There is nothing better than a relaxed dinner on cold winter nights. My Moroccan Seafood Stew with Argentinian Red Shrimp is an impressive dish and will definitely warm you up! This easy one pot dish is cooked up just right with Aleppo pepper and sumac along with other delicious spices. The star ingredient for this recipe is the Argentinian Red Shrimp from Trader Joe’s.
Be sure to add this to your winter recipe rotation!
Original Post: January 2023 | Post Updated: December 2023
Why this recipe works
- This Moroccan Seafood Stew is packed with 27 g protein!
- Parts of this easy recipe can be prepped ahead of time.
- The red shrimp is cooked in a spicy tomato sauce and you can serve it with rice, quinoa, roasted potatoes, couscous or bread.
- All you need is a soup pot or a dutch oven.
Be sure to check out my Best Spiced Lentils and Crispy Tofu with Brown Rice and also my Oven Roasted Boneless Chicken Thighs with Pumpkin Glaze.
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- Canned peeled tomatoes. Chopped tomatoes are a great addition or plum tomatoes.
- Chicken broth. Fish stock or vegetable broth can be used as a substitute.
- Argentinean red shrimp. Regular shrimp or prawns work too.
- Extra virgin olive oil.
- White onion.
- Red bell peppers. You can use yellow pepper too.
- Italian parsley. Fresh cilantro is great as well.
- Granulated garlic. Fresh garlic clove works also.
- Ground cumin.
- Sweet paprika.
- Dried basil.
- Dried parsley.
- Onion powder.
- Cayenne pepper.
- Coriander. I use ground coriander but fresh coriander leaves would be delicious too.
- Aleppo pepper.
- Kosher salt.
How to make Moroccan Seafood Stew
1. Start with cooking the rice according to the package.
2. On medium heat, preheat a large pot or dutch oven. Add a drizzle of olive oil. When the pot is ready, add the onions and peppers. Season with a touch of salt. Turn the heat down to med/low. Cook for 8 minutes or until the onions and pepper start to sweat.
3. Add the spices and cook for 2 minutes, stirring gently. Pour in the peeled tomatoes and chicken broth. Stir to combine and let it cook for 2 minutes. An important step is to taste test your broth and see if it needs additional salt.
4. Bring the tomato sauce mixture to a boil then add the shrimp. Turn down to low heat and let the shrimp cook in the broth for 15-20 minutes, stirring gently. Shrimp is done when it is opaque.
5. Stir in the parsley right before serving. Let the stew cool for about 2-3 minutes.
6. Serve with a 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of rice and pour the Moroccan Seafood Stew over the top.
7. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave for about 60-90 seconds.
Garnish with fresh parsley or fresh cilantro. Green olives would be delicious on top of the sauce.
To make this dish vegetarian or vegan, use garbanzo beans or other vegetables like eggplant or zucchini.
If you would like this seafood stew to be a little more spicy, add harissa paste.
To save on prep time, cut up your onions and peppers the night before. Also measure out the spices ahead of time and store them in a small airtight glass jar.
Scallops and squid are a great addition to this seafood stew. Any white fish fillets or good quality fish like sea bass, salmon or a cod fillet can be used to make this a moroccan fish stew.
Argentinian red shrimp can be found at Trader Joe’s in the frozen section. Defrost the bag overnight in the fridge or put it in a colander and run cold water over it for about 10 minutes. It has a lobster type of texture.
You can always substitute with regular prawns if you like.
Sumac can be replaced with a squeeze of lemon.
You can add tomato paste for more depth.
This dish is spicy. (according to my husband LOL) But if you would like to take the heat down, you can omit the cayenne or use less or add a 1/2 tsp ground black pepper instead.
What is Aleppo Pepper?
Aleppo pepper is sourced from Turkey and is a common spice for Middle Eastern food and the Mediterranean diet. Aleppo pepper can be added to meats, vegetables and also it can be used in salad dressings. You can find it on Amazon or speciality stores like World Market.
It is not as hot as cayenne. If you need to substitute, use a combination of cayenne and sweet paprika.
What is Sumac?
Sumac is also another common spice in Middle Eastern cuisine. It has a tang and resembles a lemony taste. Sumac is great for any fish recipe, warm soups or in hummus. If you can’t locate sumac, you can substitute with a sqeeze of lemon juice.
Sumac can be found on Amazon as well and also World Market or other specialty spice markets.
Why I created this dish
I absolutely LOVE using sumac and Aleppo pepper (like in my Spicy Vegan Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup)in my recipes. I also enjoy discovering new ways to enjoy Trader Joe’s products (such as the Argentinian Red Shrimp). Argentinian Red Shrimp is also delicious in my Best Shrimp Shakshuka with Chunky Tomato Sauce.
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Moroccan Seafood Stew with Argentinian Red Shrimp
- 1 28 ounces peeled tomatoes
- 1 14.5 ounces chicken broth
- 1 pound Argentinean red shrimp
- 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
- 1 medium white onion small diced
- 2 large red bell peppers small diced
- 1/4 cup italian parsley use extra for garnish
- 2 cups white rice, cooked
- Cook rice according the package. On medium heat, preheat a Dutch Oven and add the olive oil. When ready, add the onions and peppers. Add a touch of salt. Turn the heat down to med/low. Cook for 8 minutes or until the onions and pepper start to sweat.
- Add the spices and cook for 2 minutes, stirring gently. Then add the peeled tomatoes and chicken broth. Give it a good stir to combine and let it cook for 2 minutes. Taste test your broth and see if it needs additional salt.
- Bring the sauce to a boil then add the shrimp. Turn the heat down to low and let the shrimp cook in the broth for 15-20 minutes, stirring gently. Shrimp is done when it is opaque.
- Stir in the parsley right before serving.
- To serve, add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of rice to a bowl and pour the Moroccan Seafood Stew over the top.
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