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It’s been one week since I came back from the recent Japan trip, and I’ve been feeling extremely cold here in San Francisco after spending 6 weeks in hot and humid weather there.  My body isn’t completely adjusted yet and all I want for dinner is nice warm soup…

Then I remembered the Cioppino recipe that I made a while ago.  So today I am taking a break from summer recipes and will share this delicious seafood stew instead.  I hope my South Hemisphere readers are happy to see this nice warm dish in the midst of winter. :)

Cioppino | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

My family and friends really enjoy the easy French seafood stew, Bouillabaisse, and I had been wanting to try a really good seafood stew that originated in San Francisco called Cioppino.  Cioppino is an Italian-American dish, and traditionally made from the catch of the day including Dungeness crab, clams, mussels, shrimp, squid, scallops, and fish (read more here).

There are whole a lot of Cioppino recipes out there, but the recipe I used today is from the famous fish market in Moss Landing, Phil’s Fish Market & Eatery.  I haven’t had a chance to visit this restaurant yet in person, but from a little bit of research online Phil’s recipe seems pretty authentic and I wanted to give it a try.  I adapted the recipe a little by reducing the serving size and changing some ingredients.  I was afraid of including the whole Dungeness crab (Continuing the topic from my previous post about Mango Lassi Popsicle, I also became allergic to crab in my early 20′s…so sad!), so I only included a little bit of crab meat instead.

Don’t get intimidated by the long list of ingredients because the process is fairly simple.  It’s really worth it at the end!  I hope you enjoy this really flavorful seafood stew. I’d definitely need a big bowl right now… so cold!

Cioppino | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

While I was researching for cioppino recipe, I found this video of  Throwdown with Bobby Flay at Phil’s Fish Market.  You’ve guessed it, they competed to see who can make the best Cioppino!

Cioppino Recipe
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Serves: Serves 4
For Cioppino
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ½ lb. Little Neck clams
  • ¼ lb. mussels, scrubbed
  • 2 quarts Cioppino Sauce, recipe follows
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 to 1 ½ pound Dungeness crab, cooked, cleaned and cracked (To save time I bought ¼ lb. cooked crab meat instead)
  • ¼ pound medium shrimp (shell-on if possible for more flavor)
  • ¼ lb. squid tubes, cut in rings
  • ½ lb. firm-fleshed white fish fillets (I used Pacific Cod), cut in 2-inch cubes
  • ⅛ lb bay scallops
For Cioppino Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ large or 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, halved, core removed, and thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped sweet basil
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice (16 ounce total)
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ Tbsp. brown sugar
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Crushed red pepper, to taste
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  1. First we make the Cioppino Sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and fennel bulbs and sauté until translucent.
  2. Add the garlic, bay leaves, parsley, basil and thyme, and cook, stirring, just to warm the garlic. Do not let it brown.
  3. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, clam juice, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, black and red peppers, and salt to taste.
  4. Bring to boil and skim off the scum and fat. Reduce heat to low-medium and simmer uncovered for about 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
  5. To make Cioppino, put the olive oil, butter, and garlic in a large pot over medium heat, and cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, but not brown.
  6. Add the wine and the clams, and cover. Turn the heat up to medium-high and steam until the clams start to open, about 3-5 minutes. Add the mussels, cover and steam until the just start to open, about 2 minutes.
  7. Now stir in some cioppino sauce, the Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer.
  8. Add the cracked crabs, if using, and the shrimp, and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  9. Add the fish, squid, scallops, and cooked crab meat.
  10. Gently stir in the rest of cioppino sauce and simmer until they are all just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Do not overcook.
  11. Serve in large bowls, shells included. Sprinkle with minced parsley. Serve with crusty French baguette. Enjoy!
Adapted from Phil’s Fish Market Cioppino recipe.

If you use clams and mussels, make sure to check if the shells are cracked or opened. Those that are just slightly open may still be fresh. To check, squeeze the shell shut. If they don’t stay closed, discard them.

To learn how to de-grit clams, click here.

I used 1.5 pound seafood medley (from Costco) which contains mussels, clams, shrimp, and bay scallops.

