Chef John's Cioppino


When you feel like splurging a little, San Francisco's famous cioppino is a great choice. This cioppino recipe, a 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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 stalk celery, diced

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cups white wine

  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomato puree

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 5 thin lemon slices

  • 12 ounces cod, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 Dungeness crab, cleaned, cooked, and cracked

  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1 pound mussels, cleaned and debearded

  • ½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (Optional)

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


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

  2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

431 Calories
12g Fat
32g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 431
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 187mg 62%
Sodium 1059mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 106mg 530%
Calcium 180mg 14%
Iron 9mg 49%
Potassium 1538mg 33%

* 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.

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