Rating: 4.69 stars
87 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 67
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0

This stew brings back childhood memories of Northern California and new buckets brimming with crab and baskets of sourdough bread. Rich, red, and very messy, it is now a New Years tradition at my house. Serve in large bowls with sourdough bread on the side. Never any leftovers!

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Heat olive oil in a very large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until soft, stirring frequently. Pour in tomatoes and white wine, then season with parsley, basil, salt, pepper and the bay leaf. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until liquid is reduced almost completely, about 1 hour.

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  • Add clams, scallops, clams, crab legs and shrimp to the pot. Cover, and cook over medium heat until clams open. Scoop portions into large bowls to serve.

Nutrition Facts

309 calories; protein 43.4g; carbohydrates 12.7g; fat 6.1g; cholesterol 170mg; sodium 1342.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (63)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2004
Excellent stew.....I added green pepper and didn't cook it down completely so had broth which my family loved. Very tasty and a good way to serve seafood. Definitely a keeper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/20/2010
I liked this dish my girlfriend not so much. Came out bland and fishy; it is quite possible that it's my fault. Read More
(4)
87 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 67
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
Excellent stew.....I added green pepper and didn't cook it down completely so had broth which my family loved. Very tasty and a good way to serve seafood. Definitely a keeper. Read More
(57)
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2007
AWESOME Usually I follow recipes exactly so that I know if I messed up or it's just a lame recipe. Well, this recipe is so savory and delicious I didn't want to change a thing, until yesterday...I was near Bodega Bay on a motorcycle ride and stopped in Stinson Beach and picked up some fresh mussels which I used instead of the scallops and it was unbelievably awesome. Read More
(55)
Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2005
My son and husband loved this. I thought it was a little too salty. We served this over angel hair pasta to make more servings. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2007
I've never made cioppino before and simply based on the reviews I took the leap and served it for a Christmas party and it was a hit! I didn't put any crab (because we were having crab on the side) but added more shrimp and it still came out great. Read More
(31)
Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2006
This recipe was AWESOME! I used only 1/2 the salt because I don't like a lot of salt - otherwise made as written. Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2008
It's very easy to make and taste great. I also added half can of chicken brooth for taste. Definitely use fresh uncooked dungeness crab if you can find them in your local market. I steamed the crab before putting it with the tomato sauce. There will be some excellent and flavorful juice from the steamed crab that you can add to the tomato sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2004
This was really good. Be sure to have plenty of sourdough bread for dippin. We used little neck clams and dungeness crab. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2004
My husband actually made this for my parents and were they impressed couldn't get enough of the sauce absolutely wonderful.. I think any type of shellfish would work.. Lots of basil gives it a zip!! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2006
Great recipe!!!! All my guest raved about it. Sent some to my neighbor who is a great cook and he said it was the best he ever had. Read More
(23)
Rating: 2 stars
01/20/2010
I liked this dish my girlfriend not so much. Came out bland and fishy; it is quite possible that it's my fault. Read More
(4)