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Encocado is one of the many typical dishes of the Colombian coasts. It is so called because it is a preparation consisting of a stew or stir-fry to which coconut milk is added. This dish also has its own versions in other Latin American countries such as Ecuador. It can be prepared with shrimp, fish and seafood.

My favorite way to prepare this dish is with a stew or guiso typical from the coast, which consists of aji dulce (sweet chili - if you don't have it, add sweet paprika powder), red onion, spring onion, garlic and tomato. I also add red bell pepper for more flavor.


(Approx. 3 servings)

  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes, grated

  • 1/2 grated red paprika

  • 1/2 large red onion, finely chopped

  • 1 spring stalk finely chopped

  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped

  • 1 sweet chili pepper (optional) finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1 can coconut milk

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 1/2 bunch chopped cilantro or to taste

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil to taste (optional)

  • Vegetable oil

  • 400 grams of pre-cooked and thawed seafood.


In a skillet heat the oil and add the red onion, spring onion and sweet chili pepper (optional- if you don't have then add sweet paprika powder). Stir fry for about 3 minutes, then add the garlic. After the onion starts to become transparent add the tomato and grated paprika, stir and add the spices: cumin, turmeric and coriander powder. Stir and bring to a boil. When it boils, lower the heat and let it cook covered for 10 to 15 minutes, so that it releases more liquid.

Separately, heat the coconut milk and when it starts to bubble, add the ready stew. Stir and add salt and pepper. Here you can blend it or leave it like this... When the mixture is boiling, add the seafood and cook for about 6 to 7 minutes more. Correct the flavor by adding more salt, pepper or more spices to taste and add the basil and cilantro. Stir and turn off the heat.

Serve with rice, plantain chips, mashed plantains or whatever you like!

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