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  • Stephanie August 7, 2013, 7:09 pm

    Welcome back! This looks like a perfect dish for the cooler weather. =)

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover August 7, 2013, 7:13 pm

    No way I can cook up this dish, too many ingredients used, let me just drool at your yummy plate of Cioppino

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy August 7, 2013, 8:10 pm

    Its been a loong time since I came here. I dont know where to begin to end coz I have so much to catch up on your blog :) I loved your coffee icecream(my fav too) and mango lassi popsicles.
    I always enjoy warm cioppino at restaurants but never can only dream of making it at home – its looks like sooo many ingredients – even more than an indian recipe – lol

  • john@kitchenriffs August 7, 2013, 8:11 pm

    I haven’t made – or even eaten! – Cioppino for years. It’s such a great dish, though, and one I always love. I gotta make it again when the weather cools down a little. Sorry to hear you have a bit of a crab allergy, too. Anyway, very nice version of Cioppino – thanks.

  • A_Boleyn August 7, 2013, 8:15 pm

    Delicious looking bowl of seafood though I’d need to be having a large group of people sitting down to eat to warrant getting all the ingredients needed to really do it justice.

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You August 7, 2013, 8:23 pm

    It is to make one’s drool like crazy…I want a pig piece of bread to dip in it. Yum!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hotly Spiced August 7, 2013, 8:25 pm

    I’ve heard San Francisco doesn’t have much of a summer. Such a shame! Hard to believe you are wanting soups in what should be the hottest month of the year! xx

  • Randy Morin August 7, 2013, 8:29 pm

    Hi Nami, Hope you had a great time in Japan. I’m not sure I will make this….. very labor intensive with lots of ingredients. I just wanted to comment that Phil’s Fish Market has the absolute best cioppino. I hope you get an opportunity to visit Moss Landing and stop in for a bowlful sometime. Yummmmmm!

    • Nami August 8, 2013, 12:12 am

      Thank you Randy! It looks labor intensive (mostly grocery shopping to get all that seafood) but the process is pretty simple, just throw everything into the pot in order. :) And yes, I’d love to visit Phil’s Fish Market and try their Cioppino! Thank you for your comment! :)

  • Veronica Cervera August 7, 2013, 9:59 pm

    What an interesting and scrumptious recipe, Nami.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Eha August 7, 2013, 10:45 pm

    First: welcome back after your summer holiday :) !] This is one of my favourite seafood concoctions [call it soup, call it stew :) !] – both the sauce and the ingredients can be so adjusted to one’s taste!!! Clam stock not so easily available here, so may have to substitute with homemade fish stock: methinks that will work!! All my love and hope what we call ‘autumn’ and you call ‘fall’ will be happy!

    • Nami August 19, 2013, 1:25 am

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, Eha! I realized clam stock is hard to find in some places. I buy these from a gourmet grocery store too… Hope everyone can still try this recipe. Thanks again!

  • Des August 7, 2013, 10:48 pm

    I am so so sad for you that you’re allergic to crab!! I love a good cioppino and this looks divine. It will be cold here in Seattle soon enough, and we’ve got plenty of good seafood to give it a try with. :)

  • Lorely | Butter Love Affair August 8, 2013, 12:02 am

    This looks so good!!! I love seafood! can you eat this with pasta too?

  • Marta@What should I eat for breakfast today August 8, 2013, 12:45 am

    I know it :) But I didn’t know that it’s italian-american. I don’t make it often, as it’s not that easy and a bit expensive to get fresh sea food in Berlin, but when I do, I enjoy it. I’m sure you and your family enjoyed it too :)

  • Sissi August 8, 2013, 2:35 am

    I have never heard of cioppino, but it sounds and looks fantastic! I’m sure I would fall in love with the very first spoonful. Luckily you are not allergic to seafood (I would instantly choose mango allergy if I had a choice ;-) I know someone who has the same swelling reaction to squid!).

  • easyfoodsmith August 8, 2013, 2:36 am

    I am mostly not intimidated by a long list of recipes and this dish definitely doesn’t intimidate me either coz i love sea food and this dish will certainly find its way into my kitchen :-)

  • The Saffron Girl August 8, 2013, 3:36 am

    Welcome back Nami! It was fun following your trip on Instagram. This recipe looks and sounds delicious! A must try.. ;)

  • Rosa August 8, 2013, 3:43 am

    That dish looks delicious! A tasty stew.



  • MaryMoh August 8, 2013, 4:55 am

    Oooooh…..that looks really delicious. I suppose I can be a little naughty and add some chillies to spice it up :D Thanks for the lovely recipe. Hope you have fully adjusted back.

