Quick Cioppino

A steamy bowl of fisherman's stew takes the chill off a rolling fog or a cold winter's night. A cinch to make, cioppino calls for seafood that cooks largely unattended and in a single pot.

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  • Servings: 4
Quick Cioppino

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2008


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 1 cup dry white wine, such as Chardonnay
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes with juices
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 14 mussels, debearded and scrubbed well
  • 14 littleneck clams, scrubbed well
  • 1 pound firm, white fish fillets, such as halibut or cod, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, for garnish


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook for 4 minutes. Add thyme, salt, pepper, and red-pepper flakes, and cook for 1 minute. Add wine, and simmer for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, juices, and water. Cover, and simmer for 25 minutes. Add seafood, cover, and cook until shells open, 6 to 8 minutes. (Discard unopened shells and thyme sprigs.) Garnish with parsley, and serve immediately.


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