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  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    45 m
  • Ready In

    55 m
Star Pooley
Recipe by  Star Pooley

“A wonderful seafood stew! Serve with a loaf of warm, crusty bread for sopping up the delicious broth!”

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Original recipe yields 12 to 14 servings



  1. Over medium-low heat melt butter in a large stockpot, add onions, garlic and parsley. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally until onions are soft.
  2. Add tomatoes to the pot (break them into chunks as you add them). Add chicken broth, bay leaves, basil, thyme, oregano, water and wine. Mix well. Cover and simmer 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in the shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels and crabmeat. Stir in fish, if desired. Bring to boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer 5 to 7 minutes until clams open. Ladle soup into bowls and serve with warm, crusty bread!

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Fantastic!!! I made a few changes, took some hints from other reviews. Such as, used 1 large can of crushed tomatoes and 1 14.5 oz. can of stewed tomatoes, no water. I also used 1 bottle of clam juice and 1 cup of chicken broth and I added calamari and some extra garlic. I simmered the broth for over an hour, until we were just about ready to eat, and then added the fish (took order from another recipe) first the clams for about 5 min, till they start to open, then the crab legs (about 1 minute) then the mussels, shrimp, squid, scallops and cod. Cook stirring frequently until the mussels open, the shrimp curl and the squid and scallops are just firm (about 3 minutes). Everything was cooked just right and the flavor.......wonderful!!! The recipe served 6 adults and we had a little left over. I took some of the broth and cooked some extra shrimp in it and then added the rest of the broth and fish and warmed it was wonderful even as a leftover.



Those of you who have read my other ratings know that 4 stars means my family loved it. 5 stars is absolutely above and beyond. This is hands-down the best recipe we've ever tried on All Recipes!!!! A few helpful hints if you are going to try this wonderful recipe: Be sure you have a really big pot! You will want to avoid stirring this too much in order to avoid breaking up the meat, so a big pot is critical! Use very dry white wine. A sweet white wine will interfer with the flavor of the seafood, whereas a dry white will compliment the flavor wonderfully! Don't use flake-style crab meat as it will just disappear in the broth. Either use king crab legs in the shell or precook your crab legs and extract the meat for the soup. (if you use crab legs in the shell, add 1/2 lb to the amount) Place the cod in large pieces on top at the very end and cook it quickly. This will ensure that the cod won't break apart and your guests can extract whole pieces to their plates. Cook quickly and serve! If you cook too long the seafood will dry, flake, and lose flavor. The three secrets to success for this recipe: Fresh, Fresh, Fresh seafood! Make this for someone you love. I made it for my Dad and he still raves.

florida gail

florida gail

I hesitated between 4 - 5 stars because this is a really inspired recipe, but I did have a couple of suggestions. I agree with other reviewers that additional fish stock would give it more depth of flavor and I too blanched at all the butter. So used used olive oil, and just a couple tablespoons of butter. Also, if you are using fresh mussels and clams (as I did), they need to go in about 10 minutes ahead of the other fish, because the shrimp, scallops, fish, and crab will cook in about 5 minutes. I'd wait until the clams and mussels start to open before adding the rest. I also added a about a 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes for a little more zest. I'll definitely make this again.

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Amount Per Serving (13 total)

  • Calories
  • 318 cal
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 12.9 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs
  • 9.3 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 34.9 g
  • 70%
  • Cholesterol
  • 164 mg
  • 55%
  • Sodium
  • 755 mg
  • 30%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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