Fish Soup with Mussels and Clams

This is a dish that is a bit spendy, so make it on special occasions. It is a wonderfully hearty yet low-cal and light soup that I find delectable! This is a seafood-lovers delight!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
8 servings


  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup butter, or as needed

  • 3 stalks celery, diced

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 8 cups chicken broth

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • teaspoon saffron

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 pounds whiting (merluzzo), chopped into small chunks

  • 12 mussels, in shells and cleaned

  • 12 clams in shell, scrubbed


  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add celery and onion and cook about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes with juices and garlic. Simmer for 10 minutes.

  2. Add chicken broth, water, and white wine to the pot with the vegetables and bring to a boil, about 5 minutes. Add parsley and saffron, and season with salt and pepper. Simmer broth 15 minutes more. Add fish to the soup.

  3. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil, about 5 minutes. Add mussels and clams, cover, and steam until shells open, 5 to 10 minutes.

  4. Transfer steamed mussels and clams and the steaming liquid to the pot with the soup. Simmer soup 10 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

Since whiting is primarily an east coast fish, it might be difficult to find. If you cannot find it, substitute the whiting with cod.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

333 Calories
16g Fat
9g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 333
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 1447mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 17mg 84%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 748mg 16%

* 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.