San Francisco Style Cioppino


  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 5 cups fish stock
  • 1 (16-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds bass fillets, cut into 2-inch squares
  • 16 large shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 32 littleneck clams
  • 24 mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Few dashes hot sauce


In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant. Add the wine and cook until reduced by half. Add the fish stock, drained tomatoes, bay and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes

While the broth is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over high heat in separate large sauté pan. Season the bass on both sides with salt and pepper and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove to a plate.

To the same pan, add another 2 tablespoons of oil, season the shrimp and sauté until lightly golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Remove to the plate with the bass.

Add the clams, mussels, bass and shrimp to the reduced broth and cook until the clams and mussels open, discarding any that do not open, about 3 minutes. Stir in the parsley and tarragon and season with honey, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add hot sauce, to taste.

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay