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Vatapa -Brazilian Shrimp Stew
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Vatapa – Brazilian Shrimp Stew

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins


  • 1 cup dried shrimp
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup sliced almonds or slivered
  • 1/4 cup palm oil
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 finely chopped jalapeno I used red jalapeno
  • 1 cup fish stock or clam juice
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 8 oz. white fish fillet I used mahi mahi
  • 1 lb. shelled and cleaned shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste


  • Place dried shrimp in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for 20 minutes for the shrimp to soften. Drain.
  • Rough chop the nuts by hand with a knife so that it is easier for the blender to grind. Combine nuts and shrimp in a food processor or blender and grind to a fine powder.
  • In a large skillet, heat dende oil. Add onions, garlic and jalapeno. Saute until vegetables are softened.
  • Add shrimp nut powder, fish stock and coconut milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add fish and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and cilantro. Simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Serve with rice or farofa (toasted cassava meal/yuca) drizzled with palm oil.
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