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A delicious fish stew brimming with plenty of fresh seafood. Serve with warm, crusty bread to soak up the flavorful broth.

Classic Cioppino

  • Prep Time: Less than 60 Minutes
  • Cook Time: Less than 60 Minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Serving Size: Serves 8
  • Course: Entrée
Ingredient Description:
1 1/2 lbs. mussels
1 lb. diver or sea scallops
1 lb. shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 1/2 lbs. halibut, skin removed
1 lb. calamari, cut into 1-in. pieces
2 Tbsp. olive oil
4 oz. bacon or pancetta, diced
1 1/2 c. yellow onion, chopped
1 1/2 c. celery, cut into 1/2-in. pieces
1 fennel bulb, cut into 1/2-in. pieces
1 yellow pepper, cut into 3/4-in. pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 small bay leaves
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. dry white wine
1 1/2 c. fish or chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth
2 28-oz. cans whole plum tomatoes, drained and lightly crushed
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 c. parsley, coarsely chopped

  1. Rinse the mussels in running cold water; remove any remaining beards.  Discard any mussels that remain open after handling.  Clean the scallops.
  2. Place the shrimp in a bowl of ice water.  Rinse and drain the halibut then cut into 1-in. chunks.  Rinse and drain the calamari pieces.  Return all of the fish to the refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. In an 8-qt. Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the bacon and cook until crispy.  Remove the bacon and set aside.  Remove all but 3 Tbsp. of fat from the pan.
  4. Add the onions, celery and fennel and sauté for 2 - 3 minutes.
  5. Add the yellow peppers, garlic, salt, pepper and bay leaves and continue to sauté until all the vegetables are tender.
  6. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add the wine and stock and bring to a boil, stirring often.
  8. Add the tomatoes then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  9. Gently mix the halibut, scallops, calamari and shrimp into the stew.  Cover pan and cook for 5 - 6 minutes.
  10. Add the mussels; cook covered for an additional 3 - 4 minutes or until the mussels have opened.  (Remove and discard any mussels that have not opened.)
  11. Season the stew to taste with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle the lemon juice into the pan and stir in the parsley.
  12. Serve immediately, accompanied by plenty of crusty bread for dipping.