Cioppino is my favorite dish to make. It’s healthy, easy and the result is impressive. Make it for family, friends or your date. Then thank me. Or, if you’re like me tonight, you feel like seafood and dicking around with some flavors. Cioppino looks and tastes complicated, but it’s really simple to make. Best of all, the ingredients you use are largely up to you.
There are two components to cioppino: seafood and and a tomato based sauce. That’s it. You can use whatever seafood you like. You can use various types of stock. Season it however the hell you like. Add some white wine or don’t. You could even add additional proteins like beef or poultry (don’t).
When I make my version, I don’t go to the grocery store with a plan, I go with an idea: I look to find what’s fresh. Sometimes you need to improvise. I wanted cod, clams and calamari. They weren’t available in the two stores I hit up unless I wanted to buy the frozen shit in the box. That’s a no-no. I substituted them with lobster claws, mahi-mahi and tiger shrimp.
All told I had muscles, scallops, two kinds of shrimp, mahi-mahi and lobster. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s really not expensive. For $13 I bought enough seafood to feed two, easy.
Then the broth. Stewed tomatoes, homemade chicken stock, white wine, oregano, bay leaves, onion, garlic and butter.
I started with this:
…was left with this…
This dish is a blast to eat.
…and the look on my face when it was done was similar to this…