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  • 1/2 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 4 large scallops (cut into three pieces each)
  • 1/2 pound mussels, cleaned
  • 1 1/2 dozen middleneck clams, cleaned
  • 1/2 pound cod (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 3 cup marinara Sauce
  • 1 bottle clam juice
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 to 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice and zest of one lemon
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
  • few dashes of McCormick Crushed Red Pepper, optional
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In my opinion, soup season is alive and well all year long! What better way to celebrate than with a big bowl of Seafood Stew – Cioppino. This recipe is super easy for you to make and also enjoy. Yes., you can spend hours making a broth from scratch. However, there are some really amazing marinaras out there that will work perfectly. One may just want to doctor it up a touch.

Head on over to The Carolina Meat & Fish Co. and grab some super fresh fish and seafood, along with a jar or two of Cannizzaro’s Marinara sauce. As an alternative, use your favorite jarred marinara. There is definitely a process to cooking the seafood and fish just perfectly. Be sure to follow my step-by-step method so as to ensure nothing gets under- or overcooked.

Additionally, be sure to check out my blog on how to properly clean clams and mussels. This is a must prior to adding them in this recipe.

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This recipe for Seafood Stew – Cioppino is a must for your Feast of the Seven Fishes meal! Click here for some other great options for your Christmas Eve dinner!

a white bowl of seafood stew - cioppino


Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a deep pot. Add the garlic and shallots to infuse in the oil. About a minute, or so will do. Do NOT brown. Add the marinara, one cup of the white wine, clam juice, bay leaves, thyme, red pepper flakes, kosher salt and black pepper. Bring to a heavy simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the remaining wine. If the sauce seems a little too thick, add a bit more wine or clam juice. Bring to a boil.


Add the clams to the pot and cover with lid. As the clams open, remove immediately and reserve in a bowl. Add the mussels. The mussels will take under a minute to open. Again, as they open, remove and reserve in bowl with the clams. If any of the clams and/or mussels do not open, discard them immediately.

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the cod and scallops to the pot. Allow to cook for about two minutes. Toss in the shrimp. Cook for another two to three minutes, or until the shrimp are no longer translucent.

Remove and discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Reduce heat. Squeeze in the juice of one-half of a lemon. Add the cooked clams and mussels back into the pot. Gently stir so as not to break up the fish. Allow to heat through for about a minute, or so. Top with remaining lemon juice, lemon zest, and fresh parsley. Drizzle on a touch more olive oil. You can serve alone or with linguine. Be sure to bring the crusty bread for the sauce! ENJOY!!!


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  1. […] If you are local to Charlotte, head on over to The Carolina Meat & Fish Co. and grab the fresh marinara and loads of PEI mussels! I love using this local marinara sauce from Cannizzaro. I also use their fabulous sauce in my recipe for Seafood Stew – Cioppino. […]

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