Mariscada Recipe

A traditional Brazilian fish stew, this Mariscada Recipe is a robust seafood delight with fish, mussels, crabmeat, clams and more.




4 pounds of codfish fillets
1 pound of mussels
1/2 pound of fresh crabmeat
12 clams
1 pound of cleaned and de-veined shrimp
2 peeled tomatoes
1 sprig of finely chopped fresh cilantro
Pinch of saffron threads
1 chopped onion
2 chopped cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste


1. Clean the clams and put them in a pot and pour in enough water to cover the clams along with 1/3 cup of salt. Soak the clams for 45 minutes. Change the water twice, soaking for 30 minutes each time. Clean the mussels the same way as the clams, though soak for a total of 2 hours.

2. Saute the onion, tomatoes, garlic, coriander, salt, peppers, and saffron in a heated pan with oil, stirring until the onions become tender.

. 3. Next, add the fish and shellfish to the onion mixture. Add water just covering the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the shellfish open, approximately 15 minutes. Throw away clams or mussels that do not open. Serve hot.

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