Typically, when we buy fish, we tend to make the same meals over and over again: fried fish or breaded and flavored fish with vegetables. It doesn’t matter what kind of fish it is, they always end up in one of these three entrees. So, we decided to try something different when we got a great deal for a big bag of small Tilapia fillets. And, what do you do when you want to try a new recipe? You go to Pinterest. As we were scrolling down, we found a very unique idea to make it into a Brazilian fish stew!
It was definitely an experiment. I mean, a fish stew? A spicy fish stew? But, we really enjoyed it. I loved the texture that came with the orzo and tilapia, and the coolness the sour cream and cilantro added to it.
This recipe is very simple and easy to make. You can even customize it according to your spice endurance. If you want it more soupy, add less orzo, or no orzo at all. I like chunky stews, so I like a lot of orzo.Need some spice to warm up your life? Try this Brazilian Fish Stew! Click To Tweet
- 3-4 Tilapia fillets
- 5 tbsp lime juice
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 1/2 tsp paprika
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 small onion
- 3 medium to large bell peppers (we used 2 medium green and 1 large red)
- 1 (14 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2 cups orzo
- 2 tbsp cilantro
- Cut the Tilapia into chunks. In a bowl, mix the lemon and lime juices with the cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Marinate the Tilapia in the mix. Put in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- Chop up the vegetables. In a small frying pan, saute the onions until they get soft and a little golden-brown. Add in the peppers for about 3-5 minutes.
- In a stew pot, pour the softly sauteed vegetables, the marinated fish, and the rest of the ingredients (don’t drain the tomatoes). Cook on medium high for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir cilantro, lower the heat to medium-low, and continue to cook and occasionally stir for about 10 minutes. The fish will cook thoroughly in the stew.
- Top with some sour cream, squeezed lime juice or lime wedges, and cilantro according to taste.
Have you ever had a fish stew?