Savor the Sea: Delicious Arroz De Marisco Recipe

Hey there, foodies! Are you ready for a culinary adventure? Today, I’m excited to share with you a delicious recipe that’s a classic in Portuguese cuisine – Arroz De Marisco!

Arroz De Marisco is a dish consisting of rice and various seafood ingredients that is often compared to the familiar Spanish dish, Paella. Despite its creation being associated with the beach towns of central Portugal, this seafood rice casserole has become a popular dish throughout the entire country.

But why should you give this dish a try? Allow me to convince you. For starters, it’s simply delicious, featuring mouth-watering clams, shrimp and mussels alongside perfectly cooked grains of rice that are infused with flavors from vegetable broth, water, canned tomatoes, garlic cloves, onion, dry white wine and parsley. Trust me when I say this is not your average seafood paella!

Furthermore, Arroz De Marisco is versatile and can easily be adjusted to suit your preferences or dietary restrictions. In fact, I’m going to suggest some substitutions and variations later on in this recipe article that will allow for an even greater level of customization.

So whether you’re looking for a new dinner party showstopper or just want to make a special meal for your loved ones, Arroz De Marisco is the perfect classic Portuguese feast that everyone will love. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Arroz De Marisco
Arroz De Marisco

Are you looking for a dish that will transport you to the sunny beaches of Portugal? Look no further than Arroz De Marisco, the classic Portuguese seafood rice that will take your taste buds on a trip to Paradise.

Here’s why you’ll love this recipe:

Firstly, it is incredibly versatile. You can substitute or add any type of seafood that you like, whether it’s shrimp, clams, mussels or any other sea creatures that catch your fancy. This seafood medley pairs perfectly with fluffy grain rice and a vegetable broth cooking base.

Additionally, this dish is an explosion of flavors in your mouth. The dry white wine, the ripe tomatoes, and even a touch of salsa verde will imbue every bite with distinctive taste notes that will keep your taste buds guessing. And don’t forget the garlic cloves and onion – because they help to give it that certain special something.

Finally, this dish looks and feels like an adventure on a plate. Served in a large casserole dish amid pieces of 1 whole lobster tail and other delectable seafood pieces that just might make you salivate with hunger anticipation.

Overall, Arroz De Marisco is a true seafood classic from Portugal; it’s an impressive dish consisting of rice with various seafood ingredients – so there’s no need to sweat about creation despite being associated with beach life central Portugal; praia de marisco (beach seafood) has long thrilled locals and tourists alike. This dish is perfect for those who want to indulge themselves in some classic Portuguese cuisine despite where they live, by bringing a bit Praia de Marisco into their home!

Ingredient List

 A bowl full of oceanic goodness - Arroz de Marisco.
A bowl full of oceanic goodness – Arroz de Marisco.

Before diving into the recipe, let’s take a look at the key ingredients we’ll be working with.

For the rice:

  • 2 cups of long-grain rice
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Seafood ingredients:

  • 1 whole crab, cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 1 lb of clams
  • 1 lb of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb of mussels
  • 1/4 cup of chopped parsley

Salsa verde:

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

This classic Portuguese dish is full of fresh seafood, aromatic vegetables, and flavorful rice mixed with delicious salsa verde. The perfect combination for a hearty and satisfying meal.

The Recipe How-To

 Dive into the flavors of the sea with this Arroz de Marisco recipe.
Dive into the flavors of the sea with this Arroz de Marisco recipe.

Step 1: Preparing the Ingredients

Before starting to cook, make sure all ingredients are prepared and ready to use. Chop 2 garlic cloves and 1 onion finely. Rinse 1/2 lbs of clams, 1/2 lbs of shrimp and 1/2 lbs of mussels in cold water. Chop 2 tbsp of parsley and set aside. Open one can of ripe tomatoes (14 oz) and drain well.

Step 2: Cooking Time

Pour 4 tbsp of olive oil into a medium heat pan and add the chopped garlic, stirring for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Incorporate the chopped onion and cook until translucent.

Then, add the fresh seafood mix: the shrimp, clams, and mussels into the pan. Let them cook for 4-5 minutes until they start to release some liquid.

Add 1/2 cup of dry white wine to deglaze the pan. Let it boil for a few minutes over high heat until the alcohol evaporates.

Next, add the ripe tomatoes along with their juice and cut them into small pieces while cooking. Let this mixture reduce over medium heat for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Adding Broth

Once the tomato mixture has reduced, add in 2 cups of vegetable broth mixed with 2 cups of water to create a flavorful broth for cooking the rice.

