Italian Seafood Stew

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Italian Seafood Stew

The fishermen's catch of the day is transformed into a succulent seafood stew.

Yield: 8 servings
Active Time: 60
Total Time: 75


  • 1 cup bottled clam juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, (2 smashed, 2 minced)
  • 1 pound mussels, scrubbed and debearded, or small cherrystone clams
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces squid, cleaned and cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup red-wine vinegar, plus more to taste
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 pounds firm white-fleshed fish fillet, such as halibut, skinned and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fine dry breadcrumbs
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Bring clam juice and smashed garlic to a simmer in a large pot. Add mussels (or clams) and cook, covered, until open, 3 to 5 minutes. Discard garlic; remove mussels from the pot, discarding any that did not open. Using a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth, strain broth into a bowl; set aside. Wipe out the pot.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pot and heat over medium-low heat. Add onion and minced garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Increase heat to high; add squid and cook, stirring, until the squid turns opaque, about 1 minute. Add wine and 1/3 cup vinegar; cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced by half, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and the reserved mussel broth. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the squid is tender, 18 to 20 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, add fish and shrimp to the simmering stew and cook, covered, just until the fish is opaque in the center, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the reserved mussels and heat through, about 1 minute. With a slotted spoon, remove solids to a bowl and cover to keep warm. Stir 3 tablespoons parsley, breadcrumbs and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil into the sauce. Simmer until the sauce thickens to the consistency of heavy cream, 1 to 2 minutes. Adjust seasoning with pepper and vinegar. Return the solids to the sauce. Serve immediately, garnished with the remaining 1 tablespoon parsley.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3. Cover and refrigerate mussels and stew separately for up to 1 day.


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 280
fat 9 g (1 g sat, 4 g mono)
cholesterol 166 mg
carbohydrates 8 g
protein 46 g
fiber 1 g
sodium 423 mg
potassium 876 mg

Nutrition Bonus Selenium (118% daily value), Magnesium (31% dv), Vitamin C (20% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving 1/2

Exchanges 1 vegetable, 5 very lean meat, 1 fat (mono)

From EatingWell September 1998, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)