Delicious Arroz Con Mariscos Recipe: A Must-Try Dish!

Have you ever tasted the flavors of Portugal in a single dish? That’s exactly what you’ll experience with this Portuguese arroz con mariscos, also known as seafood rice. This traditional dish is one of the most popular and sought-after meals in Portugal, especially along the coasts.

I’m excited to share this recipe with you because it’s not only incredibly delicious, but it’s also easy to prepare. All you need are some fresh ingredients and basic cooking skills to make a meal that will transport your taste buds to the seaside of Portugal.

As a chef specializing in both Brazilian and American cuisine, I have a great appreciation for dishes that showcase a country’s unique flavors and traditions. That’s why I’m excited to share with you this classic Portuguese dish that has been enjoyed for generations.

Trust me, once you try this arroz con mariscos recipe, it’ll become a staple in your dinner rotation. So let’s get cooking and invite some friends over for a delicious Portuguese feast!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Portuguese Arroz Con Mariscos-Seafood and Rice
Portuguese Arroz Con Mariscos-Seafood and Rice

Are you a seafood lover looking for a delicious and filling meal that will satisfy your cravings? Look no further than this Portuguese Arroz Con Mariscos recipe. Here’s why you’ll love this recipe:

First, the combination of short-grain rice and flavorful seafood is simply unbeatable. The rice soaks up all the delicious juices from the seafood mix, creating a hearty and satisfying dish full of rich flavor.

Second, this recipe has a unique blend of ingredients – it combines tomato sauce, green bell peppers, yellow onion, olive oil, cider vinegar, garlic cloves, and black pepper to create a complex layering of flavors that will dance on your taste buds.

Third, this recipe is versatile – it works as a standalone dish or as the perfect side to any meal. Whether you’re looking for a filling lunch or side dish for dinner, Arroz Con Mariscos is an excellent choice.

Finally, this recipe is easy to make. All you need to do is cook the rice and seafood together with some beer and water until everything is soft and fully cooked. It’s perfect for those who want to impress guests at their next portuguese feast or simply whip up something special for themselves.

Don’t just take my word for it – try out this delicious Portuguese Seafood Rice recipe today and see why it’s rapidly becoming one of the most beloved seafood dishes around!

Ingredient List

 Savor the flavors of the ocean with this delicious Arroz Con Mariscos
Savor the flavors of the ocean with this delicious Arroz Con Mariscos

Let’s explore the ingredients you need to showcase a delicious Portuguese Arroz Con Mariscos recipe that will make your taste buds dance.


  • 2 cups of short-grain rice, also known as Arroz de Marisco
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 can (8 fl oz) of tomato sauce
  • 6 cups of broth. Cooking water is also acceptable, but I prefer to use vegetable stock for this recipe.
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of cider vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Seafood mix (shrimp, squid, mussels, and any other seafood you like)

The Recipe How-To

 Creamy, flavorful, and oh-so-satisfying
Creamy, flavorful, and oh-so-satisfying

Preparing the Seafood

  1. In a large bowl, add the seafood mix and season with salt and black pepper according to your taste preference.
  2. In a deep pan over medium heat, add olive oil and sauté 2 garlic cloves until fragrant.
  3. Add the seasoned seafood mixture to the pan, stir and cook for approximately 5 minutes until they are cooked through. Set it aside.

Cooking the Rice

  1. In a big pot of salted boiling water, cook 2 cups of short-grain rice (Arroz de) according to the package instructions.
  2. Once the rice is cooked, drain it and rinse it under cold running water. Set aside.

Preparing the Sauce

  1. In another deep pan over medium heat, add olive oil and sauté finely chopped 1 yellow onion until translucent.
  2. Add finely chopped 2 green bell peppers, sauté for about 2 minutes.
  3. Next, add in 2 garlic cloves peeled and chopped, sauté for another minute.
  4. Stir in 3/4 cup beer, let it reduce for about 3 minutes before adding in a can of tomato sauce (8fl oz).
  5. Add in the cooked seafood mixture back into the saucepan, stir in with vegetable broth or seafood broth cooking for around 5-8 minutes.

Combining Everything Together

11.Prep up a casserole dish, pour in half portion of cooked rice.Then, spoon around 1/3 portion of marisco seafood mixture over the rice.Top with another layer consisting of half portion of cooked rice again.
12.Repeat step 11 until all ingredients poured accordingly.
13.Place the casserole dish on low to medium heat and cook uncovered for around 15-20 minutes, checking and stirring it occasionally.
14.Remove from heat and serve hot with a slice of lemon on top.

