Fish Stew with Lime, Cumin and Paprika

    1 hour 45 minutes

    This is a simplified version of a common Brazilian dish that I remember from my childhood. You can use any firm-fleshed white fish.

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    Serves: 6 

    • Marinade
    • 3 tablespoons lime juice
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 tablespoon paprika
    • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 750g tilapia fillets, cut into chunks
    • Stew
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 onions, chopped
    • 4 large capsicums, sliced
    • 1 (400g) tin diced tomatoes, drained
    • 1 (400g) tin coconut milk
    • 1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:1hour marinating  ›  Ready in:1hour45min 

    1. Marinade: Stir together the lime juice, cumin, paprika, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add the fish and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 20 minutes, up to 24 hours.
    2. Stew: Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Quickly fry the onions in the oil 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add the capsicums, fish and diced tomatoes to the saucepan in succeeding layers.
    3. Pour the coconut milk over the mixture. Cover the saucepan and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the coriander and continue cooking until the fish is completely cooked through, another 5 to 10 minutes.

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    I served it with rice. absolutely delicious. quick and easy and full of flavour. will add a dash of chilli powder next time, I think that would be nice also.  -  20 Jan 2017


    Fabulous stew. I would recommend a few tweaks: The listed amount of bell peppers is a bit much. Half the amount of bell peppers is more than enough. I'd also do half red, half yellow bell peppers for added color. As well, I'd recommend a fish that is more firm/less flaky than tilapia. I used cod and it turned out great. Finally, a pinch of chili flakes for an extra bit of zing.  -  16 Mar 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe was excellent. It was relatively easy to make and didn't take much time. I used more than the recommended lime which I would suggest. This fish stew could have as easily passed as a Thai recipe. If you like Thai food try this dish. I am also going to make this again substituting the fish with shrimp or chicken.  -  02 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)