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How to make Portuguese seafood rice cataplana (arroz de marisco cataplana).
Preparation time:
10 min
Cooking Time:
35 min
Ready In:
45 min
Level of Difficulty:

Portuguese Seafood Rice Cataplana Recipe - Portuguese Recipes

Portuguese Seafood Rice Cataplana Recipe

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Posted in: Seafood Recipes
Sat, Feb 13, 2016
4 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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3 tablespoons olive oil1 medium onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 red sweet pepper, diced5 large peeled tomatoes, diced1 bay leafPinch of piri piri flakes (or red pepper flakes)3 ¾ cups (890ml) vegetable broth¾ cup (180ml) white wine2 cups (475ml) Carolino rice (short grain white rice) 12 large whole shrimp½ pound (225g) mussels, cleaned½ pound (225g) clams, cleanedSalt to taste1 lemonFresh cilantro * Get Portuguese ingredients & stuff Get Portuguese ingredients and other stuff at Amazon.com


Cataplana is an item of cookware used to prepare Portuguese seafood dishes, popular on the country's Algarve region

The cataplana is traditionally made of copper and shaped like two clamshells hinged at one end and able to be sealed using a clamp on either side of the assembly. Cataplanas can also be made of aluminium.

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  1. Heat olive oil in the cataplana over medium heat. Add in the onion and garlic and allow to cook, stirring frequently, about 5-10 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add the diced pepper and tomatoes to the pan and allow it to cook another 5 or so minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour the broth and white wine into the pan, stir well and bring to a boil.
  2. Once the liquid has come to a boil, add in the rice and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and cover with the top of the cataplana, allowing it to simmer for about 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked but still has plenty of liquid. Taste the rice and add salt as necessary.
  3. Open the cataplana and place the shrimp, mussels and clams into the rice and cover again. Allow it to cook about 5-7 minutes or until the shells open and the shrimp has turned bright pink.
  4. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top and sprinkle with cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.

Recipe & Photo Credit: Gabriella Opaz, catavino.net

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