Image_Oct 14_Moqueca de Camarao_1Here is one of the most important and delicious recipes with strong African influences and one of the most traditional for the culinary of the Northeast region of Brazil.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Tiger Shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoon Dendê oil (Palm Oil)
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Tomatoes, Sliced
  • 2 Green Peppers, Sliced
  • ½ bunch of fresh Cilantro
  • ½ Cup of Shrimp Juice or Clam Juice
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • Black Pepper and Salt to taste

Directions

1) Combine Shrimp with lime juice and salt in a bowl. Leave to marinate while you continue.

2) In a large fry pan add the coconut milk, the clam or shrimp juice and bring to boil; than add the tomatoes, cilantro, green pepper, onions and garlic.

3) After 10 or 15 minutes add the Dendê Oil (or tomato paste as alternative) and the shrimp, plus salt and black pepper for taste.

4) Cook for more 20-25 minutes or until the sauce is thick or concentrated.

5) Serve with steam rice – Serves 6 to 8 people