When it comes to a boil again, add in 2 cups of long grain rice Arroz De Marisco recipe calls for. Lower the heat to low-medium level and simmer with a tightly covered lid on top.

Keep an eye on it as it cooks! It might take around 20 minutes or up to half an hour depending on your rice cooker- be sure not overcook it so that it’s perfectly al dente!

Step 4: Add Salsa Verde and Parsley

As soon as the rice is done cooking, remove it from the heat and add 2 tbsp of salsa verde mixed with chopped parsley, and give it a good stir.

And there you have it! A flavorful pot of Portuguese seafood classic the Arroz de Marisco ready for everyone to take a dive in!

Substitutions and Variations

 Bring the taste of Portugal into your kitchen with this seafood rice dish.
Bring the taste of Portugal into your kitchen with this seafood rice dish.

Now, for those of you who like to switch up your ingredients or have dietary restrictions, don’t fret! There are a few substitutions and variations you can try out with this Arroz de Marisco recipe without compromising on flavor.

For a vegetarian version of this dish, simply skip the seafood and replace the vegetable broth with water. You can also add more vegetables like diced bell peppers, zucchinis or peas for added color and flavor.

If you’re not a fan of rice, you can swap it for quinoa or couscous to create a unique and wholesome twist on the classic Portuguese seafood rice. Both grains absorb flavor well and would complement the dish nicely.

Now if you’re looking to go all-out on the seafood, feel free to use scallops or squid in addition to clams, shrimp, and mussels. These additional mollusks will add some variety to the texture and bring in some new flavors to this already delicious dish.

As for spices, I recommend using smoked paprika or saffron instead of standard paprika for a smokier taste or exotic aroma. You can also toss in some chopped parsley or cilantro right before serving to give your dish a pop of green color and fresh flavor.

But don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors – this dish is versatile and allows for creative additions based on preference. Who knows? You may discover a new favorite variation that becomes your signature Arroz de Marisco recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Savor the aromatic blend of seafood and spices in every spoonful.
Savor the aromatic blend of seafood and spices in every spoonful.

Now that you’ve put all the effort into making this delicious Arroz de Marisco recipe, it’s time to serve it up and pair it with some complementary flavors! This seafood rice dish is packed with complex flavors, so you want to make sure your pairing doesn’t get lost.

I recommend pairing this classic Portuguese seafood dish with a crisp dry white wine, like a Vinho Verde. The acidity of the wine will cut through the richness of the seafood and complement the tangy flavors from the tomato-based salsa verde.

This Arroz de Marisco is also a hearty dish, perfect for sharing with family and friends. Serve it up in a colorful bowl, sprinkle some fresh parsley on top for an added touch of freshness.

If you’re looking to add a bit more texture to the meal, serve it alongside some crusty bread, which can also be used to soak up any remaining juices.

Whatever your pairing choice, this seafood classic will leave your taste buds satisfied and your belly full. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This Arroz de Marisco recipe is perfect for impressing your dinner guests.
This Arroz de Marisco recipe is perfect for impressing your dinner guests.

Alright my friends, let’s talk about the Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating of this delicious Arroz De Marisco recipe!

Here’s the deal: This dish can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer for later use. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container so that it doesn’t become dried out and bland.

When reheating, add a couple tablespoons of water or vegetable broth to prevent it from sticking to the pan. Reheat on medium-low heat until heated through.

Now, if you want to make it ahead of time, I’d recommend cooking the rice separately and just adding it in when you’re ready to serve. This way, the rice stays firm and doesn’t become mushy.

Also, if you have leftovers or want to meal prep, consider adding in some additional seafood (like shrimp or fish) or veggies (like peas or carrots) to give it a little extra boost for a more complete meal.

Remember my friends, this dish is best served fresh with some chopped parsley on top for a little extra flavor. But with these tips, you can still enjoy your Arroz De Marisco even on those busy days when you don’t have time to cook!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This one-pot wonder is perfect for busy weeknights when you crave a delicious seafood dish.
This one-pot wonder is perfect for busy weeknights when you crave a delicious seafood dish.

Cooking seafood can be a bit intimidating for some folks, but I’m here to tell you that with this recipe, you’ve got nothing to fear! Here are some tips for making the perfect Arroz de Marisco every time:

1. Don’t skimp on the broth – The broth is what gives the rice its flavor, so make sure you use a good quality vegetable stock and water combination. This will ensure that every grain of rice is packed with delicious flavor.

