This tomato-based seafood stew is traditionally filled with whatever seafood is fresh at the market.


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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 people


  • 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 bulb fennel chopped, fronds reserved
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 2 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 c. dry white wine
  • 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 8-oz. bottle clam juice
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 2 "-thick strip orange zest optional
  • 1 dozen littleneck clams scrubbed
  • 1 dozen mussels scrubbed
  • 1 lb. shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb. halibut skin removed and cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/4 c. freshly chopped parsley for serving
  • Baguette for serving
  • Lemon wedges for serving


  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add fennel and shallots and cook until soft and translucent, 6 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper. Cook until fragrant, 1 minute more.
  • Add wine and let boil until reduced by half, 3 to 5 minutes, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon. Add tomatoes, clam juice, water, bay leaves, and orange zest (if using). Stir to combine, bring to a low simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaves and orange zest. Add clams to simmering broth, cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover, add mussels in an even layer, then shrimp, then halibut. Do not stir. Cover again and cook for 5 more minutes, or until all clams and mussels are opened and shrimp and fish is cooked through and opaque. Discard any unopened mussels and clams. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • To serve, ladle soup into bowls and top with fennel fronds and chopped parsley. Serve with baguette and lemon wedges on the side.
Keyword seafood
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