Brodetto di Pesce (Adriatic-Style Seafood Stew)


You will find versions of this hearty fish stew all along Italy's Adriatic coast. In Abruzzo, the stew is spiked with hot pepper and served with grilled or toasted bread to sop up the sauce. Be sure to find the freshest fish possible and serve with your favorite Italian wine.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
8 servings


  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

  • 1 medium yellow or red onion, finely diced

  • cup finely diced celery

  • cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus more for serving

  • 4 cloves garlic, lightly crushed, divided

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¾ cup dry white wine

  • 3 sprigs fresh oregano

  • 3 fresh bay leaves

  • 2 1/2 cups clam juice or seafood stock, divided

  • 2 cups petite diced or crushed canned tomatoes

  • 2 pounds littleneck clams, scrubbed

  • 1 pound mussels, scrubbed

  • 1 pound cleaned squid tubes or tentacles, tubes cut into rings

  • 1 pound meaty white fish, such as cod, monkfish, rockfish, snapper or a combination, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 8 diagonal slices whole-grain baguette (1/2 inch thick), plus more for serving


  1. Cook oil, onion, celery, parsley, 3 cloves garlic and crushed red pepper in a large pot over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are very tender, about 15 minutes.

  2. Increase heat to medium-high and add wine; cook for 1 minute. Add oregano and bay leaves; cook for 30 seconds. Add 2 cups clam juice (or stock) and tomatoes and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, 20 to 25 minutes.

  3. Add clams and mussels; cover and cook 5 minutes. Add squid, fish and the remaining 1/2 cup clam juice (or stock). Cover and cook until the fish is just cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and gently stir in lemon juice.

  4. Meanwhile, preheat broiler to high.

  5. Place bread on a rimmed baking sheet and broil until lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Immediately rub with the remaining garlic clove.

  6. Place one slice of bread in each of 8 shallow bowls and top with the stew. Serve with more oil, parsley and bread, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

334 Calories
10g Fat
26g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 334
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 31g 62%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 184mg 61%
Vitamin A 648IU 13%
Vitamin C 25mg 28%
Folate 53mcg 13%
Sodium 770mg 33%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 5mg 29%
Magnesium 77mg 18%
Potassium 903mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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