AP Studios / RECIPE: Northwest Cioppino


This may look like an intimidating list of ingredients, but once you track everything down this delicious Northwest Cioppino recipe from our latest cookbook The Crimson Spoon: Plating Regional Cuisine on the Palouse.  This is a great combination of local Washington fare and a true taste of the Northwest.  Be sure to preheat the serving dishes to ensure the seafood stays warm.  Serve cioppino with artisan-style sourdough bread and enjoy.


Northwest Cioppino

1/4 cup olive oil

1 cup small diced onion

1/2 cup small diced fennel bulb (about 1/2 bulb)

1/4 cup small diced leek, white part only (about 1/2 medium)

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt

2 tablespoons finely chopped thyme

2 tablespoons finely chopped basil

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 cup good quality white wine (like sauvignon blanc)

1 1/4 cups (10.75 ounce can) tomato puree

2 cups seafood stock

2 ounces clam juice

1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes

2 tablespoons vermouth

8 ounces skinless salmon fillet, cut into one-inch pieces

8 ounces skinless cod, halibut cheeks, or other firm white fish, cut into one-inch pieces

1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 pound clams

1 pound mussels, scrubbed and debearded

2 tablespoons chopped chives or green onions

Cook onion, fennel, and leek in olive oil in a large, wide stockpot on medium heat until softened and translucent.  Add garlic, bay leaf, salt, thyme, basil, tarragon, and red and black pepper; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add wine and simmer until it is almost fully reduced (au sec).  Add tomato puree, seafood stock, clam juice, diced tomatoes, and vermouth and bring to boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.


About the photographer: EJ Armstrong is the chief art and cookie addict at the Black Building. She has thirty years of experience in the visual world, making her the lead nagger, design junky and advice columnist. You can find her on Instagram @avisualist or see more of her photography here.


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