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Moroccan Seafood Stew

Warm up on these cold winter nights with my Moroccan Seafood Stew. This 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

Be sure to add this to your winter recipe pin rotation!

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moroccan seafood stew sitting in a white bowl stack

What are other substitutions if you can’t eat shrimp

Scallops and squid are a great addition to this seafood stew. Or you can use any white fish to make this a moroccan fish stew instead. 

Where do I find Argentinian Red Shrimp

Argentinian red shrimp can be found at Trader Joe’s in the frozen section. You can defrost the bag over night in the fridge or you can put it in a colander and run cold water over it for about 10 minutes.

You can always substitute with regular prawns if you like. 

close up picture of shrimp sitting in stew

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, you can a combination use 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.

How to make Moroccan Seafood Stew

To save on prep time, I suggest cutting up your onions and peppers the night before. Also you can measure out the spices ahead of time and store them in a small airtight glass jar. 

For cooking, you will start with extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. You will want to cook down the onions and the bell peppers for several minutes. This is an important step because you want all the juices from the vegetables to release all that natural flavor. 

Then you will add the spice in and let them cook for 2 minutes. Followed by adding the crushed tomatoes and the chicken broth. When the sauce starts to boil, you will then add the shrimps or whatever white fish or seafood you decide to go with. 

Be sure to turn the heat down so that the shrimp will braise without letting your sauce reduce too much. 

This recipe doesn’t call for tomato paste but you can add some in if you want the stew more thick.

How can I garnish Moroccan Seafood Stew

You can use fresh cilantro or fresh parsley. 

Why I created this dish

I absolutely LOVE using sumac and Aleppo pepper in my recipes. I remember receiving a very special gift for my wedding with all of these Middle Eastern spices. OMG, I used those right up and had to research how to get more!

I also enjoy discovering new ways to enjoy Trader Joe’s products (such as the Argentinian Red Shrimp)

Other tips for this Moroccan Seafood Stew

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 are good side dishes for this stew

I like using jasmine rice but any type of bread would be delicious. Couscous, quinoa, or roasted potatoes will pair well also.

serving up moroccan seafood stew into a bowl on top of rice
close up shot of shrimp in a stew on top of rice
You can use regular shrimp if you can’t locate Argentinian Red Shrimp.

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moroccan seafood stew

Moroccan Seafood Stew

A delicious and healthy winter stew featuring Middle Eastern spices and Argentinian Red Shrimp.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4
Calories 306 kcal


  • 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

spice blend

  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cumin ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
  • kosher salt as needed


  • Cook rice according the package.
    On medium heat, preheat the pan and add the 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. 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 of rice to a bowl and pour the stew over the top. Stir to combine and enjoy!


Please Note:
This dish is spicy! If you want to take the heat down, you can omit the cayenne or use less. 
You can use other types of seafood such as regular prawns, scallops, squid or any kind of white fish. It’s excellent when you mix a variety as well. I’ve used up to 2 pounds of seafood in this recipe. 
Aleppo pepper and Sumac can be found at World Market and other specialty stores. Some retail grocery stores like Safeway carry it but the best prices are at World Market. 
How much rice you want to serve with it is up to you. You can substitute with a different kind of rice, roasted potatoes, sweet potato or dip your favorite bread in it. 


Calories: 306kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 27gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 183mgSodium: 410mgPotassium: 583mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1157IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 143mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Gluten Free Stew, Morrocan Seafood Stew, Seafood Stew
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