Arroz de Marisco – Mozambican Seafood Rice

Shahnaaz Omar shares this Mozambican Recipe with us:

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My husband grew up in Mozambique. One of his favourite dishes is Seafood Rice, known locally as Arroz de Marisco. While on holiday in Maputo I observed his aunt quickly whip up the dish. Upon our return home, we attempted to replicate it. Being a stickler for details, I found a recipe online. Success is inevitable for this easy dish. The next time my husband took over the kitchen as I sat with my newborn. This is his version of his favourite dish:

Arroz de marisco


1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
4 tbsp olive oil
2 ripe tomatoes (or canned tomatoes)
Chopped coriander leaves
1 1/2 cups starchy rice (carolino, carnarolli…)
1 kilo shellfish mixture (prawns, mussels, clams, crab, whatever – even bite-size pieces of filleted fish)
Handful chopped green pepper and mushrooms
5 cups water
chili, pepper, salt to taste
3 tbsp thick cream
Chopped parsley leaves or dried parsley


Finely chop the onion and garlic.
Lightly fry with the oil until transparent.
Add the tomatoes, chopped.
Add the rice and water.
Let it cook for about 10 minutes.
Add the shellfish, green pepper and mushrooms and cook for a further 10 minutes.
Season with chili, pepper and salt to taste.
Add the cream and coriander leaves.
Sprinkle with the parsley and serve in bowls. squeeze fresh lemon juice over.

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