Considered by several to be the signature dish of port of entry, Cioppino could be a wondrous food stew that's excellent for fun and holidays. Serve this with crusty bread to sop up all the delicious broth for a very Californian eating experience!

Turns out cioppino is straightforward to create then delicious. It are often created with nearly any combination of food, however whole Dungeness crabs within the shell, clams, shrimp, bay scallops, and mussels ar classic choices. It’s an excellent big day instruction for the vacations or dinner parties.


Almost each food eating house of note in port of entry has cioppino on its menu. It absolutely was created here within the late 1800’s by Italian immigrants from the city region of European nation, UN agency lived and worked as fishermen within the North Beach space of town by the Bay.

Regardless, cioppino is historically created with the freshest food doable in an exceedingly skinny broth made of tomatoes, herbs, and vino. The catch of the day from the port of entry bay is sometimes a mixture of Dungeness crab,  clams, bay scallops, shrimp, squid, mussels, and fish.



  •  1/2 cup butter
  •  4 cloves garlic, minced
  •  1/2 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  •  1 tablespoon dried basil
  •  1 teaspoon kosher salt
  •  1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  •  1 onion, chopped
  •  1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  •  1 1/2 cups white wine (optional - can replace with additional fish or chicken stock)
  •  1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  •  1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  •  5 cups fish or seafood stock
  •  1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  •  1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  •  2 bay leaves
  •  2 pounds crab (I used 1 whole cooked Dungeness crab, with its legs removed from its body)
  •  1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  •  1 pound bay scallops
  •  1 pound small clams
  •  1 pound mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  •  1/2 pound cod fillet, cut into large chunks (or other firm-fleshed fish like halibut or salmon)
  •  Fresh basil and parsley, chopped, for garnish


  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large stock pot, then add the onion, fennel, garlic, parsley, sauteing until the onions are soft, about 10 minutes.  Add the garlic, basil, salt, thyme, oregano, and red pepper flakes and saute 2 minutes longer.
  2. Add the white wine, crushed and diced tomatoes, fish stock, and bay leaves, then cover and reduce the heat to medium-low.  Simmer for 30 minutes so the flavors can blend.  While the meat simmers, prepare the crab by removing the crab legs from the body (if not already done for you) and using a nutcracker to crack the shells (leave the meat in the shell) so that the meat can be easily removed once the cioppino is served.
  3. Increase the heat to medium and add the clams and mussels to the broth and cook for 5 minutes until they start to open.  Then add the crab legs and cook for another minute, followed by the shrimp and scallops.  Finally, lay the chunks of cod on top of the broth and cover and cook for 3-5 minutes until the mussels and clams are open, the shrimp curl and the scallops are just firm.
  4. Ladle the cioppino into large bowls garnish with chopped fresh parsley and basil.  Serve with warm, crusty sourdough bread!  Have plenty of napkins, extra bowls for shells, and nutcrackers and tiny forks on hand for the crab.  

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