Traditionally, Vatapa is a Brazilian stew made with shrimp or fish. This week I decided to change it up a little bit and make it with mussels.
I was planning to use fish, but my grocery store had mussels on sale, and they were very fresh, so I changed it up and make Vatapa with Mussels. Mussels are much cheaper than most seafood, so they make an economical choice. The broth for this stew is kind of unusual, as it is made from fish stock, beer and coconut milk. It sounds like a strange combination, but it made for a rich broth that really enhanced the flavor of the seafood.
The soup is made with one serrano pepper, which gives it just a little bit of spice without being overwhelming. It is topped off with coriander, cashews and lime wedges, and makes an excellent Lenten Meal. I haven’t done much Brazilian cooking, but after seeing how much my family enjoyed this meal I am planning to try some more soon!
Vatapa with Mussels
- 2 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 serrano chili, chopped
- 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
- 1 bottle beer
- 2 c. fish stock
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 lbs mussels
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- cashews, chopped
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- Heat oil in large soup pan over medium heat.
- Add onion, sugar and salt and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add garlic and serrano chili and saute for 1 minute.
- Mix in tomatoes, beer and fish stock. Bring to a boil and them simmer at reduced heat for 15 minutes.
- Stir in coconut milk and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat and simmer for a another 15 minutes.
- Wash and de-beard the mussels.
- Add the mussels to the pan, cover and raise the heat to medium high. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the mussels all open.
- Add the lime juice, and sprinkle with cashews and cilantro.
Nutrition facts are estimates.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Saturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 872mgCarbohydrates: 12gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g
4 thoughts on “Vatapa with Mussels”
What an interesting flavor combo! I like those things on their own, so now I’m even more interested in trying them together. Thanks for sharing!
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This soup sounds so good! I love mussels, pinning to try. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend?
This is an intriguing combo. My husband normally makes our mussels in a wine sauce. Perhaps next time we’ll add a twist and try this recipe. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.
Oooh, I do hope you’ll come over to Food on Friday: Fish & Seafood to bring this to the party! Cheers from Carole’s Chatter