Brazilian shrimp moqueca with yuca mash
Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free
25 – 35 Minutes
This paleo Brazilian seafood stew is known for bold, bright flavors, which we balance with our sweet and starchy (and gluten-free) yuca mash.
- 10 ounces yuca root
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- 3 or 4 cloves peeled fresh garlic
- 2 or 3 Roma tomatoes (about 8 ounces)
- 10 ounces wild Gulf shrimp
- 1 lime
- 1 tablespoon diced mild green chiles
- 3 or 4 sprigs fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (optional)
Yuca root (not to be confused with the house plant, yucca) is the third most popular starch in the world, after rice and corn. Rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, and various B vitamins, this paleo-approved root is an excellent replacement for other starchy carbohydrates and grains. To read more about yuca and view our video on how to mash it, visit https://www.sunbasket.com/content/article/a-users-guide-to-yuca.
Cook the yuca mash
- Peel the yuca; cut it in half lengthwise, then crosswise into ¼-inch-thick half-moons.
While the yuca cooks, prepare the vegetables and shrimp.
Prep the vegetables and shrimp
- Peel and thinly slice the yellow onion.
- Remove the stem, ribs, and seeds from the bell pepper. Cut the pepper lengthwise into ½-inch-wide strips, then crosswise into ½-inch pieces.
- Finely chop, press, or grate enough garlic to measure 2 teaspoons.
- Cut away the cores from the tomatoes; coarsely chop the tomatoes.
- Rinse the shrimp, then drain on a paper-towel-lined plate and pat dry. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Juice half the lime; cut the remaining half into wedges for garnish.
Cook the shrimp moqueca
Add the shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until firm and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt, pepper, and lime juice.
When the shrimp are almost done, chop the cilantro.
Prep the cilantro
- Coarsely chop the cilantro.
Nutrition per serving: Protein: 29g (58% DV), Fiber: 9g (36% DV), Total Fat: 16g (25% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5g, Saturated Fat: 3g (15% DV), Cholesterol: 215mg (72% DV), Sodium: 540mg (23% DV), Carbohydrates: 79g (26% DV), Total Sugars: 14g, Added Sugars: 0g (0% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat.