Monday, February 18, 2013

Brazilian Coconut Lime Shrimp Stew

This outstanding shrimp stew is filled with flavors such as coconut, lime and tomato. Served over coconut rice, this is ready in under thirty minutes!

shrimp stew, coconut rice

By the time Sunday night rolls around, I am not in a great frame of mind to cook. I’ve laid around, with any luck, over the weekend, and sometimes it is hard to get inspired. Going out is not an option for us right now as our budget is very tight. I’m not a fast food person and even if I caved and let my husband go to Chipotle, I’d have a hard time justifying the $8 or so that he would spend on a burrito. I’m hoping this changes very soon because I am more than ready for a break; cooking and otherwise.

In the meantime I guess it is good that I can cook. I get bored easily when cooking so when someone asks me what my specialty is I have a hard time answering. Truthfully, it is whatever I’m cooking that day. I love to read about food, and when times are good I love to dine out. Somewhere in my odd mind I tuck these food thoughts away and at other random moments they reappear. I tend to want certain foods based on when I had them during my travels. Several conferences in Baltimore and New Orleans during the spring months in the pre kid era, now cause me now to want crab cakes and Cajun food in the spring. And of course last year I was in Jerusalem, so now I add Middle Eastern food to the mix. When I was pregnant I had strong cravings for McDonald's cheeseburgers but that ended about 22 years ago, thank goodness; though I still crave sesame shrimp and much to my chagrin, that restaurant closed a long time ago. I still love dim sum during Chinese New Year and my need for potstickers never disappears. April and this year in March, has me thinking matzoh and so I need Passover recipes. Summer is entirely filled with corn and so it goes. I’m sure if you follow this blog long enough you could spot a trend.

But what does this have to do with Sunday night? Not much really. But I found a good recipe that has me escaping to Brazil at least in my mind. (Denver does have a good Brazilian restaurant that is fun to try if you ever need something to do.) Maybe it is a little like I imagine Brazil to be-peppery, rich, but not to rich, and colorful. This was a quick recipe which is good on a Sunday night and it even gave us leftovers for the week. It is perfect dinner party fodder as you can get it ready and add the shrimp 5 minutes before you are ready to serve. I made a coconut lime rice that was perfect and with the addition of a salad, you definitely have a meal that everyone would be happy with. It is a pretty dish but the light at night doesn’t show it off. Well, hopefully you get the idea!

The strange thing is that this dish has me singing this song-“You put the lime in the coconut and mix’em both up. You put the lime in the coconut and drink ‘em both together. You put the lime in the coconut-then you’ll feel better.” The strange thing is-I think it might be working! See for yourself.

Coconut Lime and tomato shrimp stew

Brazilian Coconut Lime Shrimp Stew
Serves 4
Time to Make: About 20 minutes
2T olive oil
1 c chopped onion
1 c chopped red pepper
1 seeded jalapeno sliced thin
3 cloves chopped garlic
½ t red chili flakes
1 15 oz can chopped tomatoes
¾ c canned unsweetened coconut milk
Juice of ½ a lime
¼ c chopped cilantro
¼ c chopped green onions
¼ t fresh ground black pepper
1 lb raw medium peeled, deveined shrimp
Heat 2T oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, peppers and chili flakes. Saute 5 minutes. Mix in tomatoes, coconut milk and lime juice, cilantro and green onions. Simmer a few minutes. You can turn this off if you are not ready to serve yet. When you are, rewarm over low heat and then add shrimp. Season with black pepper and salt if needed. Let shrimp cook for about 5 minutes or until they are opaque and have turned color.

I served this over coconut rice.

Coconut Rice
1 c rice
1 clove garlic
1T oil
Juice of ½ a lime with a bit of zest
¾ c water
1 c coconut milk
½ t salt

Saute garlic in oil and add rice to toast a bit. Then add lime juice, coconut milk, water and salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Turn down to low and cover with lid. Let cook for about 15-20 minutes or until when you lift lid water has evaporated and there are dimples in your rice. Stir in a bit of lime zest and fluff rice with a fork.  Enjoy!

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  1. This has such a great mix of flavors that it must taste fantastic and that coconut rice the perfect accompaniment. And I doubt you could have found a better bowl in which to serve this dish. :)

  2. It does taste good Chicago John and it sure hit the spot last night. In the summer I think I might make a mojito to go with it. And the rice is good with many dishes. It does look pretty in that bowl though... Thanks!

  3. Such tasty exotic flavours, I would love to try this recipe out!

  4. I sometimes get bored with cooking to. That's usually when I'll look at something totally different from what I've been doing, and cook that. I've made almost no Brazilian food in my life (and have rarely eaten it), so this would be perfect for one of those days when I crave something different but have no idea what I want. Shrimp is always a favorite of mine, and I love the flavors in the recipe. Plus it looks really pretty! Great food styling, and that plate (bowl?) works perfectly.

  5. Thank you Mr.Riffs. I just wish I had lights... You should try this. It is quick and simple and you can throw in fish if you're out of shrimp. It has some spice but the lime juice helps balance it out as does the coconut milk. And I know you like shrimp. That was a good one you posted yesterday!

  6. This Brazilian Coconut Lime Shrimp Stew is beautiful. What a great way to escape to Brazil in the comfort of your own home. :)

  7. I made a similar dish based on a Latin cuisine cook book but i think your version sounds a lot better. I love the combination of coconut milk, lime, and seafood. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

  8. Jeez. Thanks so much Yi. it is a great combo!

  9. Delish and very flavoursome!I love that coconut rice!

  10. I will try the coconut rice (nobody here ever tasted shrimps).
    You reminded me the book "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands"

  11. I have always meant to read that book! And the rice is very good. Thanks for writing Angie and Meirav!

  12. Oh yum! This looks fabulous and you and I were clearly on the same wave-length this Monday with the coconut, peppers, etc. Excited to try this.

  13. We definitely were on the same wave length! And I am excited to try yours.

  14. i might switch shimps with something else coz seafood and i are not
    but, i can already imagine how great this whole meal would taste :D

  15. No problem. Just use some thin slices of boneless chicken breast. Thanks for writing!

  16. Just finished eating this for dinner! Delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Kim, I'm so happy you like it! Thanks for letting me know. It is extra special when you know someone else is enjoying it, too!