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Traditional Chilean Seafood Pulmay Recipe

Chilean pulmay or Chilote pot curanto is a variation of the traditional pit curanto, prepared in a pot, covered with cabbage, and preserving its cooking juices, which are served separately accompanying the cooking of meats and seafood.

How to Make Chilote Seafood Pulmay?

Pulmay, like most recipes that use sea products, accepts various variations depending on the availability of products, always fresh and cooked in a pot.

Nutritional Information

Category: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 400
Preparation: 45 minutes
Cooking: 2 hours
Servings: 6 people

Chilean Homemade Pulmay Recipe


  • 800 g of firm white fish fillet
  • 750 ml of white wine
  • 500 g of clean mussels in their shells
  • 500 g of clean clams in their shells
  • 500 g of chopped sausages
  • 500 g of unpeeled shrimp
  • 6 pieces of chicken
  • 6 smoked pork chops
  • 6 medium potatoes with skin
  • 2 medium white cabbages
  • 1 whole unpeeled garlic head
  • Finely chopped parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. In a very large pot, pour half of the wine and add the garlic head cut in half, cook over medium heat until the wine starts to bubble.
  2. Add the mussels and clams on one side and at the bottom of the pot, on the other side add the chicken pieces with the skin down and season to taste.
  3. Distribute the chopped sausage and pork chops in the same layer, then add the potatoes in a new layer and finish with another layer of fish fillet and shrimp.
  4. Pour the other half of the white wine and cover all the ingredients with several layers of cabbage leaves. Seal the pot tightly and cook everything over very low heat for about 2 hours.
  5. Remove from heat and serve on a large platter, distributing the chicken, potatoes, fish, and seafood, and keep the hot cooking juice aside.
  6. Serve the pulmay immediately accompanied by the cooking juice in individual clay cups sprinkled with chopped parsley.

Benefits of consuming seafood

Seafood is an excellent source of high-quality protein, which is essential for muscle repair and growth, as well as overall body function.

Many types of seafood, such as salmon, mackerel, and trout, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats are known to support heart health, reduce inflammation, and improve brain function.

Did you know?

Occasionally, pulmay can be cooked in mesh bags that hold individual portions of the cooking to facilitate service, usually in preparations open to the public.

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