Cioppino Seafood Stew Recipe
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Cioppino Seafood Stew Recipe Overview
Cioppino is a flavorful seafood stew that originated in San Francisco. In this step-by-step guide, I will walk you through the process of making Cioppino from scratch. Get ready to enjoy a delicious and hearty dish!
Cioppino Seafood Stew Video
Cioppino Seafood Stew Recipe Ingredients
One 32 ounce jar of tomato sauce
1/2 cup Fish broth
1/2 cup of white wine
Chopped Fresh herbs (oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary)
Assorted seafood (shrimp, diced calamari, lobster, sea scallops)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon of salt substitute seasoning (e.g., Mrs. Dash) Arrowroot
3 oz compound butter
San Francisco sourdough bread (toasted)
Fresh herbs (for garnish)
Optional: Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (grated)
Cioppino Seafood Stew Recipe Step-By-Step Instructions
Prepare the base by pouring in half a jar of tomato sauce into a large pot.
Add fish broth to the pot, enough to create a flavorful base for the stew and pour in the white wine to enhance the flavors.
Sprinkle in the freshly chopped herbs (oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary) to infuse the broth with their aromatic essence.
Carefully place the assorted seafood (shrimp, diced calamari, lobster, and sea scallops) into the pot with the simmering broth and squeeze the juice of one lemon over the seafood to add brightness to the stew.
Sprinkle the salt substitute seasoning evenly over the ingredients.
Allow the stew to simmer for approximately five minutes or until the seafood is cooked through.
While the stew simmers, create a slurry using arrowroot. In a separate bowl, combine a tablespoon of arrowroot with a small amount of white wine, stirring until smooth.
Slowly pour the slurry into the pot, stirring gently to thicken the stew. The arrowroot will help give the Cioppino a heartier consistency.
Turn off the heat and add a generous pat of compound butter to the stew. Stir the stew gently, allowing the butter to melt and enrich the flavors.
Take a plate and place your toasted San Francisco sourdough bread or your choice of bread bowl in the plate. Ladle the prepared Cioppino into the bread, ensuring that a variety of seafood is distributed evenly. Sprinkle a pinch of fresh herbs on top for a vibrant finishing touch.
History of Cioppino Seafood Stew Recipe
Cioppino sauce, commonly associated with Italy, actually originated in San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf. The sauce was created using the scraps and pieces of fish brought in by fishermen. The women would call out “cheap cheap” to indicate the availability of affordable food. The name “cioppino” comes from the Italian word “ciuppin,” meaning small or tiny. Overall, cioppino sauce has its roots in the vibrant culinary history of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.
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Cioppino Seafood Stew Recipe Notes
If desired, sprinkle some grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over the Cioppino for added richness and flavor. And congratulations! You have successfully prepared a delightful bowl of homemade Cioppino seafood stew. Serve it hot and enjoy the blend of flavors and textures from the fresh seafood and aromatic herbs. This dish pairs wonderfully with crusy bread but can also be paired with polenta for a gluten free alternative, creating a hearty and satisfying meal.