Brazilian seafood soup

by Anna on January 6, 2011

in Seafood,Shelfish,Soups,World Food

Hello girls, aaaand occasional guys…. Happy New Year. Did you all have tons of fun this holidays? I hope you did. I went away for a much needed retreat vacation, such beautiful breath-taking place. Surrounded by mountains and citrus farms. Wow…it was really amazing. It was a retreat so there was no TV but my hubby and I are die hard addicted to technology so we still managed to watch some programs on Hulu in my computer. It was an “Avec Eric” marathon. Have you seen his videos? If not… go to Hulu and type Avec Eric and watch the 2 seasons, it is amaaaaazing, he is lovely and a genius, I love him and hubby right now is really into cooking so he enjoyed it too. There are no New Year resolutions in this household that’s really lame already…I think we have to be good to ourselves all year around. So with that in mind I made this delicious Brazilian seafood soup, the ingredients are more like Italian but anywho…it’s really yummy.

Brazilian seafood soup


  • 1 big fennel bulb or 2 small thinly sliced
  • 3 shallots sliced divided
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 can of San Marzano tomatoes diced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1 teaspoon of old bay seasoning
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1pound of little neck clams
  • 1 pound of mussels
  • ½ pound of jumbo shrimp
  • Parsley
  • 3 cups of chicken or vegetal broth
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste

For the anchovies toast:

  • 1 baguette
  • 2 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 Anchovies filets


First start sautéing the fennel and half of the shallots, salt and pepper in a median low heat to develop the flavors, then add the old bay and red chili flakes. When the fennel and shallots are soft add the diced tomatoes (in winter is best to use good tomatoes from can) I love the San Marzano. Let the sauce reduce until is a thick consistency.

Meanwhile clean all the clams and mussels and de- vein the shrimp. Then I used the immersion blender to make a smooth and creamy sauce. After that add the chicken broth and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

In another pan melt 2 tablespoons of butter and sauté 2 anchovies filets mixing constantly to dissolve the anchovies. Don’t worry once the anchovies melt they just have a nutty taste not fishy. Fry the slices of bread until they are golden. Set then a side. Those toasts are delicious with soup. In the same pan add the rest of the shallots and the wine let it reduce a bit. Add the shrimp and sauté it until they get pink then add the little neck clams and the mussels and cover with a lid until they are all open. (Discard the ones that didn’t open, they are not good). Pour the coconut milk and the tomato/chicken broth mix. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Lori January 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM

This sounds delicious! Our favorite times in Brazil were when we went to the coast and got to enjoy the seafood. I’ll have to try to recreate that feeling with this while we look out the window at the snow. 🙂

Anna January 14, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Thank you Stephanie, long time…happy new year. Yes you can taste the coconut, not really overwhelming but you do. I guess you could use a bit of cream….maybe…or skip them all together. It would still be yummy. Have a great weekend.

Stephanie @ Per l'Amore del Cibo January 14, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Wow, this sounds absolutely delicious! I was a little surprised to see coconut milk on the ingredient list…do you taste the coconut, or is it more about consistency? My husband isn’t a fan of coconut, so what would you suggest as a substitute?

Roby January 13, 2011 at 5:09 PM

E onde foi este retiro que vocês fizeram? Adoro campo, então adorei as fotos…

sarah January 13, 2011 at 8:21 AM

This soup looks beautiful! My son would love it.

Tamy January 11, 2011 at 3:35 AM

oi gatona, realmente sinto que estou melhorando as minhas fotos… mas ainda não consegui publicar no foodgawker. Ainda tenho muito que melhorar… o que me incomoda demais é a luz que por aqui não é lá essas coisas!!! hahah beijok

Simply Life January 10, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Oh my gosh, this looks like you’ve recreated one of the best meals I had in Brazil (and basically one of the best meals of my life)!

Magic of Spice January 10, 2011 at 12:30 PM

I hope you had an amazing Holiday, and sounds as if you did…a retreat, how lovely is that. I have not seen this show, but will look it up. Your soup is glorious and wow with the toast 🙂 Wonderful photos as always…
Happy New Year!

Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 10, 2011 at 7:12 AM

HEY ANNA! I’m glad to hear from you–you’ve been missed!

This is a GORGEOUS dish. It’s similar to cioppino, but I love the idea of adding coconut milk! I’m craving it already!

Tamy January 10, 2011 at 4:13 AM

Oi gatona, desculpa ter te enganado… hahahah!!!! De fato eu não poderia morar por aí… imagina, eu ia a falência com tantas opções de mercados assim!! Boa semana para vc minha linda!!! Beijos

A Little Yumminess January 9, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Looks so beautiful and I am sure it tastes AMAZING! Missed your posts! Glad to have you back!

Tiffany January 9, 2011 at 1:51 PM

I JUST started watching Avec Eric on Hulu! 😀

Sortachef January 9, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Nice dish and a beautiful photo. I can taste the flavors… they evoke a little bit of sunshine on this cold winter’s day. Thanks!

Mika January 9, 2011 at 2:43 AM

Welcome back!!!
This recipe is not for me, I wait for something I can cook…but in the meanwhile I can say that your pictures are wonderful and more and more stunning…you are always following this online course you suggested me?

Georgie Fear RD January 8, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Oh what a gorgeous soup, full of the seafood I love most! I’ll be making this one for sure! Thank you so much for sharing it. 🙂

Chef Dennis January 8, 2011 at 12:02 PM

I love that seafood stew!! you have such a wonderful blend of flavors, I can only imagine how delicious it was! The coconut milk sounds like a great addition, I would never have thought of that!
Congrats on the top 9 today!!

Trish January 8, 2011 at 9:54 AM

What gorgeous photos you have here. The seafood sounds amazing. I’ve been craving mussels lately too. Congrats on top 9!!!!

sweetlife January 8, 2011 at 12:19 AM

glad your back, I will have to lookup this show on hulu, a wonderful soup..seafood seems so natural to begin the new year with, fennel- shallots-coconut-wine lovely flavors and the toast, well I could eat the netire basket..
no resolutions here either..


Tamy January 7, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Feliz ano novo minha linda!!! Saudades de você!!!! Que seu 2011 seja repleto de felicidade, saúde, amor e paz… beijos

Erica January 7, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Happy 2011,Anna!!! That looks rich and comforting….. I would love a large bowl now!! It is snowing here today!

Lauren January 7, 2011 at 10:43 AM

What a beautiful looking soup! Looks absolutely delicious 🙂

torviewtoronto January 7, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Anna this soup and bread combination looks wonderful and so many flavours

Isabelle January 7, 2011 at 7:37 AM

I love how seafood soup has a million and one variations… I usually tend to stick to chowder or bouillabaise because those are the ones I grew up with, but I’m really intrigued by the tomato and coconut milk combination you’ve used in the broth here.
I’m totally making this soup next time I get a craving for soup! (which, considering it’s wintertime, will probably be tonight. 😉 )

5 Star Foodie January 6, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Wonderful looking soup, loving all that delicious seafood and bright colors!

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