Cioppinio is a glorious San Francisco seafood stew that pairs perfectly with dry white wine and foggy days.
Cioppino is a tomato-based seafood stew that was invented by the San Francisco Italian fishermen of North Beach in the late 1800s using whatever seafood was left over from the day’s catch. Over time the dish became popular in local restaurants, and it’s now firmly cemented in San Francisco tradition. As a recent SF transplant I came across cioppino at a local restaurant and knew I had to make my own version.
The genius of cioppinio is that you can put in whatever seafood you have handy! I used mussels, clams, shrimp, and because I had some on hand, cod. When selecting a fish to use in your cioppinio it’s best to select a fish that has firmer texture such as halibut, or salmon. Try stopping by the fish counter at your local grocery store and asking if they have any fish pieces that are too small to sell. You can get a nice assortment for a deal! Scallops would be great here too!
- olive oil
- 1 large onion diced
- 1 small bulb of fennel thinly sliced
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 3 bay leaves
- 4 garlic cloves chopped
- 5 cups seafood stock
- 1 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 can diced tomatoes 28 oz
- 1 can tomato paste 6 oz
- 1 lb mussels scrubbed and debearded
- 1 lb clams scrubbed
- 1 lb uncooked shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 lb fish fillets cut into bite sized cubes
Coat the bottom of a large stock pot in olive oil. Heat over medium heat until oil is hot and begins to shimmer. Add the onion, fennel, crushed red pepper, basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Saute until onion is translucent and fennel is soft. About 10 minutes.
Add seafood stock, wine, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 - 45 minutes over low heat.
Stir clams and mussels into the broth. Simmer for 3-5 minutes, or until shells are just beginning to open.
Stir fish and shrimp into the broth. Simmer until shrimp are pink, the fish is just cooked through, and the clams and mussels have opened. About 5 minutes.
Discard any clams or mussels that don't open. Serve with a nice crusty bread and enjoy!
When selecting a fish to use in your cioppinio it's best to select a fish that has firmer texture such as halibut, salmon, or cod. Try stopping by the fish counter at your local grocery store and asking if they have any fish pieces that are too small to sell. You can get a nice assortment for a deal!
Make this recipe cannabis infused:
- The best way to infuse this recipe is by dosing each bowl individually. This is for two reasons. First, because the long simmer over heat could destroy some of your THC potency. Second, the shells in this soup will make dividing it up into even doses difficult to accomplish.
- Drizzle each bowl with cannaoil before serving.
- To determine how much cannaoil you should use, check out this article on dose and potency.