2. Use ripe tomatoes – The sweetness of ripe tomatoes will give your Arroz de Marisco recipe a nice balance of flavors with the saltiness of the seafood.

3. Be patient – Cooking rice takes time and patience, so don’t rush it. Keep an eye on it and stir it often to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

4. Don’t overdo it with the seafood – Use a variety of seafood ingredients, but don’t overdo it in one serving. You want each bite to be balanced and flavorful, not overwhelmed by one particular type of seafood.

5. Add parsley at the end – Fresh parsley adds a bright flavor and beautiful color to this dish when added at the end. Give a final stir before serving.

6. Season well – Seafood can be delicate in flavor, so don’t be afraid to season well with salt and pepper. Adjust according to taste.

7. Make it your own – Experiment with different types of seafood, or add your own twist using influences from Brazilian or American cuisine.

Following these tips will ensure that every scoop of your Arroz de Marisco is packed with flavor and perfectly cooked grains of rice mixed with seafood classic portuguese ingredients. Enjoy!


Now that you have all the details to cook a delicious and authentic Arroz de Marisco, I bet you have some questions in mind. Let me answer your questions and help you take your cooking skills to the next level. Here are some frequently asked questions about this mouth-watering Portuguese seafood rice.

What is the difference between paella and arroz de marisco?

Arroz de marisco is a savory rice dish from Portugal that is made with an assortment of seafood. It’s distinct from traditional paella, as it is not entirely reduced and tends to have a thicker, more stew-like consistency.

What is arroz de marisco made of?

This recipe is one of my top picks, a delightful seafood stew known as Arroz de Marisco, which features prawns, mussels, and clams, all cooked in a flavourful seafood broth.

What is Arroz Marisco in English?

The following recipe is for Arroz de Marisco, a Portuguese seafood rice dish.

What is Portugal’s version of paella?

Arroz de marisco is a Portuguese version of the famous Spanish paella. This dish, which hails from the same region as paella, is typically made with seafood but can also be prepared with chicken or pork.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Arroz De Marisco is a classic Portuguese seafood rice dish that is not only delicious but also easy to make. Using familiar ingredients such as clams, shrimp, mussels, garlic, onion, and rice, one can create an incredibly flavorful seafood rice dish that transports you to the shores of Portugal.

Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe is perfect for everyone. It’s versatile enough so that you can substitute seafood with whatever you have available or make a vegetarian version using vegetable broth.

So next time you’re in the mood for a taste of Portuguese cuisine, try your hand at making this Arroz De Marisco recipe. I guarantee that it will be an instant hit and become a go-to recipe for any portuguese feast or family gathering. Enjoy!

Arroz De Marisco

Arroz De Marisco Recipe

Arroz de marisco is a very well know recipe. There are many version of it. This is an easy and quite soupy one.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Portuguese/Seafood
Calories 644.2 kcal


  • 1 (450 g) canned tomatoes (chopped or fresh tomatoes)
  • 5 5 cups vegetable broth or 5 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salsa verde (optional)
  • 1 onion (large, chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 500 g seafood (1 pound, mixture of prawns, mussels, small calamari, crab)
  • 2 cups rice (as for risotto such as arborio, vialone..)
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 250 g fish fillets (1/2 pound in 1 inch cubes)
  • chili (optional)
  • pepper (optional)
  • salt
  • parsley (or cilantro to taste)


  • In a pot bring to boil water or broth and tomatoes, adjust salt to taste. Keep warm.
  • In another big pot fry onion and garlic with the oil until transparent.
  • Add salsa verde, shellfish, calamari and rice (keep mussels aside). Cook for further 2 minutes.
  • Add wine and hot tomatoes-mix.
  • Add fish cubes stir once.
  • Arrange mussels on it.
  • Let it cook for about 16-18 minutes but don’t overcook it.
  • During cooking if necessary add water and season with chili, salt and pepper.
  • It should be slightly “al dente” and still enough liquid.
  • Sprinkle with the parsley or cilantro and serve.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 426gCalories: 644.2kcalCarbohydrates: 86.2gProtein: 28.7gFat: 17.1gSaturated Fat: 2.8gCholesterol: 37.3mgSodium: 668.3mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4.2g
Keyword < 30 Mins, European, Mussels, One-Dish Meal, Portuguese, Spanish
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.