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Easy Cioppino Fish Stew

Posted by on Aug. 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM
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Easy Cioppino Fish StewCioppino is a fish stew originating in San Francisco, with its roots in Portuguese and Italian seafood stews. It’s considered by most to be an Italian-American dish. My husband loves ordering this when we eat out, so I decided to come up with an easy way to make this at home using frozen seafood.

I found big bags of frozen seafood mix at my local discount warehouse store at a fairly reasonable price. In addition, I bought frozen, shell off shrimp and tilapia there, too. (If you don’t shop at warehouse stores, you should be able to find similar frozen seafood at your grocery store.)

Cioppino Fish Stew can easily be made on the weekend when you have a more to cook than usual, but don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen. Try doubling a batch and freezing it for later. Also, the leftover cioppino heats up well in the microwave. Just don't over reheat it or the seafood will end up rubbery.

Serve this with some crusty Italian bread and a nice side salad

Easy Cioppino Fish Stew

Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 large shallots, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 1/2 cups dry white wine
  • 2 1/3 cups chicken stock
  • 3 (8 ounce) bottles clam juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 pounds frozen seafood mix
  • 1 pound frozen, shell off shrimp
  • 1 pound uncooked large shrimp, shell off
  • 1 1/2 pounds white, firm-fleshed fish fillets, cut into 2-inch chunks

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the fennel, onion, shallots, and salt and sauté for 10 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes, and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste, tomatoes with their juices, wine, chicken stock, clam juice, and bay leaf.
  5. Cover and bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for another 30 minutes.
  6. Add the frozen seafood mix to the pot. Cover and cook until the seafood is cooked through, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Add the shrimp and fish. Simmer gently until the fish and shrimp are just cooked through, about 5 minutes
  8. Season the soup to taste with more salt and red pepper flakes, if needed.
  9. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.

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by on Aug. 25, 2014 at 8:00 AM
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momofsixangels
by Silver Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM

No not really.My dh grills it once in awhile. I hate fish but love fishing

ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I don't eat fish but Dh does. May have to try this for him.

ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I will only have a tiny bit of lobster on New Yrs.

ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I've tried it a few times recently and I just can't eat it.  It's all way too fishy.

chicken13
by on Aug. 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM

wow.  this isn't going to happen.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Aug. 25, 2014 at 10:58 AM

mmm...looks good until I got to the seafood. I'm not a fan of shellfish at all.

We eat fish at least once a week, usually for lunches.  DH hates fish so we don't have it very often for dinners.

la_bella_vita
by Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

I don't know if I would like this....lol

harmony7
by Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM

 We serve fish one to two times a week. My husband is able to catch white and stripe bass in the river close to our home. He also heads to the gulf to deep sea fish several times a year.

Pam in Alabama
A Mom to nine sons and one daughter with five still at home
celestegood
by Bronze Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM
I and my oldest are the only ones who eat seafood. So this wouldn't happen.
Looks good though.
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Alieda
by Silver Member on Aug. 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM
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