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We doubled the coconut milk. We’ll have to double the recipe next time because the boys couldn’t stop eating it and we had none left for tomorrow night! Probably one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten.
I’m so glad you liked it Danielle! It is surprisingly good, isn’t it?
Made this tonight with fresh halibut while on vacation in Maine! Awesome! We did use only half of the bunch of cilantro- it seemed like a generously sized bunch!
The timing was off for me; I forgot to cook rice- so we opted for garlic bread.
It was an excellent recipe- with 1 1/2 # of halibut it was perfect for four adults.
Thank you- will definitely make this again!
The one concern with the recipe is that it could be more clear not to include the lime juice marinade in the stew. I used a little, but not all.
Can you use any other milk besides coconut milk?
Coconut milk is really central to this dish; it makes the stew incredibly creamy. That being said, Carnicia, if there’s an allergy to be concerned with, you could try other nut milks, soy milk, or whole milk as some other folks in the commenting thread have suggested. Hope this helps!
This was super good! I enjoyed it much more than expected! I added fresh thai basil at the end- a great decision!
I have made this a dozen times and just LOVE it! Very simple and great instructions—love the placement for cooking—keeps the fish all “together” for serving. I add whatever is in the fridge to get used up—mushrooms, kale., asparagus. Always surprisingly easy and tasty
Better than the first two I tried, but maybe quadruple seasonings. This is not a dish for delicate palettes.
OMG! Made this last evening with cod fish and shrimp and used the two whole peppers and a bit more coconut milk and it was DELICIOUS!! You can really tailor it to your own — more spicy, less spicy, add other fish or seafood. Definitely will be a regular for me.
Could you use catfish in this recipe?
Hi Flora! Give it a shot–sure! Let us know if you do!
I am making this Moqueca very soon but have a duhhh question first: how is rice served with it? On the side? Under the moqueca? ( that is so fun to say, moqueca!)
I haven’t seen this Q asked by anyone else so the answer must be obvious to most all. Thank you for holding my hand through this preparation.
Hi MKJ, I would just serve some rice on the side. I tend to like rice over bread in general, which is why I mention it, but moqueca is a soup, so you can serve it with whatever starch you like on the side.
This is like the first recipe where the results are good without having to modify it or add outside ingredients. I’m in love. We had this at a Brazilian restaurant last weekend, and we talked about it all the following Week. So when I found it my husband was on it to the store. Luckily we had everything in the house but tomatoes. So definitely keeping this as a go to recipe for a quick dinner. It was so filling with the rice too.
I have a question:
How would I convert this to feed 60people?
I only ask because I don’t have experience in converting some for so few into something for so many.
Eby, wow, that sounds like a delicious undertaking! By my math, you’d have to multiple the recipe ingredients by 15. Best of luck to you!
It was great thank you so much!Did a test batch and even my toughest family liked it.
This is excellent. You can add shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams and top with crab too!
In Brazil we have two different moquecas, this one from Bahia and the capixaba, from Espírito Santo state. Both are delicious, the only difference is that the moqueca capixaba has no coconut milk, and it takes olive oil instead red palm oil. I like to prepare any of them with red snapper, prawns and sliced plantain or banana.
so delicious. i was worried it’d be bland because it wasn’t as ‘intricate’ as the NYtimes recipe but i also didn’t feel like making my own fish stock, which that called for. this is exceptional. i did half the fish it called for and added some shrimp at the end (so as not to overcook it). sooooo good!
Did I miss it? Where is the garlic for the stew added?
In step one, where you coat the fish with garlic and lime juice.
My family is wild about this stew – I used tilapia and added potatoes. So good!
Lord this is good
Delicious!! Creamy and tangy with pops of sweet from the tomatoes. With rice it’s a filling and fairly simple dinner. Thank you!
I’m so glad you liked it Sheri!
Loved it! Such great flavor!! I added shrimp to it. Will be making again real soon!Wondering if I can use light coconut milk next time?
Hi Barbara, I once did an experiment in which I bought every brand of full fat and light coconut milk I could find at our local grocery store. A friend of mine and I taste tested each one. The verdict? The light coconut milks were universally bad tasting. The cans of regular, full fat coconut milk? All delicious. This is why I advise to always use full fat coconut milk. That said, if you have a brand of light coconut milk that you have tasted and you like, by all means use it!