  • [email protected] August 8, 2013, 5:17 am

    Hi Nami! The Cioppino Sauce looks great, I bet I can veganize it easily without the use of worcestershire sauce! I wonder if that sauce will work on pasta, too? :)

  • Ramona August 8, 2013, 5:27 am

    I love watching Throwdown with Bobby Flay… especially when the competitor wins. :) This cioppino looks amazing…. you may be giving Phil some competition. :)

  • Orchidea August 8, 2013, 5:41 am

    You can eat this kind of stew in all the cities/town/villages that are on the Italian coast, of course the recipe can vary a bit and use different fish, seafood depending what the catch of the day is. We make this in my family too and I love it!
    Yours looks so good and really Italian! Nice the name of this dish has got in the U.S.

  • Jeanette August 8, 2013, 6:04 am

    My kids love Cioppino! I made it several summers ago and remember thinking the ingredient list was really long. But, it really doesn’t take that long and it’s well worth the effort. Can’t wait to try this recipe Nami.

  • Grubarazzi August 8, 2013, 6:19 am

    Welcome back from Japan! I have a few friends who live there and they have been complaining about the heat. But this cioppino would certainly warm you up. It looks absolutely perfect, and I learned something. I didn’t know it originated in San Francisco! Very cool. I’m going to PIN this and make it for my daddy when he’s visiting next week.

  • Mich Piece of Cake August 8, 2013, 7:44 am

    My mouth started watering when I saw the bowl of stew… I would love to mop up the sauce with freshly baked bread.

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen August 8, 2013, 8:25 am

    I have always wanted a good seafood stew recipe because I never quite got it right. Finally, I think I found it here. Bookmarked this to try soon. Thanks for sharing, Nami. Hope you feel better soon to get back to the regular routine.

  • Mr. & Mrs. P August 8, 2013, 8:38 am

    Nami this looks delicious!!! Love everything going on in this dish!

  • Maggie August 8, 2013, 8:50 am

    This recipe looks so delicious! Yes the length is intimidating but I do want to give it a try.
    I still remember there’s one time I had Cioppino during traveling in the US in winter. The soup was so great that it got my mouth watering every time I recall about it. Since this dish is really fancy, I never thought about cooking it at home, till now. Glad I came across your recipe today. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ash- foodfashionparty August 8, 2013, 9:16 am

    We love love Cioppinos, it’s the best. The place is so warms and inviting, can believe you have the recipe here…THANKS Nami. I might try making this soon.

  • Delishhh August 8, 2013, 9:18 am

    Nami – just one delicious dish after another. I am a huge fan of Cioppino this just looks so simple and easy. Have to try it out since i never made it my self. Hope you had a fabulous trip home and not freezing too much in SF :)

  • Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen August 8, 2013, 9:29 am

    Yum, Nami! We love seafood stews. Thank for the recommendation on Phil’s. We definitely want to try it. We visit Half Moon Bay quite often and I don’t think Moss Landing is that much further. Welcome home :)

  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking August 8, 2013, 9:36 am

    I would totally give this is try! Your pics are making me so hungry and it is raining today here so this would be perfect for my family. I hope some warmer weather comes your way!

  • Sandra August 8, 2013, 9:40 am

    Wow this dish contains all the stars of the seafood world. It’s a beautiful dish Nami.

  • cquek August 8, 2013, 10:48 am

    The presentation is mouthwatering! I will finish the whole pot.

  • Shema George | LifeScoops August 8, 2013, 11:37 am

    Nami, I cant tell you how badly I crave to try this. Looks fabulous and I am sure I cant stop at a couple of bowls – LOL I am a big fan of Bouillabaisse…yummy!!

  • Linda | The Urban Mrs August 8, 2013, 12:22 pm

    I love cioppino. Sadly, I’ve been reducing my seafood intake, but I can totally add fish into it. Slurp!

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health August 8, 2013, 1:24 pm

    stews are always so comforting and loved your version. hope you feel better soon <3

  • yummychunklet August 8, 2013, 1:35 pm

    Ooh, this looks delicious! The seafood makes a year-round dish!

  • tigerfish August 8, 2013, 3:34 pm

    We have been to Phil’s @Moss Landing more than once for the cioppino. However, most recently, we felt the quality of cioppino has dropped. Not sure whether it was just that day.

    I am so tempted to make this, as a good cioppino can be so delicious – I mean, all the seafood in a tomato-based gravy. Yum! But the long list of ingredients to prepare does seem daunting!

