that tilapia adds texture and makes it hearty.
Using tilapia for this fish stew recipe was perfect because its mildly-flavored, but, dense in texture. If you can’t easily find tilapia, the best fish to use in this recipe is any white fish.
Fish Stew is even better the next day! So, if you have leftovers of this Brazilian fish stew, heat it up the next day. My favorite thing to do is to eat it with my favorite sausage mozzarella sandwich.
You know that I am all about quick and easy family dinner recipes. I love this fish stew recipe, not just for its taste, but, also because its so easy to make. There is very little clean up involved and its basically a one-pot meal.
…(that includes Thing 2!)
Honestly, under normal circumstances, I would not have even given this recipe a shot, but a friend of mine had tried it with her family and spoke so highly of it, I was intrigued! Plus, she said that even her picky eater had given this dish his seal of approval.
That made me wonder if I could get the seal of approval on this from Thing 2! That would be quite an accomplishment!
I have served this a few times now, and overall it has been a big hit in my house.
If you are a frequent reader, you may be wondering if Thing 2 actually ate the tomatoes. And you will likely not be surprised that he did not eat them. He carefully examined every bite and removed even the smallest trace of tomato. *shaking my head* Oh, Thing 2, you are so silly!
But I love you anyway!
Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com.
What’s your favorite fish stew or soup recipe?
Brazilian Fish Stew
Brazilian Fish Stew
- 4 tablespoons lime juice
- 1.5 tablespoons cumin
- 1.5 tablespoons paprika
- 2.5 teaspoons garlic (minced)
- 1.5 teaspoons salt
- 1.5 teaspoons pepper
- 2 pounds tilapia fillets (cut into bite-sized pieces; they can be frozen, just thaw slightly to cut)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion (chopped)
- 3 large bell peppers (sliced into 2-inch strips)
- 14 ounces diced tomatoes, drained (1 can)
- 14 ounces light coconut milk (1 can)
- 1 handful fresh cilantro (chopped)
- Combine the lime juice, cumin, paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
Add in the tilapia and mix until coated.
Cover and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 20 minutes or longer. (You can do this step the night before to save time the next day!)
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or casserole over medium-high heat.
Add the onions and cook until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
- Add the pepper strips, tomatoes, and marinated tilapia.
- Pour the coconut milk over everything, cover, and simmer about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In the last few minutes, stir in the cilantro.
- When the tilapia is cooked through, garnish with additional cilantro (if desired) and serve.
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