If you love stew and love seafood, then you’ve got to try my Cioppino recipe. I’ve been using this recipe for many years and my family really enjoys it!
From my research online, cioppino was created in the late 1800s by Italian immigrants who lived in San Francisco. When fishermen came back from sea empty handed, they would walk around the docks with a pot asking other fishermen to chip in whatever seafood they could. Whatever they received that day became their Cioppino, so you can add whatever seafood you like. Cioppino later became a staple of Italian restaurants in San Francisco.
This recipe made enough for my family of five and we still had at least 2-3 bowl sized servings left over.
Again, you should use whatever types and amounts of seafood that you prefer. For example, mussels are often added to cioppino, but I personally don’t care for them, I prefer clams. I did add some mussels to the cioppino for the sake of this blog article. And, I’m not a huge fan of crab, but my wife and oldest daughter like them.
Warm up oil and butter in a large pot over medium heat, then add onions, garlic, bell pepper, celery and parsley. Cook bell pepper, onions and celery to your liking. I typically like to cook them until soft.
Add wine, mix and let simmer for a few minutes.
Add tomatoes and tomato liquid, clam juice, bay leaves, basil, oregano, thyme and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for about an hour.
Prepare the seafood.
Bring the sauce to a boil and stir the seafood into the sauce. If you’re using frozen cooked clams, frozen cooked crab and frozen fish, then once sauce is boiling you’ll need allow the fish to cook from 10-15 minutes. Then, after the fish is cooked you can serve the cioppino.
If you’re using fresh clams, fish and crab to your sauce, then you’ll want to cook accordingly. Below are some videos/articles I found for cooking fresh seafood:
Then ladle your cioppino into bowls and serve. Our family eats cioppino with toasted loaves of French garlic bread and melted butter for the crab. Enjoy!
Hope you’ve enjoyed my cioppino recipe! Below are some other recipes for you to try.