Cookbook:Cioppino (Italian Seafood Stew)

Cioppino (Italian Seafood Stew)
CategorySeafood recipes
Time1 hour

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Cioppino is a fish stew descended from the various regional fish soups and stews of Italian cooking. It was developed by the fishermen who settled in the North Beach section of San Francisco. Originally it was made on the boats while out at sea and later became a staple as Italian restaurants proliferated in the city. The name comes from the Italian ciuppin, a word which described the local fish stew in the regional dialect of the port city of Genoa.[1] It's customary to serve cioppino with San Francisco sourdough bread. However, any bread with a thick, chewy crust will do.

The below recipe is based on one by Giada De Laurentiis.[2] Be sure to review the tips for cooking with mussels.




  1. Heat the oil in a very large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the fennel, onion, shallots, and salt and sauté until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and sauté for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste.
  5. Add tomatoes with their juices, wine, water, crabs, celery and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a simmer.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
  7. Add the mussels to the cooking liquid. Cover and cook until the mussels begin to open.This should take about 5 minutes.
  8. Add the scallops and fish. Simmer gently until the fish and scallops are just cooked through and all the mussels are completely open, gently stirring occasionally. This should take about another 10 minutes.
  9. Check the soup for closed mussels and throw them out. Remove the bay leaf.
  10. Season the soup to taste with more salt and red pepper flakes.