Southern California Cioppino


This popular dish originated around Monterey Bay, California. This version, created in San Diego, has a southwest flavor. Serve with large bibs, crab shell crackers, extra bowls for the shells, and finger bowls if you wish. Nice served in large, shallow bowls alongside crusty sourdough bread, a green salad, and chilled white wine. You can vary the seafood according to the catch of the day, yours or your market's.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
8 servings


  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 4 stalks celery, chopped, with leaves

  • 4 carrots, sliced

  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • ¼ cup chopped parsley

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 2 cups tomato juice

  • 2 (8 ounce) jars clam juice

  • ½ cup white wine

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

  • ¾ teaspoon chili powder

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 pound halibut steaks, cubed

  • 1 pound medium shrimp - peeled and deveined

  • 1 pound mussels, cleaned and debearded

  • 2 pounds clams in shell, scrubbed

  • 1 pound cooked crabmeat

  • 1 pound bay or sea scallops, rinsed and drained


  1. Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, and garlic, and cook 5 to 10 minutes. Add parsley, cilantro, tomatoes, tomato juice, clam juice, white wine, basil, oregano, thyme, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.

  2. Approximately 15 to 20 minutes before you are ready to serve the cioppino, stir in the fish, shrimp, mussels, clams, crab, and scallops. Continue to cook and stir approximately 5 minutes, or until the shrimp are pink and the clams and mussel shells have opened. Remove any unopened mussels or clams before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

476 Calories
11g Fat
37g Carbs
54g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 476
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 182mg 61%
Sodium 943mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 54g
Vitamin C 54mg 272%
Calcium 244mg 19%
Iron 10mg 54%
Potassium 2068mg 44%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.