Holiday Cioppino

Holiday Cioppino

This light, holiday recipe is a modern take on the traditional Italian “fisherman’s stew.” Featuring a variety of fresh fish and shellfish, it’s high in protein, and surprisingly easy to prepare.










  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium shallots, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 5 sprigs fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste (no salt added)
  • 2 (28-oz) cans diced tomatoes (no salt added, optional fire roasted)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 lb clams, scrubbed
  • 1 lb mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 1 lb large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb tilapia or halibut, cut into 2-3” cubes
  • 1 loaf crusty bread


  1. Add olive oil to large pot on medium heat. Add fennel, onion and shallots and sauté for 5-10 minutes, or until onions are translucent.
  2. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté 2 minutes.
  3. Add oregano, bay leaf, tomato paste, canned tomatoes, wine and water. Stir well to combine.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add clams and mussels to pot, stir and cover. Cook an additional 5 minutes or until they begin to open.
  6. Add shrimp and fish and simmer with lid off 5 minutes, or until the mussels and clams are fully open*.
  7. While the cioppino is finishing, toast slices of sourdough (or other) bread. (optional: rub garlic over the toasted bread)
  8. Ladle soup into large bowls and serve with toasted sourdough bread.
  9. *Discard any mussels or clams that do not open.

Nutrition (per serving):

340 calories, 9 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 22 g carbohydrate, 36 g protein, 4 g fiber, 670 mg sodium.