Brazilian Vatapá

Vatapá is a well-known and classic recipe of Brazilian cuisine originated in Bahia. If you want to learn to prepare this delicious recipe, you must have at least some experience because it is not quite difficult. In this section you will find step by step the right way to prepare Vatapá. So, what are you waiting, it is time to start.

Brazilian Vatapa
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup roasted cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 pound of frozen shrimp
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup torn pieces of white bread
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • For the Stock
    • To prepare the stock, combine the chopped onion, the chopped carrot and the garlic, in a large Dutch oven and let the mixture boil for a about 30 minutes.
    • Drain stock through a fine sieve into a bowl.

  • For the Soap
    • Soak the bread pieces with the coconut milk for 10 minutes and blending with the coconut milk until smooth.
    • Bring water to a boil, and then add salt, pepper, garlic and the juice of the lime.
    • Add to the mixture the shrimp and boil for about 10 minutes or until the shrimp will be pink.
    • Remove the shrimp and reserve the stock.
    • Blend the onion, pepper, and garlic.
    • Blend the peanuts and the cashews until finely ground.
    • Fry the onion until soft and golden, for about 3 minutes, then add the ground nuts until golden.
    • Add the ground nuts to the skillet and fry few minutes more, once this mixture is golden, add the bread crumb, coconut milk mixture and the stock.
    • Cook it few minutes approximately 5 then add shrimp to sauce.
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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