When you feel like splurging a little, San Francisco's famous Cioppino is a great choice. This spicy fish and shellfish stew is a big red bowl of yummy, and when paired with a loaf of crusty sourdough bread, it's downright otherworldly.

Chef John
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine butter and olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat.

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  • Stir in onion and celery with a pinch of salt; cook until onion is soft and golden, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute.

  • Stir wine into onion mixture; increase heat to high and bring to a simmer.

  • Stir in tomato puree, water, bay leaf, oregano, red pepper flakes, and Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to low and simmer 35 minutes.

  • Increase heat to high and bring mixture to a boil. Stir in lemon and cod, return to simmer, about 2 minutes.

  • Stir in crab, shrimp, and mussels. Cover and simmer until all mussels are cooked and open, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir in fresh parsley and basil; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

431 calories; 12.1 g total fat; 187 mg cholesterol; 1059 mg sodium. 32 g carbohydrates; 41.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2012
I made the broth exactly as directed except I forgot the bay leaf. I added the seafood that is available in Baltimore in October..... little neck clams, snow crabs, grouper, mussels and bay scallops. It was very simple but very elegant and tasted like a high priced restaurant cioppino!!! The lemon is a must but a couple of slices goes a long way. I did add some chili oil in addition to the red pepper flakes to wake it up. I have made many cioppino recipes and this was my favorite by far! Crusty sourdough bread is required by law. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/20/2012
too sweet & citrus-y for my taste. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2012
I made the broth exactly as directed except I forgot the bay leaf. I added the seafood that is available in Baltimore in October..... little neck clams, snow crabs, grouper, mussels and bay scallops. It was very simple but very elegant and tasted like a high priced restaurant cioppino!!! The lemon is a must but a couple of slices goes a long way. I did add some chili oil in addition to the red pepper flakes to wake it up. I have made many cioppino recipes and this was my favorite by far! Crusty sourdough bread is required by law. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2015
This is one of the best recipes here on AR. Chef John, you hit the nail on the head with this one. I followed the recipe exactly beside cutting the recipe in 1/2 for the 2 of us. I used about 1 1/4 lbs of fresh shrimp, 1 large claw of large snow crab, 1/2 lb mussels, and 1/2 lb cod filet, all fresh from Joe Patti's here in Pensacola, FL. We didn't care for the cod fish so when I make it again I'll leave that out and use all mussels, shrimp and crab. It's not cheap but it's truly a treat to be savored more than once in a lifetime. I had this back when I was a teenager and loved it then but just never seemed to have the nerve to make it myself. I am sooo very glad to have found this recipe. I had some fresh french bread for dipping in that lucious sauce. I can't wait to make it again. Thank you again Chef John for a wonderful recipe. *** 1/13/15 - I've made this many, many times since I've reviewed this and now I make the whole recipe of the sauce and 1/2 it and that goes in the freezer. I also don't use any lemon as we don't like hot lemon in anything, but the rest of the recipe is spot on! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2012
This may be the single best recipe on Allrecipes.com. It is flawless in its simplicity and as natural in its ingredients as any on this site. The recipe is easily adaptable to your personal taste or to moderate variation of ingredients. I served it in a bowl with a variety of warmed breads and Irish butter. On the side I served Spicy Eggplant over seasoned white rice. The scent of the garlic and Chardonnay rich Cioppino filled the house and I prepped my guests with Starry Night Zinfandel and butter crackers with lobster, red caviar and garnishes. This is a wonderful recipe for a husband-wife or couple to prepare together. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2014
It was tough to make a recipe and stick to it but I only made very small changes to this one. Instead of water I used chicken broth but only because I needed to use it before it went bad. I also skipped the Dungeness crab as I wasn't sure how to clean it and wanted to keep things simpler for myself. That being said this recipe was awesome. Very flavorful and perfect with the fresh baked bread I served it with. I'm fairly sure that the person who said it was too sweet must have used a sweet wine (like a moscato or white Zinfandel) as mine wasn't sweet at all. I used the same Sauvignon blanc that I drink regularly and it turned out great. Not sweet at all. I couldn't find tomato purée at my grocery store so I bought the tomato sauce that that didn't have any other ingredients than tomato purée and water. Be careful though. Most tomato sauces had all kinds of extra seasoning added. Read the labels! This was my first time working with live mussels. Make sure you clean the outside of the shells and the easiest way to de-beard them is to use a paring knife to pull the beard against your finger and up out of the shell. Also if you have any mussels in your bunch that are open and won't close back up that probably means the mussel is dead and you want to discard it. My only regret was that I didn't make a seafood stock from the shrimp I peeled (I bought large shell-on deveined shrimp) to add in place of the chicken stock I used out of necessity. Very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2014
CHEF JOHN IS MY MUSE! MY HUSBAND LOVED THIS! THANK YOU FOR SHARING! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2014
This is another great recipe by Chef John. I have tried other Ciopinno recipes and this is my favourite. Love the lemon and chile peppers! Will make this for my next dinner party! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2013
I've been wanting to make this forever and was waiting for a special occasion; the ingredients are on the expensive side. Everyone at the party LOVED it!! This tastes even better the next day! The only change I made to the recipe was replacing the crab with bay scallops since I didn't want anyone to have to deal with the crab shells. Seriously people I'm new to cooking and Chef John makes me look like a champ!! Mahalo Chef John!!!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/20/2012
too sweet & citrus-y for my taste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/20/2014
Great recipe. Had unexpected dinner guest and a leftover crab so made this. Everyone loved it and it was easy to make. Added a pinch more spices. Didn't have cod so used salmon. Decreased amount of mussels and shrimp and added octopus and clams. Read More
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