Classic Cioppino

Notes: Serve with crusty sourdough bread and a crisp Sémillon or Chardonnay with good acidity. Prep and Cook Time: about 1 hour.

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 309
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Protein: 35g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated fat: 1.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 21g
  • Fiber: 4.3g
  • Sodium: 798mg
  • Cholesterol: 176mg


  • 1 head fresh fennel (12 oz.)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion (8 oz.), peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 3 cans (15 oz. each) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1 dozen clams in shell (suitable for steaming; discard any that are not closed), well scrubbed
  • 2 cooked Dungeness crabs (about 2 lb. each), cleaned and cracked
  • 1 pound shrimp (24 to 30 per lb.), peeled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper


  1. 1. Trim off and discard tough stems and base of fennel head. Rinse fennel, core, and chop.
  2. 2. In a 6- to 8-quart pan over medium-high heat, stir fennel, oil, onion, garlic, and 2 tablespoons parsley until onion is limp, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. 3. Add diced tomatoes (including juice), white wine, tomato paste, basil, oregano, and chile flakes. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and simmer on low heat until flavors are well blended, about 15 minutes.
  4. 4. Add clams and crab. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in shrimp, cover and simmer, until clams pop open, shrimp turn pink, and crab is hot, 6 to 9 minutes longer; remove seafood as it finishes cooking. Discard clams that do not open. Add salt and pepper to taste. Ladle broth and seafood into wide bowls. Sprinkle with remaining parsley.
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