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Lemongrass Seafood Stew

  • servings: 4




  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 white onion or 2 small shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, cut into 3-inch pieces and bruised with the back of a knife
  • 1 medium serrano pepper, thinly sliced into rings, or a large pinch of crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 2 cups Homemade Chicken Stock, or low-sodium canned
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 pound skinless red snapper fillets, cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 pound mussels, scrubbed well
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped cilantro, plus sprigs for garnish
  • Cooked jasmine rice, for serving
  • 1/4 to 1/2 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1/2 to 1 cup)
  • Lime wedges, for serving


  1. Step 1

    In a medium stockpot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook, stirring, until translucent but not brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, fish sauce, lemongrass, and serrano pepper, and cook for 2 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Add stock and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Add shrimp, fish, mussels, and the cilantro. Cover, and cook just until fish is opaque and mussels open, 2 to 3 minutes. Ladle over rice, and garnish with diced cucumber and a wedge of lime.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2002



Reviews (2)

  • KimdTaylor 27 Nov, 2010

    We have been making this stew for years and will make it a Christmas Day tradition this year. My 5

  • pinkvelvet 1 Feb, 2008

    great if you want a light dish