    • Nami August 15, 2013, 10:31 pm

      Hm, thanks for your message. I have never been there yet, so I’m curious how it’s like after watching Youtube and read the reviews. One day… :)

      I know, I wish it’s short list of ingredients too, but I couldn’t cut down as the recipe came from the restaurant. ;) And it was really delicious!!

  • Belinda @themoonblushbaker August 8, 2013, 4:14 pm

    yay! a post for us in cold! I am big fan of seafood stews and this is right up my alley. I love the combination of ingredients in the sauce; it must be flavour packed. Wow that video as so interesting, they must love their stew!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 8, 2013, 4:23 pm

    Your cioppino looks so good, Nami! If the weather was a little cooler here, I’d like a big bowl with plenty of fresh sourdough bread :).

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 8, 2013, 7:46 pm

    What a comforting dish to soothe all the jet lag! thanks for sharing :)

  • The Ninja Baker August 9, 2013, 1:41 am

    Your cioppino looks sooo good. I imagine it is a comforting soup. Especially when you’ve been used to the humid days of summer in Japan.

  • Jill @ MadaboutMacarons August 9, 2013, 2:43 am

    Nami, I couldn’t think of a better coming home dish to San Fran than this Cioppino. This looks so inviting. I haven’t made this in years and your photos are so enticing, I’ll have to make this again. Looks incredibly tasty. Welcome home!

  • Baby Sumo August 9, 2013, 2:48 am

    Nami, that looks so delicious! I really wish we could get all that fresh seafood easily here.

  • Riitta August 9, 2013, 2:59 am

    Yeah, I’ve been to Japan in August and almost melted away, so hot and humid!
    Thanks for the recipe, I’ll store it for winter, sounds absolutely delicious! And funnel is my absolute favourite, so glad you used it.

  • Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com August 9, 2013, 7:17 am

    wow – this looks so so good!

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  • Amy Tong August 9, 2013, 11:01 am

    Welcome back, Nami. Can’t wait to hear more about your Japan trip later. I know, weather in SF is always so cool. This Cioppino sounds perfect in your situation. :) I love seafood stew and can’t wait to give this a try. This sounds so decadent and delicious.

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz August 9, 2013, 11:49 am

    I am a big fan of seafood stew as well and I am really curious to taste this one. Welcome back and I hope it warms up soon.

  • Daniela August 9, 2013, 8:29 pm

    Hope you had a great time home in Japan, Nami!
    This recipe looks so tasty and colorful, it makes my mouth water.
    We all love seafood , so I ‘ll try this soon:)

  • Monica August 9, 2013, 9:05 pm

    We just got back from vacation in California (I’m on E. coast) and we ate dinner just a couple of nights ago at Pier 39 and had cioppino! It is one of our favorites. Your version looks almost exactly like the one we had – it was so delicious! I need to make this at home one day. I know it’s a lot of ingredients but the payoff is huge!!

  • GourmetGetaways August 9, 2013, 11:39 pm

    I am so jealous!!
    This dish looks so yummy and lots of crab… delicious, but you have just returned from Japan! I love visiting Japan.
    Thanks for sharing :)

  • Lynna August 10, 2013, 12:01 pm

    I`ve never heard of Cioppino before, but I`m sure it`s delicious for seafood lovers, like me!

  • Fern @ To Food with Love August 10, 2013, 10:10 pm

    Hi Nami! Hope you’ve settled back in after a nice holiday! Your Cioppino looks sensational, just like from the restaurant. I glanced through the ingredients and noticed that you need clam juice. I tried searching for it here but I don’t think they have it. Guess I can only taste this when I go to SF one day :)

  • Kumar's Kitchen August 10, 2013, 11:52 pm

    cioppino is such a delicious seafood stew….it is easy to make and so warming…your recipe sounds amazing, will try it soon, yummm :-)

  • Raymund August 11, 2013, 1:25 am

    I was absent for one whole month due to a vacation in Europe and the first thing I saw from my reader was this dish! it was like a love at first sight, look at that deliciousness!

  • TheKitchenLioness August 11, 2013, 4:55 am

    Nami, I envy you for all that lovely fresh fish that you can buy in San Francisco – your Cioppino looks like pure bliss – picture perfect and so delicious – I would love to have a serving of this right now! Your recipe and your step-by-step preparation is just wonderful and the picture are jsut mouth-watering – you ceratinly got my wanting this classic right now!
    All the very best, dear friend, glad to see that everything is allright with your allergies! Take good care of yourself!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 11, 2013, 7:53 am

    Thank you for a winter recipe! This looks beautiful in that bowl, Nami/

  • Chris Lee August 11, 2013, 11:13 am

    Hey! Who stole the pinit button.

