Colder weather is upon us, which means it’s soup season! One of my favourites is Brazilian shrimp soup.
While you may consider Brazil a country of sand and sun this is a dish from the Northeast region of Bahia that’s common in fall and winter.
One of the reasons I love South America is that it is so diverse in culture and history.
Brazil’s story is complex with influences from the indigenous culture, invading Portuguese and African slaves.
The food reflects this history and makes for dishes that aren’t well-known in other regions of Brazil.
Influences on Brazilian Cuisine
Brazilian cuisine is literally a melting pot of cultures that brought ingredients and techniques from their native lands.
The biggest culinary influence in modern cuisine is from the African slaves who were brought to work in the sugarcane fields, coffee plantations, gold mines and to cook for their masters.
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Beginning in 1530, nearly 4 million slaves came from West Africa until abolition in 1888.
With a mass influx of slaves over the years there wasn’t the same segregation that existed in South Africa or the United States.
And so over generations there were interracial marriages and today many Brazilians have some African heritage in their family tree.
Today the Afro-Brazilian culture is strong in Salvador, the capital of Bahia.
Most of the great traditional Brazilian foods, like the Brazilian shrimp soup known as moqueca de camarão were created in this state.
This Brazilian cuisine reflects the indigenous, African and Portuguese history.
Moqueca – One of Brazil’s Most Important Dishes
Also known as muqueca, moqueca (moe-KAY-cuh) is a seafood soup/stew/chowder traditionally slow cooked in a terra cotta dish.
Found throughout Brazil, each coastal village having its own distinct recipe.
The two most well-known moqueca are moqueca capixaba from the South and moqueca bahiana from the North.
The Bahia version more strongly reflects the influence of Afro-Brazilian cooks as it uses what is known as “the trinity” of palm oil, coconut milk and malagueta chile peppers.
Moqueca first appeared during the colonial period.
It is a perfect storm of combining ingredients as the Portuguese brought coconut trees to Brazil and African slaves introduced palm oil, which gives a distinctive orange colour to the dish.
Why Coconut Oil Instead of Palm Oil
Known as dendê, palm oil is the world’s most popular vegetables.
Unfortunately it is also an environmental and sustainability disaster.
Palm oil is extracted from the fruit of an African oil palm tree, which is originally from West Africa but now grows anywhere tropical.
Most of the commercial palm oil today comes from Indonesia and Malaysia.
Deforestation is a major concern.
The World Wildlife Fund says that 300 football fields of rainforest are cleared every hour for palm oil plantations and the endangerment of many species of animals.
The industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses in the countries where it is produced.
Both land and forests must be cleared for the development of the oil palm plantations.
Plantations are often touted as a way to help the economy in rural regions.
However, many indigenous groups are forced off their land, leaving them without any economic benefit or a home.
You can still buy palm oil in Brazilian and African markets but we can do better.
Bahia is known as the Coconut Coast and is the largest producer of coconuts in Brazil.
Substituting coconut oil for the palm oil just makes sense.
This recipe uses Grace Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Grace Organic Coconut Milk.
You can you can find it in a regular grocery store in the international section.
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What to Serve with Brazilian Shrimp Soup
This is a perfect, healthy weeknight dinner as it takes only one pot and can be made start to finish in 20 minutes.
But in Brazil a moqueca is meant to be shared with friends and family.
If you want to make it a special dinner serve it with traditional accompaniments: white rice and toasted manioc flour (farofa).
This isn’t from Brazil but snow crab cakes would also be fantastic.
A cold pilsner beer or caipirinha cocktail always make for a great pairing.
Brazilian Shrimp Soup: Moqueca de Camarão
Brazilian shrimp soup is a great dairy-free seafood stew and ready in just 20 minutes
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, such as Grace Foods Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
- 400 grams shrimp peeled and deveined, thawed from frozen is fine
- 1 whole green pepper diced
- .25 cup shallot sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes
- .5 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- .5 tsp black pepper finely ground
- 5 tablespoons cilantro
- 796 mL can diced tomatoes
- 1 can coconut milk, such as Grace Foods Organic Coconut Milk
- 3 tablespoons cilantro for garnish
- 2 limes 1 cut in half, the second into quarters to garnish
- Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil over medium high heat in a heavy bottomed pot. Add shrimp and sear for no more than one minute, stirring often. This gives the shrimp great texture, similar to "browning" meat. You can skip this step and add the shrimp at the end which will cook in the soup but it will have more of a poached texture. Remove and set aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon over medium heat in the same pot, add green peppers and shallot. Saute for 2-3 minutes, until shallot is translucent. Add garlic, cayenne pepper, chili flakes, cilantro salt and pepper. Saute 30 seconds, once you smell the garlic it is ready.
- Add diced tomatoes, coconut milk and shrimp. Stir to combine and reduce to a simmer to allow flavours to combine. Before serving add the juice of one lime, garnish the bowls with slice of lime on top.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 386Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 1190mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 19g
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although BaconisMagic.ca attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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Disclosure: This was a paid partnership with Grace Foods Canada. They invited me to create a recipe using their Organic and Natural Coconut Products. I’ve used their products in the past and am happy to use them for the Brazilian shrimp soup. You can also find Grace Foods Canada on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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This easy Malaysian Laksa is my all time favorite!
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I don’t know enough about Brazilian food. What I see looks so spectacular, so I think it might be time to learn more!
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Also, I didn’t know about palm oil. Thank you for sharing that info.
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That Brazilian Shrimp Soup looks so good! My fam would love it.
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This soup looks amazing and I’m definitely going to try making it!
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Really liked learning a little more about Brazilian food culture, and the recipe certainly looks delicious. I think I’ve only tasted this dish once so it’s a good one for me to try and make!
Delicious – love a shrimp soup and that one looks amazing- will be adding that to ones to try at home!
This looks like my kind of recipe! I think I already have almost all the ingredients – so I’ll be trying it soon
Great recipe, and I will be sure to avoid palm oil in the future … soup looks yummy!
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Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Smoked Sesame Seeds
2 cups almond milk, divided
1/3 cup tapioca pearls
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup agave syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water mixed in
1/4 teaspoon salt
Smoked sesame seeds (for garnish)
In a large bowl, soak the tapioca overnight (or for at least 4 hours) in 1 cup of the almond milk. When you’re ready to cook, add the other cup of almond milk and warm the tapioca and almond milk mixture over medium heat. Wait until the pudding is boiling, then add the coconut milk, vanilla, and agave. Cook for another 10 or 12 minutes, stirring continuously.
Finally, add the cornstarch-water mixture and salt, cooking and stirring for five minutes. Cool in a Tupperware or glass bowl for at least an hour before serving. Or eat a little warm, it’s wonderful! When serving, sprinkle a few smoked sesame seeds on top.
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No mention of lime or lime juice but clearly shown in photos.
Huge oversight, thank you so much for commenting. I’m adding it in now.
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