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A large bowl of cioppino with crab, shrimp and shellfish.

Cioppino Recipe

This cioppino is a seafood stew made with fish, crab, shrimp, clams and mussels, all simmered together in a tomato based broth. A fabulous dinner option that's easy enough to make on a busy weeknight, but elegant enough to serve to company.
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 374kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup yellow onion finely diced
  • 3/4 cup fennel bulb diced
  • 2 tablespoons shallot minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes preferably San Marzano brand
  • 4 cups seafood stock
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 pounds crab legs and bodies preferably Dungeness crab
  • 1 pound mussels scrubbed and debearded
  • 1 pound clams scrubbed
  • 1 pound firm fish such as halibut or cod, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 pound shrimp medium to large size
  • 1/2 pound sea scallops
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped
  • parsley sprigs and lemon wedges for serving optional


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and fennel and cook for 4-5 minutes or until softened.
  • Add the shallot, garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, white wine, seafood stock, salt, pepper and bay leaf to the pot, then bring to a simmer.
  • Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the crab, mussels and clams to the pot and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Add the fish, shrimp and scallops and cook for another 4 minutes or until seafood is opaque and cooked through, and mussels and clams have opened.
  • Discard any mussels and clams that do not open during the cooking process.
  • Add the butter to the pot and stir until melted. Sprinkle with parsley, then serve. Garnish with parsley and lemon if desired.



Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 224mg | Sodium: 825mg | Potassium: 938mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 634IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 6mg