    • Nami August 11, 2013, 12:16 pm

      Thank you for letting me know Chris! Plugin was on but maybe it was a glitch. I re-activated. Thank you!!

  • Donalyn@The Creekside Cook August 11, 2013, 12:16 pm

    I love this delicious soup – it is just so satisfying and delicious. Your version looks amazing! I haven’t stopped by since you returned, but I wanted mention how much I enjoyed all your Instagram shots from Japan – looks like a great trip for all of you!

  • Ilan August 11, 2013, 4:24 pm

    This looks simply wonderful Nami! I’m going to SF in a few weeks, and I’ll try to grab some of this (perhaps in a sourdough bread bowl :))!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 12, 2013, 9:57 pm

    I hope you had a great trip! And this cioppino?! It’s comfort in a bowl! Cioppino has been on my bucket list for a while now – I think it’s time to make it!

  • Reese August 13, 2013, 10:05 am

    What a treat Nami! I’d take hot steamy bowl of stew/ soup anytime, regardless the season. I’m been craving for seafoods lately and here you are tempting me again:) You know, with all the thousand lakes here, I wish I could turn them into one big ocean teaming with fresh wild catch!

  • Terra August 13, 2013, 6:54 pm

    It is crazy to me that it is already time for cool weather again. Honestly, I am pretty excited, I love cold weather after living in the desert for 15 years. My husband and myself would adore this gorgeous, and cozy recipe! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

  • mjskit August 13, 2013, 9:03 pm

    Cioppino is the dish that Bobby always orders when it’s on a restaurant menu, but I’ve never made her one at home. I’m so ashamed. Not really. :) However, it’s probably about time now that I have a trusted recipe! He would probably have fun making this with me. I’m going to have to bookmarked this for the when the weather cools off. Thanks Nami for the inspiration!

  • Asmita August 14, 2013, 5:44 am

    Hi Nami,
    All I need is a big bowl of this and to relax in front of the tv on a big comfy couch. Looks awesome!!! I have never tried this before but boy do I want to.

  • Julia | JuliasAlbum.com August 15, 2013, 12:59 am

    What a gorgeous plate of seafood! I love these kinds of stews! It looks like something you would get from the very best restaurants. Pinned!

  • Chris Lee August 15, 2013, 2:23 pm

    Mon dai nai, pinned it with the cut and paste method. 35 repins so far. My most popular pin so far.

  • Min August 18, 2013, 5:34 am

    I love cioppino and it wasn’t until recently that I mustered up the courage to make it at home. I slightly adapted the recipe from Cooking Light and was so surprised to find how easy it all came together. Your broth looks a lot thicker and creamier than mine…very enticing! Love the addition of worchcestershire sauce and fennel (in the instructions it says funnel). Even though I live in Texas and the temp is in the 100s right now, I can always enjoy a warm comforting bowl of soup or stew. I was taught that eating warm food during hot months (and sweating profusely) is good for health ;).

    • Nami August 18, 2013, 9:24 am

      Thanks for noticing the spelling error Min! xo :)

  • Sara March 3, 2014, 5:55 pm

    The hubs made this for dinner tonight!! SO SO GOOOOOD! I give it a TEN! It tastes as good as it looks. The scallops and shrimp and mussels and crab and clams were amazing. The sauce had a kick and was delish! will 1000% make this again! The only thing we left out were the squid tubes because our store was out of them. Other then that it is as good as it looks and truly yummy :) p.s. everyone whining about all the ingredients and how long it must take..it really is easy, so you are missing out by being lazy hehe

    • Nami March 3, 2014, 11:19 pm

      Hi Sara! Thank you SO much for your kind feedback, and please send my “thank you” to your husband for trying this recipe! :) A lot of people think it’s “more” work when ingredient lists are long, but in reality, you just need to put all in the pot. I can’t imagine reducing/removing the ingredients for this delicious Cioppino. :) I’m so glad you tried this recipe, and thank you for writing! p.s. You take amazing pictures – I enjoyed looking at your portfolio. :)

  • Maureen May 19, 2014, 5:16 pm

    Fabulous recipe..really the best I’ve seen. Can’t wait to try it. YUM!

    • Nami May 20, 2014, 12:26 pm

      Thank you Maureen! Hope you enjoy this dish! :)

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