Substitutions and Variations

 Golden rice mixed with tender shrimp, calamari, and mussels
Golden rice mixed with tender shrimp, calamari, and mussels

If you’re feeling a little adventurous and want to make some changes to the original recipe, there are several substitutions and variations you can try.

For starters, if you’re not a fan of seafood, you can always substitute it with chicken or beef. This will give your dish an even richer and heartier flavor. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, simply remove the seafood altogether and substitute it with vegetables like mushrooms or roasted eggplants.

When it comes to the rice, medium grain rice can be used instead of short-grain rice. But keep in mind that the texture and taste may differ slightly from the original recipe.

If you don’t have tomato sauce on hand, you can also use canned tomatoes or fresh tomatoes that have been pureed in a blender. Alternatively, try substituting it for a spicy salsa or hot sauce for added heat.

Green peppers can be used instead of green bell peppers if desired. And if you prefer a sweeter flavor, you can use red bell peppers instead.

Finally, if you want to add more depth of flavor to your dish, try adding in some smoked paprika or saffron threads. These spices are commonly used in Portuguese cuisine and will give your dish that extra kick it needs.

Remember, cooking is all about creativity so don’t be afraid to experiment and make your own variations of this delicious Portuguese Arroz con Mariscos-Seafood and Rice Recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 A seafood lover's dream come true
A seafood lover’s dream come true

The Portuguese Arroz con Mariscos is a very versatile dish that can be served in different ways. For those who prefer a more traditional approach, this seafood rice can simply be added to a serving dish and enjoyed on its own.

However, if you’re looking for something extra special to impress guests at your next dinner party or gathering, there are several accompanying dishes that pair well with arroz con mariscos. One of the most popular options is to serve this delicious Portuguese feast with crusty bread, perfect for soaking up all the savory juices.

If you want to keep things light, serve it alongside a simple salad of fresh greens dressed in olive oil and cider vinegar. This will provide the perfect balance to the rich flavors of the Arroz con Mariscos.

For those who enjoy wine, a medium-bodied red wine like Pinot Noir or Carmenere pairs exceptionally well with the rich flavors of this seafood rice. Alternatively, if you prefer beer over wine, try pairing it with a bottle of light-bodied beer as part of your meal.

Overall, no matter how you choose to serve your Portuguese Arroz con Mariscos, one thing is certain: you’re in for a truly delicious and enjoyable dining experience!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get your taste buds ready for a culinary trip to Portugal
Get your taste buds ready for a culinary trip to Portugal

To make your life easier, you can prepare this dish in advance and store it to be served later. Keep in mind that seafood tends to get rubbery when overcooked or reheated, so it’s important to cool the dish down before refrigerating it if you want to reheat it later.

To store and reheat the seafood rice, simply let the food cool down completely, then cover it with cling wrap or aluminum foil and place it in an airtight container or a sealable bag. Store it in the fridge for up to three days.

When you’re ready to reheat the seafood rice, you have a few options. You can reheat it directly from the fridge using a zap in the microwave, but be careful not to overdo it – this method tends to dry out seafood dishes easily. Stirring in some extra broth while microwaving could help keep the mixture moist.

Alternatively, transfer the contents of the container into a pan and heat up over low-medium heat for 6-8 minutes until hot through. You can also use an oven at around 350°F (180°C), placing the rice into an oven-safe dish and reheating for 10-15 minutes until warm.

One thing to keep in mind when reheating is that once you’ve cooked everything initially, and then reheated it (once or twice), follow-through by reducing waste if more is left than needed.

With these tips, you’ll have delicious leftovers of your Portuguese arroz con mariscos- seafood and rice recipe without having to spend hours cooking each day!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Impress your guests with this hearty and exotic dish
Impress your guests with this hearty and exotic dish

As a chef who has cooked Portuguese cuisine for years, I have some tips to make your Portuguese Arroz Con Mariscos-Seafood and Rice Recipe shine. From using the right rice to picking the perfect seafood mix, these tips will help you create a delicious and authentic dish that will transport you to the coast of Portugal.

1. Choose the Right Rice

For this dish, it’s important to use short-grain rice that can absorb the flavors of the seafood and tomato sauce. Arroz de Marisco calls for Arborio or similar rices, which are perfect for absorbing broth/water while cooking. Don’t use long-grain rice as it doesn’t have enough starch content and it won’t stick together properly.

