I saw about Jamie Oliver’s new “Brasilian” Youtube channel, where he shares “Brasilian” recipes, yes, the name is misspelled on Youtube. Brazil is spelled with an s in Portuguese, not in English and the channel description is in English.
I have many issues with the dish shared called Moqueca, which is a typical dish from my home state Bahia. (Note that he spells it with an “o” and I use a “u”; people from Southern Brazil use the “o” and people from Northern Brasil use the “u”.)
He introduces a Brazilian cook who speaks Portuguese throughout the video, but brings little true Bahian insights to the original recipe! So I was extremely upset to see that and our precious recipe shared with the wrong ingredients, wrong preparation and a huge mistake!
So here are the differences:
We don’t add sweet peppers to the recipe, I actually don’t like the idea of adding sweet peppers to it at all! We add the coconut milk, which is only to accentuate the flavor. Our recipe has dende oil which basically makes the muqueca, a muqueca, also missing in their recipe.
What they’ve made is a different version of what we call ensopado or mariscada, which is the stew version, without dende oil.
Well, not sure if they saw my comment, but I need to share this with you! Being Brazilian and having grown up eating muqueca, what they did is not an accurate representation of our dish!
Curious about the real recipe? Here it is:
Shrimp Muqueca (but you can make with fish and clams or scalops like in the video)
2 pounds of shrimp, de-veined and head off
Salt and pepper to taste
1 TSP of olive oil
1 large onion sliced or diced
1 garlic clove
1 large tomato sliced or diced
1 can or bottle of coconut milk
2 Tbps of dende oil
Cilantro to garnish
Sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil, add tomato and shrimp and coconut milk, cooking it for apron 15minutes, add dende oil and boil for 5 minutes, garnish it with chopped cilantro.
If you would like the version without dende oil, the ensopado, click here
That being said, I think it’s a great initiative, but he needs to do a little more research, when bringing traditional dishes to his new channel! In case you are curious, here is the video:
Just in case you are wondering, Muqueca and Moqueca are both acceptable! Yes! Please let us know what you think! Give us a Trendy Shout!
Omg I just love anything with shrimp in it!!! This looks so yummy. Will definitely be giving this a try 🙂
Moqueca sounds delicious! Sounds like a flavorful dish! Would love to know how this taste like!
This recipe sounds so delicious. I like the way the photos show the steps along the way. It makes the recipe easier to follow.
We love shrimp or seafood in general. I’ve never tried preparing shrimp stew though. That looks delicious!
Shaney Vijendranath (youbabyandi)
This looks divine! Never tried making this dish before but now I am going to. Always struggle to find ideas for lunch and dinner.
My husband was looking over my shoulder as I was reading and has now requested this for dinner. 🙂 Looks like I will be making this soon!
This recipe looks great! I’ve never had shrimp, so I honestly don’t know if I’d like it or not. I’m not a big fan of seafood, but this recipe does look really good. I’ll have to give it a try sometime.
I have never tried this dish before. It looks so delicious i will have to get the ingredients so i can make some.
This meal looks amazing!! I hate that Jamie Oliver misrepresented on his show!! I may need to try this soon!!
Not a big fan of shrimp but your dish looks so delish! My sister would love this recipe!
I don’t mind when people share “inspired” recipes or a new take on a traditional dish, but when they do, they need to state the differences. Your traditional dish sounds very tasty!
I love that you’re sharing the authentic version of the recipe. It sounds wonderful, and I’ll try it both ways, but I’m excited about yours!
Up Run For Life
I haven’t ever tried anything similar to this dosh. I do enjoy shrimp. I might have to give it a try one day.
My oldest daughter loves Shrimp. I bet she would love for me to make this for her.
I have never heard of this before but your photos are amazing and I want to run out and buy all the ingredients right now! totally trying this recipe towards the end of the week!
Nancy at Whispered Inspirations
Mmm, this looks incredible. I think you definitely nailed it. Bookmarking!
My husband loves shrimp dishes!! This looks so good I had never heard of it before, I know he would love this for dinner!
A Geek Daddy
I love shrimp but never have tried it this way before. Thanks for the idea I’m going to try this out!
I have never heard of this but it looks so so good! I’m definitely going to be making this soon!
I have never heard of Dende oil before. Where can you get that and are there any suitable substitutes? Maybe that’s why he did that? I would love to try your recipe!
Oh this looks really good and I have almost all of those ingredients in my kitchen. I think I might actually make this some time this week.
Robin (Masshole Mommy)
Oh I love me some shrimp. This looks like a recipe that would be perfect to have on a cool spring night.
I love Jamie and have never heard of this new channel. The stew looks and sounds delicious. We’ll have to have a Brazilian night and check it out!
I have never heard of this type of food. It looks delicious I will have to try it out as soon as I get all the ingredients.
That looks so delicious! I love easy recipes like this. I can’t wait to try your recipe.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
That looks absolutely incredible. Shrimp is my favorite shellfish, and I’m always looking for a new way to prepare it. Thank you for sharing!
I love how it uses such simple ingredients and yet it looks so hearty and flavorful. I wonder if there was a reason he made the changes that he did, or if they will reply to your comment explaining!
The problem I have is that the dish he shared has a different name in my country which I shared on my post, it’s called ensopado. He named the dish on his channel wrong, meaning he shared the wrong recipe for carries that name. I don’t think they care enough to reply 🙂 Just think they never thought somebody would catch the mistake. What he did is like, calling macncheese, a noodle casserole, same ingredients are similar, but definitely different dishes.
Mama to 5 BLessings
I have not heard of this recipe before. I love shrimp, this dish sounds amazing!
That’s a great sounding dish right there. My DIL loves shrimp so it’s fun for me to come across new ways to make it for when she comes to visit.
Oh and thank you for clearing up the ‘s’ and ‘z’ issue in the spelling. I’ve always wondered…