Seafood Cioppino


Seafood Cioppino a rich tomato-based stew made with whatever seafood is fresh that day.

Something delicious for this weekend: a rich Seafood Cioppino.

This recipe is Italian Chef Fabio Viviani’s take on cioppino, a tomato based stew made with whatever seafood is fresh that day. I pulled this recipe out of his fabulous new cookbook, Fabio’s Italian Kitchen. He finishes the stew with heavy cream, which beautifully balances the acidity of the tomatoes.

The recipes in his cookbook really work. In Chef’s own words: “My food is not complicated. My food is meant to be made and eaten. I just want to make sure that when you’re done cooking, every person you know will say, ‘That’s a great freaking dish.’”

And, really, isn’t that the exact reaction we all want?

Fabio's Italian Kitchen-Seafood Cioppino

Fabio’s Italian Kitchen Cookbook


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10 thoughts on “Seafood Cioppino

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  2. Angie

    I am going to make the cioppino this week. I bought lobster, shrimp and crab. Is there a recipe where I don’t have to use cream? Is the original recipe a broth or cream based?

    1. Christina Post author

      Hi Angie,
      You don’t have to add the cream! It will be a little thinner, but with all the flavorful seafood, you won’t miss it. The recipe calls for vegetable or chicken stock, but you can also use fish stock.

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  5. Deb Harris

    This looks wonderful, can’t wait to try it. While looking around your site(which I really like!) I looked for email subscription. The search function sent me to a page that said there was an error in sign up. I hadn’t found the sign up page yet & sent me to a page that said I had successfully signed up, but I hadn’t. Can I subscribe with email? Thanks for your help.

    1. Mama Post author

      Thanks for stopping by. We are still working on that… so happy you like my site. I will be in touch with you once we get it up and running.
      Let me know if you try the recipe!


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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: