Coastal Delight Cioppino

Coastal Delight Cioppino is a hearty and flavorful seafood stew that brings the essence of the sea to your table. Originating from the Italian-American communities in San Francisco, this dish is a harmonious blend of fresh seafood, tomatoes, wine, and aromatic herbs. It’s a comforting and impressive dish perfect for special occasions or a delightful family meal.

### Serving:
1. **Plating:** Ladle the cioppino into large bowls, making sure to include a variety of seafood in each serving. The stew should be hearty and brimming with the bounty of the sea.
2. **Garnishing:** Garnish with additional fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten the flavors.
3. **Accompaniments:** Serve with crusty bread or garlic bread for soaking up the delicious broth. A side salad or a glass of crisp white wine pairs perfectly with this dish.


### Tips and Variations:
– **Seafood Options:** You can customize the cioppino with your favorite seafood. Scallops, squid, or lobster are excellent additions.
– **Spice Level:** Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to suit your spice preference.
– **Make-Ahead:** The broth can be made a day ahead and refrigerated, allowing the flavors to deepen. Just reheat and add the seafood before serving.


### The Experience:
Coastal Delight Cioppino is a sensory feast, starting with the inviting aroma of garlic, fennel, and tomatoes simmering together. The rich, tomato-based broth is infused with the briny sweetness of the seafood, creating a deeply flavorful and satisfying stew. Each spoonful offers a delightful combination of tender fish, plump shrimp, and succulent shellfish, all bathed in the savory, aromatic broth.

The fennel adds a unique depth, while the white wine and herbs bring a balance of acidity and freshness. The final touch of fresh parsley and lemon juice brightens the dish, enhancing the natural flavors of the seafood.

Perfect for a cozy dinner or a special occasion, Coastal Delight Cioppino is a dish that impresses with both its flavor and presentation. It’s a celebration of the sea, bringing together the best of coastal cuisine in a single, comforting bowl.



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups fish stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound mussels, cleaned
  • 1 pound clams, cleaned
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 pound firm white fish, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
Add onion, garlic, bell pepper, fennel, and red pepper flakes, sautéing until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
Pour in white wine and simmer until reduced by half, about 4 minutes.
Stir in crushed tomatoes, fish stock, bay leaf, oregano, and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add mussels, clams, shrimp, and fish to the pot. Cover and cook until all the seafood is cooked and shellfish have opened, about 10 minutes.
Discard any unopened shellfish. Stir in fresh parsley before serving.
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 40 minutes | Total Time: 60 minutes

Kcal: 310 kcal | Servings: 6 servings


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