San Francisco Style Cioppino – Italian Seafood Stew

Rating: 5.00
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By Dave
December 4, 2021
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If you like seafood, you will love this dish. Cioppino is an Italian seafood stew. The seasoning is simple and the choices for the seafood are many.

San Franciso Style Cioppino

Let me begin by saying that this is an excellent cioppino seafood stew that is incredibly easy to make in under one hour. The recipe below is an adaptation of a recipe by Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network. I modified the spices and seafood selection for my personal preference, but the complex underlying flavors of the rich broth are all Giada’s. Thanks Giada, this dish was a huge hit in my house.

Cioppino

Build the Cioppino Base

Begin by heating the oil in a Dutch oven medium heat. Add the sliced fennel, onion shallots and salt. Sauté until the onion and fennel softens, about 10 minutes.

Sauté the Vegetables in a Dutch Oven
Sauté the Vegetables in a Dutch Oven

Then add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for an additional two minutes. Finally, add the tomato paste, stir well, then add the canned tomatoes (and juice), wine, seafood stock and bay leaf. Stir it well, cover it and simmer for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

Add the Tomatoes
Add the Tomatoes

Add the Seafood

The great thing about cioppino is that you can use pretty much any seafood that you like. I prefer to have a selection that includes at least one type of firm fish, some shellfish like littleneck clams, and shrimp. Buy what looks fresh.

Fish, Shrimp and Clams for the Cioppino
Fish, Shrimp and Clams for the Cioppino

After 30 minutes, add whatever hard shell seafood you are using. In this recipe that was clams and crab claws. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Next, add the soft seafood, like shrimp and fish, and simmer until the shrimp and fish are just cooked through, about five minutes. Be very careful stirring after the fish is added. The fish in delicate and will break apart.

Add the Fish to the Cioppino Base
Add the Fish to the Cioppino Base

Be sure to remove and discard any shellfish (e.g. clams) that did not open. Adjust seasonings as needed and serve. Like I said, this is incredibly easy to make. Enjoy!

Cioppino

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Watch How to Make San Francisco Style Cioppino on YouTube

Cioppino

San Franciso Style Cioppino

5 from 1 vote
If you like seafood, you will love this dish. Cioppino is an Italian seafood stew. The seasoning is simple and the choices for the seafood are many. This is an adaptation of a recipe by Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network. I modified the spices and seafood selection for my personal preference, but the complex underlying flavors of the rich broth are all Giada's. Thanks Giada, this dish was a hit in my house.
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 fennel bulb thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow onion medium, chopped
  • 3 shallots large, diced
  • 2 tsp kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 5 cloves garlic diced
  • 3/4 tsp red pepper flakes crushed
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 28 oz tomatoes diced in juice
  • 12 oz white wine dry
  • 5 cup seafood stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lb Manilla clams scrubbed
  • 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb Red snapper cut into 1" pieces
  • 4 crab claws

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the sliced fennel, onion shallots and salt. Sauté until the onion softens, about 10 minutes.
    Sauté the Vegetables in a Dutch Oven
  • Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for an additional 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir well.
    Add Garlic & Tomato Paste to the Softened Vegetables
  • Add the canned tomatoes (and juice), wine, seafood stock and bay leaf. Stir to combine. Cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
    Add the Tomatoes
  • Add the clams and crab claws, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the shrimp and fish then simmer until the shrimp and fish are just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Be careful stirring after the fish is added. The fish in delicate and will break apart.
    Add the Fish to the Cioppino Base
  • Remove and discard any clams that did not open. Adjust seasonings as needed and serve.
    Cioppino

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Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 12ozCalories: 556kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 60gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 234mgSodium: 2623mgPotassium: 2190mgFiber: 8gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 1133IUVitamin C: 37mgCalcium: 309mgIron: 6mg
Calories: 556kcal
Cost: $24
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: Cioppino

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