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San Francisco Cioppino

San Francisco Cioppino | Bijouxs Little Jewels

It took a few years for me to attempt Cioppino, the luscious San Francisco seafood classic. Why did I wait so long to start cooking this classic? Now that I know how easy this stew is to prepare, it has become little jewel in the Bijouxs Kitchen.


History tells us the that this recipe originated at Fisherman’s Wharf during the 1930’s. The stew name ’cioppino’ itself is not confirmed, but believed to be the result of Italian fisherman on the wharf ‘chipping in” to the communal stew pots on the wharf. Or maybe the name comes from a fish stew in Genoa called cioppino. No matter, this stew has become a beloved San Francisco staple.

San Franciso was on our family’s food road trip map. I loved walking on the wharf as a child, watching the boats and nibbling on fresh shrimp cocktail. Cioppino was my dinner favorite.


The great thing about this stew is its versatility. Just toss in just about any fish and shellfish, the days catch or what you love. For me the favorites include mussels, shrimp, halibut and crab.

San Francisco Cioppino | Bijouxs Little Jewels

It also is a great make-ahead recipe. Prepare and cook the soup base which will keep refrigerated for up to 2 days. Then, re-heat to boiling, reduce heat to low. Add the cleaned/prepped seafood. Just cover and simmer on low about 5-7 minutes until the mussels pop open and the shrimp and crabmeat is opaque.

Cioppino is a wonderful for entertaining, the broth made ahead and include a wide variety of seafood, something for everyone. Please enjoy this little jewel from San Francisco.

As always, enjoy. B

2 thoughts on “San Francisco Cioppino

  1. I made this last week. shopped for all the fresh fish. Could not Dungeness crab so I used crab claw meat. We loved it. It is expensive to make though so be prepared.

    1. Hi Linda! Happy 2019 to you and yours. Yes, Cioppino is quite pricey to prepare. I view fresh seafood as a little jewel, to be treasured. Even though I am right by the beach, fresh seafood is a special treat. Thank you and I am happy you enjoyed it. Best, Lynn

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