Fishermen’s Stew

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Becky Luigart-Stayner
Makes 6 or more servings.
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Our Fishermen’s Stew is a delicious take on cioppino that’s surprisingly easy to make! With straightforward steps and readily available ingredients, this recipe is designed for both novice and seasoned cooks alike. Savor the convenience of combining fresh seafood with aromatic herbs and tomatoes in a single pot, allowing the flavors to meld effortlessly. 

From prep to table, our Fishermen’s Stew promises a hassle-free cooking experience without compromising on taste. Elevate your home cooking effortlessly and treat yourself to a delightful seafood feast with this easy-to-follow recipe, perfect for both busy weeknights and special occasions.

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
2 cups sliced mushroom caps
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
2 bottles (8 ounces each) clam juice
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon salt, plus more, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon dried basil
3⁄4 teaspoon fennel seed, preferably crushed
1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
1⁄2 teaspoon sugar, plus more, to taste
1 bay leaf
1 pound cod, haddock, or other firm white fish fillets, cut into large chunks
1 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined
10 to 15 well-scrubbed mussels with beards removed and/or small clams
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley, for garnish
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, enameled pot over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and celery and cook for 6 to 7 minutes, or until soft. 
  2. Add the mushrooms and garlic, stir, and cook until the mushrooms are soft. Add the remaining ingredients, except the seafood and parsley, and bring to a simmer. 
  3. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, uncovered, tasting to adjust the seasonings.
  4. About 15 to 20 minutes before serving, add the seafood. Stir to mix and thoroughly coat. Cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily and the shellfish has opened. 
  5. Discard any mussels or clams that have not opened. Remove the bay leaf. 
  6. Serve in large soup bowls and garnish individual portions with parsley.
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