Seafood Rice Casserole (Arroz de Marisco)

Seafood Rice Casserole (arroz De Marisco)

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Vickie Parks


Although a Portuguese dish, there is some Mediterranean influence in this dish in that it resembles Spanish Paella. This recipe was a natural by-product of the abundant seafood that's available year-round along the coast of Portugal. It's a perfect one-pot meal for anytime of the year. And the recipe lends itself quite easily to adjustments you wish to make to include whatever fresh seafood is available to you or to suit your particular seafood preferences.


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4 to 6
25 Min
30 Min


  • 1 small
    onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small
    red pepper, chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, finely chopped or minced
  • 1 whole
    fresh lobster, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 c
    vinho verde or white wine
  • 1/2 c
    tomatoes, crushed
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 4 c
    low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 c
    uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 1 pinch
  • 1 c
  • 1 lb
    uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb
  • 1 lb
    little neck clams, rinsed
  • 1 lb
    mussels, rinsed and cleaned
  • ·
    fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

How to Make Seafood Rice Casserole (Arroz de Marisco)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Sauté the onion, red peppers and garlic in a large deep heavy oven-proof skillet (or Cataplana pan) until translucent.
  3. Add the lobster pieces and brown for a few minutes.
  4. Add the wine, tomatoes, paprika, and salt, and cook for about 5 minutes until reduced.
  5. Add the broth and bring to a boil.
  6. Add the rice and saffron and stir while cooking for about 5 minutes over high heat.
  7. Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. Remove pan from the burner and stir in the peas.
  8. Arrange the shrimp, scallops, clams, and mussels so they're evenly submerged on top of the rice.
  9. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes or until the rice is tender and the seafood is thoroughly cooked.

    NOTE: You can add more broth if the rice is too dry, but the rice in this dish shouldn't be "soupy".
  10. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro, and serve immediately.

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About Seafood Rice Casserole (Arroz de Marisco)

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Portugese
Dietary Needs: Low Fat Low Sodium Low Carb
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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