Portuguese mussel, prawn and chorizo cataplana recipe

Adam Liaw
Portuguese mussel, prawn and chorizo cataplana.
Portuguese mussel, prawn and chorizo cataplana. Photo: William Meppem

A cataplana is a bit like a paella without the rice. But don't despair if you don't have a special pot from Portugal, a shallow casserole or lidded wok work perfectly well.


1 cup roasted capsicum

large pinch saffron, soaked in 1 tbsp water for at least 10 minutes

1 brown onion, coarsely chopped

2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

1 tbsp smoked paprika

salt and pepper, to season

¼ cup olive oil

2 chorizos, sliced

½ cup white wine

2 cups chicken stock

750g king prawns, peeled and deveined

1kg mussels, cleaned and de-bearded

finely chopped parsley

crusty bread, to serve


1. Using a stick blender, process the roasted capsicum, saffron and its soaking liquid, onion, garlic and paprika in a bowl or jug until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a shallow, lidded casserole dish over medium heat. Cook the capsicum mixture for about for 5-10 minutes until thickened, stirring frequently. Add the chorizo to the pan.

2. Cook for 3 minutes, then stir in the wine and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Add the stock and return to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the prawns, then add the mussels and stir until well combined. Cover with the lid and cook for 2 minutes or until prawns are just cooked and mussels have opened. Scatter the parsley over the top and serve with crusty bread.

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