The World’s Best Cioppino Soup
(Fish Stew!)


by Karen Ekstrom



Extra Virgin olive oil (3 tbsp.) 

1 large onion

3 to 4 cloves of garlic

1 carton of chicken stock (32 oz.)

1 bottle of clam juice (8 oz.)

1 sprig of Thyme (or 1 tsp. of dried Thyme if you don’t have fresh)

½ of fresh Italian parsley

1 can (14.5 oz.) crushed tomatoes

1 can tomato paste (6 oz.)

1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp

1 lb. fish (I used cod – just use a mild white fish)

2 lbs. clams (24 to 30 clams  – cleaned and scrubbed well)

Salt and Pepper to taste (I use 1 tsp. of salt, 1 tbsp. of pepper)


* If you like a zip to your soup, add a couple of dashes of Tabasco or hot sauce of your liking.




Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent. (7 to 10 minutes)

Add tomato paste. Blend in.

Add chicken stock, can of tomato, and clam juice. Blend.

Add salt, pepper, lemon and thyme.

Bring to a boil.


Reduce and simmer for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, add the clams.


Cook for about 10 minutes or until they open up.

(Discard any that do not open – bad clams!)

Add shrimp and fish (that’s been cut into 2 inch pieces)


Cook until shrimp turn pink and fish turns opaque.


Check seasonings. Adjust as needed.

Chop ½ cup of fresh Italian parsley.


Garnish soup with parsley and serve with crusty french bread!


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Isabel July 12, 2020 - 1:50 pm

Ms. Ekstrom,

At the bottom of your list of ingredients, you are suggesting to put tobacco (cigarette) or hot sauce. I know/don’t think you meant to say that. Tabasco (Brand of spice) is a hot sauce. You may want to edit and suggest red pepper flakes or hot sauce.

Karen Ekstrom July 12, 2020 - 2:32 pm

Haha! Great catch! Thanks for telling me! If you find anything else let me know!

Lisa January 20, 2021 - 1:00 pm

How many does this serve?

Karen Ekstrom January 20, 2021 - 1:13 pm

It serves 6 to 10 depending upon whether you are serving it a a meal or as a cup of soup. Enjoy! This is really good!


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