Seafood Cataplana Delight Recipe

Seafood Cataplana Delight Recipe – Imagine a medley of fresh seafood, including shrimp, clams, and fish, infused with aromatic herbs and spices, all simmered together in a traditional cataplana pot. 


  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound clams, scrubbed
  • 1 pound firm white fish (such as cod or haddock), cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional, for added heat)
  • Crusty bread, for serving


  1. Prepare the Cataplana Pot:
    1. Heat olive oil in a large cataplana pot or heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat.
  2. Sauté Aromatics:
    1. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and sliced bell pepper to the pot. Sauté until the vegetables are softened and fragrant.
  3. Add Seafood and Tomatoes:
    1. Once the vegetables are tender, add the diced tomatoes to the pot, stirring to combine. Allow the tomatoes to release their juices.
  4. Layer the Seafood:
    1. Layer the shrimp, clams, and chunks of white fish on top of the vegetable mixture in the pot.
  5. Pour in Wine and Season:
    1. Pour the white wine over the seafood, then season with salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes, if using.
  6. Simmer to Perfection:
    1. Cover the pot and let the seafood simmer gently in the wine-infused broth until the clams have opened and the shrimp and fish are cooked through, about 8-10 minutes.
  7. Garnish and Serve:
    1. Once the seafood is cooked, sprinkle chopped fresh parsley over the dish. Serve the Portuguese Seafood Cataplana Delight hot, with crusty bread for dipping and soaking up the flavorful broth.
  8. Enjoy the Taste of Portugal:
    1. Transport yourself to the sunny shores of Portugal as you indulge in the rich and flavorful delights of our Portuguese Seafood Cataplana—a dish that captures the essence of coastal cuisine with every savory bite. Savor the flavors of the sea and the warmth of Portuguese hospitality with this exquisite seafood stew.

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