CEimB Cioppino

by Joanne on November 18, 2010

This week’s Craving Ellie pick is by Margaret of Tea and Scones.  Such a cozy little site with good things always cooking. 


Cioppino.  I kept wanting to add an “h” in the spelling since it’s pronounced “Cho-pee-no”.  After you get the spelling right, you can find out what it is:  Italian fish stew.  It’s one of my favorites and Ellie’s recipe didn’t disappoint.


  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 TBS chopped fresh thyme (A thyme tip:  Take the fresh little twig of thyme and simply rub your fingers down the stalk in the opposite direction of which the little leaves grow. They will fall off easily and you can chop them from there if you wish but  their small enough, I leave them whole).
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 TBS tomato paste
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 TBS red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 lb raw shrimp – peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 lb scallops
  • 1/2 lb skinless halibut fillet, cut into 1” chunks *Our store did not have the halibut.  The fish monger said it doesn’t sell this time of year because it’s expensive. I bought swordfish instead and cut off the tough end skin.  It worked great!


  • 2 tsp fresh chopped parsley

Heat the oil over medium high in a large soup pot.  Add the onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme, bay leaf, red pepper flakes and cook one more minute.  Add the tomato paste and the wine.  Bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, water and bring to a boil.  Reduce to simmer and cook 10 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, salt and pepper.   Bring to a boil.

Add the fish, reduce heat to simmer and let cook about 5 minutes or until the fish is cooked. Garnish with parsley and eat with your favorite bread for dipping


or a side salad. Serves 4.


Sprinkle with Parmesan if you like.


Great pick Margaret. We really liked this stew. Perfect!


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  • At 2010.11.18 07:28, Heather said:

    My husband would love this – he’s a huge seafood soup guy. I’ll have to try it!

    • At 2010.11.18 08:39, Joanne said:

      IT’s a good one. But then, Ellie rarely fails us.

      • At 2010.11.18 08:16, Kayte said:

        Looks beautiful…and I’ll have that side salad you made as well!

        • At 2010.11.18 08:39, Joanne said:

          Easy enough to make. Go for it.

          • At 2010.11.18 08:31, Alex @ I Eat Asphalt said:

            Your cioppino looks amazing. I can’t wait to see my parents over the holidays so I can actually cook big meals.

            • At 2010.11.18 08:40, Joanne said:

              I used to look forward to that but now we all have different likes – dislikes, it’s just too challenging.

              • At 2010.11.18 09:50, Bri said:

                Your stew looks so gorgeous and colorful! Glad you loved it; we did too, but I changed it a lot.

                • At 2010.11.18 10:08, peggy said:

                  Hi girl. Your stew is beautiful. I made it with chicken and we loved it. Had a little kick to it which I liked. I can’t wait to have my leftovers tonight. I like your salad too! And apparently I was pronouncing it wrong so thanks for the tip. I always say it che-O-pino!! HA

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                    • At 2010.11.18 14:53, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

                      Looks yummy. I would leave out the fish and double up the scallops!

                      • At 2010.11.18 16:34, Margaret said:

                        I am glad you liked this pick. I am always afraid I will be the only one….

                        Thanks for cooking with me this week. I appreciate it.

                        BTW It looks just lovely. Such vibrant color.

                        • At 2010.11.18 22:29, claudia lamascolo said:

                          I don’t remember ever seeing a more perfect Cioppino, bravo`

                          • At 2010.11.19 14:08, Sarah said:

                            Your cioppino looks great! Really vibrant and colorful.

                            • At 2010.11.20 19:11, Chaya said:

                              Beautiful job. I couldn’t make it. At least three major ingredients, could not eat. I would have changed it greatly.

                              It does look great to warm up with.

                              • At 2010.11.22 18:18, Liz said:

                                Beautiful pictures, Joanne. I’ve never had cioppino before, but I can see this quickly becoming a favorite.

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