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Cataplana de Pescador

Monday, 26 May 2008


One of the Portugal's most notable dishes is named after the wok-like, copper pressure cooker in which it is prepared. It can be made with various ingredients but most commonly clams (ameijoas) along with small pieces of Portuguese spiced sausage (chouriço), garlic, onions, tomatoes, and a little piri-piri. Serve this with boiled new potatoes.


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Latin American
Cooking Method
Heat Level
Main Course

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 ounces butter

  • 2 medium onions chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 pounds clean and rinsed clams

  • 2 pounds monk fish fillets, cut into chunks

  • 2 large swordfish steaks, cut into strips

  • 8 Tiger prawns in their shells

  • 3 ½ ounces spiced sausage, chopped

  • 4 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 fresh piri-piri chiles, minced (substitute serrano or fresh piquin)

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1/2 tablespoon flour

  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine

  • 1 tablespoon wine vinegar

  • 1 sprig parsley, minced

  • 1 lemon, halved


In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic until lightly browned. Place half the onion and garlic on the bottom of a large casserole dish with a tight fitting cover. Add half the clams, half the fish, half the prawns, half the spicy sausage, and half the tomatoes. Season with half the salt and pepper, piri-piri, and paprika. Repeat with a second layer.

Mix the flour with the wine and vinegar and pour over the layers. Put the cover on tightly and cook at a slow simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice and serve with warm crusty bread and butter.



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