Today I was coming home from work and wondering what to make for dinner. There were some options in the freezer, but nothing that my stomach said “That’s what I wanna eat today!” And I learned once that we always have to ask our stomach what it wants to eat, because then we can even eat a smaller portion but we’ll be fully satisfied. Then I asked that question and the answer was (in Portuguese): “Moqueca de Camarão”, which we can call Shrimp Stew. I went straight to the supermarket and picked up the ingredients. Here is the result.
Shrimp Stew (Moqueca de Camarão)
- 500g of shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 sliced onion
- 1 red pepper cut into strips
- 1 yellow pepper cut into strips
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 can of chopped tomatoes
- 200ml of coconut milk
- 1 tbsp palm oil (dendê)
- finely chopped parsley
- salt to taste
- Season shrimp with salt, pepper and 1/4 of the coconut milk. Let it marinate while you prepare the sauce.
- In a saucepan, heat some olive oil and add onion and garlic. Sauté for a few minutes. Add the peppers and stir for another 5 minutes, until they are soft but not too cooked. Add the tomatoes (blend it first in a food processor or blender to get a smooth sauce), coconut milk and palm oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste and simmer until slightly thickened. Add the shrimp and simmer for a few minutes just to warm them (I used already cooked shrimp). Sprinkle parsley on the top.
Serve with white rice.
Yield: 4 servings