2. Use a Variety of Seafood

Portuguese seafood dishes like Arroz Con Mariscos are traditionally made with a mix of seafood, including shrimp, mussels, octopus, squid, and any other seafood that is locally available. Make sure you choose only fresh seafood products from trustworthy markets. Avoid thawed ones since because they might affect the flavors in the recipe.

3. Add a Dash of Vinegar

A little cider vinegar brings out the flavors in this dish balanced with olive oil. To ensure you get it right, keep on hand a good quality cider vinegar rather than white distilled vinegar.

4. Use Enough Salt and Black Pepper

Too much salt will ruin any recipe; however, make sure your dish has enough salt and black pepper to give it plenty of seasoning without being overwhelmed by them. The main ingredients in this recipe typically don’t carry strong seasonings so salt is really important to enhance their natural flavors.

5. Preparing your vegetables ahead helps save time

It’s important to take time when preparing your vegetables such as green bell peppers and onions by peeling or chopping them beforehand because this will save some crucial minutes during cooking time when every minute is precious. This also lets you have a more organized cooking process.

By following these tips, you’re sure to create an Arroz Con Mariscos that’s as close to the real thing as possible. Perfecting this recipe takes time, practice, and patience, but the end result is a delicious Portuguese seafood rice dish that will impress your guests, and transport them along the coast of Portugal.


As you prepare to make Portuguese Arroz Con Mariscos, the seafood and rice recipe, you may have some questions. Below are answers to some common questions that people ask about making this dish. By having more information, you can feel confident and comfortable as you create a delicious meal that is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. So, read on to learn everything you need to know about this savory seafood rice recipe!

What is arroz de marisco made of?

One dish that I absolutely adore is a seafood stew called Arroz de Marisco. This delectable stew is comprised of prawns, mussels, and clams, all slow-cooked to perfection and served with a rich seafood stock.

What is Portugal’s version of paella?

While Paella from Spain is a famous Mediterranean dish, the Portuguese counterpart is Arroz de Marisco, a similar dish hailing from the same region. This delicious dish is traditionally prepared with seafood, although alternatives such as chicken or pork can be used.

What is Arroz Marisco in English?

Learn how to prepare a delicious dish called Arroz de Marisco, a Portuguese seafood rice recipe.

What can I use instead of Carolino Rice?

In case carolino rice is not available, I suggest using basmati rice or any kind of long-grain rice as a substitute for this recipe.

Bottom Line

This Portuguese Arroz Con Mariscos recipe is undoubtedly one of the finest seafood rice dishes in the world. The unique blend of Portuguese and American flavors makes it a delicacy that anyone can enjoy.

With its versatility, you can cook it for a family dinner or for a grand celebration like a Portuguese feast along the coast of Portugal. In fact, this dish is as much a part of Portuguese culture as the ocean itself.

Using this recipe will bring out the amazing flavors of seafood and rice that will definitely make everyone’s taste buds explode. Try it for yourself and discover why this dish has become one of the world’s most famous seafood dishes.

So what are you waiting for? Go to your kitchen, gather all these recipe ingredients, and start cooking this delicious Portuguese Arroz Con Mariscos – Seafood and Rice Recipe now. You won’t regret it!

Portuguese Arroz Con Mariscos-Seafood and Rice

Portuguese Arroz Con Mariscos-Seafood and Rice Recipe

A delicious Portuguese one dish meal. This is a very popular dish in Portugal. Note: buying a bag of frozen seafood will work with this.
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Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Portuguese
Calories 371.7 kcal


  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 beer, bottles of
  • 3 cups short-grain rice
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs mixed frozen seafood (shrimp, squid, crab, fish)


  • in a large pot mix seafood with enough beer to cover.
  • cook the seafood over medium heat for about 5 minutes or just enough so the seafood can warm up in the beer.
  • remove the mixture from the pot and let it sit in the beer.
  • dice the onions, garlic and green pepper.
  • heat the olive oil and saute the onion, pepper and garlic until lightly browned.
  • add the tomato sauce, 1 bottle of beer and the seafood mix and continue cooking that for about 5 minutes over medium heat.
  • stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • reduce the heat to low, stir the mixture well, cover it and cook for 30 minutes. (do NOT stir) or until the liquid has evaporated.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 269gCalories: 371.7kcalCarbohydrates: 64.8gProtein: 5.7gFat: 9.5gSaturated Fat: 1.4gSodium: 1909.2mgFiber: 3.3gSugar: 2.6g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Brunch, European, One-Dish Meal, Portuguese
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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.