Paleo Italian Seafood Stew (Cioppino)


My family is crazy for seafood of all sorts, so this Paleo Italian seafood stew always makes everyone happy.  After the first serving I let my kids search through the pot for their favorite pieces of seafood.  That is the beauty of this type of recipe, you can use whatever your family likes best.  For us it means a firm fish like cod, shrimp, squid, and mussels but you could easily use clams, langostinos, mahi and scallops instead of, or in addition to, any of the ingredients listed.

Paleo Italian Seafood Stew (Ciopinno)

Paleo Italian Seafood Stew (Ciopinno)


  • 1lb firm white fish such as Cod, Haddock or Mahi Mahi
  • 1 dozen medium or large shrimp, shelled
  • 1/2 lb squid rings (and tentacles if desired)
  • 1 dozen fresh mussels (or clams) cleaned
  • 4 oz spanish chorizo diced
  • All the rest
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, diced
  • 2 cups of fresh chopped tomatoes (or 1 14oz can diced tomatoes with juices)
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika (don't skip this ingredient, it really makes the dish!)
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (use more or less to taste)
  • 1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups fish stock (or chicken stock)


  • Heat the olive oil in a stockpot on medium. Add the chorizo, onion, bell pepper, garlic and parsley and cook while stirring occasionally until the onion begins to be translucent. Add the chopped tomatoes, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, salt and pepper and cook for 5 more minutes. If using squid, add it now and simmer for 5 minutes before proceeding to the next step.
  • Add all of the remaining seafood and the stock, stirring very gently to combine. Bring the pot up to a strong simmer and cover it for 15 minutes. When the mussels and/or clams have opened, remove the pot from the heat and gently ladle the stew into shallow bowls.

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  1. This looks great and reminds me I haven’t make Cioppino for ages. Yum!

  2. Coming from a Southern Italian background I would called this an interesting hybrid of cooking styles, the chorizo, very Spanish, the paprika very Eastern European. It is a really interesting dish can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

    • Diane,
      You are right this is definitely a mixed recipe, it sure isn’t the Cioppino my Noni would make! I actually created this recipe by fusing what I liked best from my favorite Paella recipe and my favorite Cioppino recipe. In fact, my husband calls it “Paellppino”! I hope you give it a try and I hope you enjoy it :)

  3. We are seafood lovers and this sounds absolutely tres delish!! Thanks for sharing..

  4. I adore ciopinno!

    Susan and Bentley

  5. I have never made Cioppino and have always wanted to. Your dis looks scrumptious!!!! And your recipe is one I could do, too! Thanks for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY and bringing this yummy dish!

  6. I don’t see fish in a lot of soups. This looks really good. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

  7. My husband is a HUGE cioppino fan! He orders it every time he sees it on a menu. I guess it’s time I made it for him. :) This looks like the type of cioppino he likes so thank you! Looks delicious! I like it too but he LOVES it! :)

  8. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! Its awesome bloggers like you that make our party wonderful! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) See you next Friday! Cindy from

  9. Your Cioppino sounds wonderful, with such a flavourful broth!

  10. Wow, Jen, this seafood stew looks incredible!!! Thank you for bringing it to Fit and Fabulous Fridays!

  11. Hi Jen,
    What a lovely stew, this looks like a great recipe that we will just love. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday! I’m not a huge seafood fan yet, other than lobster and crab, and those are out of my budget most of the time, lol. But one of these days I will work myself up to some of these more “advanced” seafood recipes :)

  13. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  14. This recipe always makes me really happy. My father makes it for me every time I go home. Clearly I associate it with home and comfort, which is why I love it… Oh wait, I know why else I love it: IT’S DELICIOUS!

  15. WOW! Amazing taste and spiciness! I added kelp noodles, perfect combo! Thank you!

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