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How To Make Seafood Kare-kare

Seafood Kare Kare
Seafood Peanut and Vegetable Stew

There many varieties of Kare kare, it’s often made with oxtail or beef chunks; this dish is my take on kare kare. When I host supper clubs there are guests who doesn’t eat meat and would request either a vegetarian or pescetarian version. It became a popular dish amongst my guests and it really is one of my signature dishes. 

Seafood Peanut and Vegetable Stew

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  • 250g King prawns
  • 300g Mussels
  • 150g Squid, cut into rings
  • 100g fermented shrimps
  • 200g Unsweetened peanut butter (smooth)
  • 1 litre fish stock
  • 1 litre water
  • 2 whole Aubergine, cut into rings
  • 1 packet achoite powder
  • 1 large Onion
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic
  • Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Fermented shrimp paste to complement the dish
  • For thickening
  • ¼ cup corn flour
  • ½ cup water



In a large pot, sauté onions, garlic and achoite powder for 5 minutes on medium heat 



Turn the heat up add water and fish stock, bring it to boil then turn the heat down to medium



Add the peanut butter and the aubergine and mushrooms put the cover and leave it to simmer 
for 15 minutes


Take the cover off, add prawns, mussels, squid and green beans. Stir them well and put the cover back simmering for another 15 minutes


Season with salt and pepper mixing well. Add more salt to taste



To thicken the sauce, add the corn flour to the water and mix until combined 



Slowly add the mixture to the stew, keep stirring at all time to avoid lumps until the stew is thickened


Turn the heat off and transfer the stew in a large bowl, served with white rice and fermented shrimps to complement the dish.


*I use Whole Earth Smooth Peanut Butter as it has no sugar which is great! It's the easy way but if you have time you can get some unsalted peanuts, grind them and roast it until brown. You can add it the same as you would using peanut butter. *Achoite or Annato powder is available in China town or Filopino grocery shops near you. *Fermented shrimp paste is important when serving kare-kare it complements the dish and enhances the taste of the dish.

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