Traditionally, Vatapa is a Brazilian stew made with shrimp or fish. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â It is topped off with coriander, cashews and lime wedges, and makes an excellent Lenten Meal. Â 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
- 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.
Looking for more vegetarian or seafood ideas for Lent? Â Check out the Lenten Recipes below!