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Sunday Slow Cooker: Cioppino

Quality slow cooker recipes for seafood can be hard to come by, so this version of cioppino, a tomato-based seafood stew that was invented in San Francisco, is a real gem. With a loaf of sourdough bread and a glass of white wine, this stew makes an effortless meal. To add this seafood staple to your slow cooker repertoire,






  1. 2 large onions, chopped (2 cups)
  2. 2 medium stalks celery, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  3. 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped (about 2 1/2 teaspoons)
  4. 1 can (28 oz) Progresso® diced tomatoes, undrained
  5. 1 bottle (8 oz) clam juice
  6. 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  7. 1/2 cup dry white wine or water
  8. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  9. 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  10. 2 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  11. 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  12. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  13. 1 dried bay leaf
  14. 1 lb firm-textured white fish, cut into 1-inch pieces
  15. 3/4 lb uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined
  16. 1 can (6 1/2 oz) chopped clams with juice, undrained
  17. 1 can (6 oz) crabmeat, drained
  18. 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. In 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, mix all ingredients except fish, shrimp, clams, crabmeat and parsley.
  2. Cover; cook on High heat setting 3 to 4 hours.
  3. Stir in fish, shrimp, clams and crabmeat. Reduce heat setting to Low. Cover; cook 30 to 45 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily with fork. Remove bay leaf. Stir in parsley.

Serves 8.

Nutritional Information per serving: Calories 210 (Calories from Fat 35); Total Fat 3 1/2g (Saturated Fat 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 120mg; Sodium 570mg; Total Carbohydrate 14g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 7g); Protein 28g

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pioquint0 pioquint0 8 years
I'm always on the lookout for hearty, filling but still healthy recipes. I made this today (using cod as the white fish), and I'm pretty pleased with it! FYI, 1 hour on high is roughly equivalent to 2 - 2.5 hours on low (from a slow cooker cookbook).
mzavala mzavala 8 years
The recipe says to cook on high for 3-4 hrs, therefore you CAN make this meal prior to leaving for work. Slow cooking 101- cooking on low for 7-8 hrs is equivalent to cooking on high for 3-4 hours! Read your manual!
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 8 years
mmmm so yummy great now I hella want some!
hwall1018 hwall1018 8 years
My husband called this "Perfect."
hwall1018 hwall1018 8 years
I'm actually working on this now. The girls above are right, I couldn't have left this while I go to work. But I do have a couple of activities tonight so I made it, set it, and I'll eat it when I come home! It smells awesome!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i always hear about cioppino's and i'ven ever made one - but at least i get a better sense of what can go into making one :) thanks for this recipe, and the image to go along with it!
emalove emalove 8 years
I can't live without my slow cooker!!!! It is quite possibly my favorite kitchen invention! I'm always looking for new recipes to try. Seka21, I understand your worries, but how about only using it when you are home to monitor it? I do that most of the time. I've really only used it when I'm not home a handful of times.
Seka21 Seka21 8 years
I loathe slow cookers as im convinced they will explode and burn my house down if i dont supervise them!! That stew photo..looks DELISH!!!!!!
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
YES. I clicked to mention this very thing. It's disappointing to find a recipe that sounds great but it only needs to cook for 4 hours; I want things that cook for 8-10 hours so I can leave them while I'm at work. I've read some rules of thumb for translating slow cooker recipes to the stove (but not vice versa, grr); does anyone know how to translate, say, a 4-hours-on-high recipe to longer-time-on-low? Or is it even possible?
aanyanka aanyanka 8 years
While this recipe looks really good I have to say I hate slow cooker recipes that require cooking for 3-4 hours at which point you have to add something else and cook a little longer. My entire purpose for having a slow cooker is that I can set up a meal to cook before I head to work which will be done when I return home 8 hours later. If a meal takes such a short time in a slow cooker then theoretically I should be able to cook it on the stove top in 1 hour or less negating the need for the slow cooker.
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