The Foodie Physician: Dining with the Doc: Sunshine State Cioppino (Seafood Stew)

Dining with the Doc: Sunshine State Cioppino (Seafood Stew)

Packed with fresh ingredients, my Sunshine State Cioppino is the perfect light post-holiday meal.

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This post was sponsored by Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company.  As always all opinions expressed are my own.


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  But now that the holiday is over, you may be looking for some lighter dishes.  My Sunshine State Cioppino definitely fits the bill.  Packed with flavor and fresh, nutritious ingredients, it’s the perfect post-holiday clean eating dish.


This dish is a twist on cioppino, a classic seafood stew that originated in San Francisco.  Cioppino was originally developed by Italian fisherman who used whatever fresh seafood they had caught that day including crab, fish, shrimp, clams, mussels, and squid.  It’s typically made with a tomato-based broth that’s infused with wine and served with plenty of crusty bread for dipping.  I decided to make a version of cioppino using fresh Florida seafood.  After all, I’m a Floridian now so why not take advantage of the bounty of fresh, local seafood? 


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Because the tomato broth uses only a few simple ingredients, I wanted to be sure to use high quality products so I turned to Natalie’s.  If you haven’t heard of Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, it is a wonderful women owned and family operated company that produces only the highest quality juices.  Their juices are clean, all natural and squeezed fresh every day.  Their products are nutritious and they’re environmentally friendly- even their packaging is 100% recyclable.  I'm a huge fan of this company's products and I love that they are committed to local Florida farmers.  I just knew I had to use their juice in this soup since it highlights Florida ingredients! 


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My first experience with Natalie’s was unexpected.  My sometimes finicky two-year-old daughter Sienna slurped down an entire carton of their orange juice when we went out to breakfast at a local bagel store.  When I discovered that it was Natalie’s orange juice, I couldn’t wait to try more of their juices.  With plenty of great flavors to choose from like orange pineapple, honey tangerine, strawberry lemonade, orange beet, and tomato, there’s something for everyone.  Sienna’s personal favorite is the orange mango.


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To make the base of the soup, I used Natalie’s tomato juice, which is made using locally sourced tomatoes.  This juice is packed with fresh flavor and has no GMOs, no preservatives and no added salt.  It’s high in fiber as well as several vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A and C and potassium.  Tomatoes are also a rich source of antioxidants, especially lycopene, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease as well as certain cancers like prostate cancer.  In addition to the tomato juice, I added some white wine and seafood stock.  Fresh seafood stock can often be found at your local fish store and it’s also sold in cartons at the grocery store.  If you can’t find it, you can substitute clam juice. 


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I used a mixture of fresh Florida grouper as well as shrimp and mussels in my dish but you can use any combination of seafood that you like.  You can substitute clams or even crab for the mussels.  Whatever type of fish you do use, make sure it is a firm fish so that it doesn’t disintegrate in the liquid.  If you don’t have grouper, then halibut or cod are good choices.  Most seafood cooks pretty quickly in a matter of minutes so in addition to being delicious and healthy, this dish is also very convenient and is a good option for weeknight meals.


Be sure to serve this stew with plenty of crusty bread for dipping.  Although sourdough bread is traditionally served with cioppino, I served mine with a fresh loaf of hearty multigrain bread from my local bakery.


To find out where you can buy Natalie’s products in your area, check out their site HERE.  You can also follow Natalie's on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.


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Sunshine State Cioppino  (Seafood Stew)
Makes 4 servings


Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced shallots (can substitute yellow onion)
1 cup thinly sliced fennel (reserve fronds for garnish)
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 cup dry white wine
1 container (16 oz) Natalie’s tomato juice
2 cups seafood stock
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs parsley plus extra for garnish
1 sprig thyme (or ½ teaspoon dried)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
¾ pound fresh mussels, cleaned
¾ pound firm white fish fillet like grouper or halibut
½ pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
Crusty whole grain bread, for serving


Directions:
Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.  Add the shallots and fennel and sauté, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5-6 minutes.  Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook another minute until fragrant.  Turn the heat up to high and add the diced tomatoes, white wine, Natalie’s tomato juice, seafood stock, bay leaf, parsley sprigs, thyme sprig, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper.  Stir to combine. 

Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer and cover the pot.  Simmer 15-20 minutes to let the flavors meld.  Then uncover the pot and stir in the mussels, fish and shrimp.  Cover the pot and cook until seafood is cooked through and mussels are open, about 5 minutes.  Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.  Garnish with fresh parsley and dill fronds.  Serve with plenty of crusty bread on the side for dipping.


One serving: Calories 412; Fat 9.6g (Sat 1.8g); Protein 40.9g; Carb 26.9g; Fiber 4.3g; Sodium 1155mg


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50 comments :

  1. Ahhh, this recipe speaks to my seafood loving heart (and could your daughter be any cuter??) I'll have to look for Natalie juices.

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  2. your daughter has gotten so big! She's adorable! I'm not a shellfish eater, but this stew looks delish and I can totally see making it without the shellfish!

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    1. Thanks Jessica! You can totally try it without the shellfish :)

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  3. How wonderful!!! This looks so tasty!!! And that juice sounds perfect.

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  4. I swear I can smell this from here in Atlanta, Sonali! This sounds delicious - love your use of tomato juice!
    BTW Sienna has good taste it sounds like - orange mango would be my fav too!

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    1. Haha, she definitely has good taste! Aside from orange-mango juice some of her other faves or chocolate chip cookies and blueberry pancakes :)

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  5. This looks so light, fresh and healthy - and SO TASTY. Just the kind of meal we need this time of year, between all the cookies & fudge!

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  6. Wow! This just looks so amazing! Lovely recipe!

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  7. i love natalies! i used their grapefruit before. so good! i bet this soup is so refreshing too!

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    1. Yay for another Natalie's fan! Thanks Lindsay!

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  8. Oh my goodness, that little girl, so adorable!!! I love that photo and those boots, so stickin cute! Okay, so while on my travels I saw a lot of menu items with the Seafood Stew but was fearful it would taste to seafoody lol! This makes me want to dive face first into a bowl of it now, I better venture out down to the San Diego Harbor and try this now! Maybe then I'll get the courage to make it :)

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    1. Haha, thanks Elizabeth! I'm sure you have plenty of awesome, fresh seafood in San Diego so you should try it out!

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  9. That's so lovely! I've never had any type of soup with seafood :O

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  10. This looks amazing! A bit outside my family's food comfort zone (which is perfect because I'm slowly trying to work my kids out of their food rut).

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    1. Thanks! It's actually quite easy to make and hopefully your family will love it.

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  11. Your daughter is so cute!! And this dish looks amazing and is totally what I'm in the mood for with the colder weather!

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  12. This looks amazing! The seafood in Florida looks every bit as delicious as what we have out west.I'll have to be on the lookout for that tomato juice - it's been ages since I've used that ingredient in recipes.

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    1. Thank you! The tomato juice really did add great, fresh flavor!

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  13. Yum this sounds delicious. I don't cook much seafood at home but you are motivating me to give it a try! :)

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    1. That's great! I cook a lot of seafood because it's fast (and healthy)!

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  14. wow YUM! Florida seafood is delicious, isn't it?? I love love love my seafood, so this is something I'll definitely need to try out :)

    xo

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  15. Your photos are gorgeous, and btw your daughter is precious! I like most all seafood, by husband isn't crazy about fish. This meal would work for us, he could eat the shrimp and I could have the fish! Pinning!

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    1. Thanks Diane! That's the great thing about this dish- you can use whatever type of seafood you like!

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  16. This is so gorgeous, I could dive in right now! Pinned :)

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  17. Oooah, the cioppino was my fiance's and I's ultimate datenight dinner back when we were in the Bay Area at Stanford. He's gonna love this recipe :D Love it!

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    1. That's awesome! Glad I could bring back some nice memories :)

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  18. This looks wonderful! I'm hosting a traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner this year and am making chippino, can't wait to try this recipe!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you had a great Christmas!

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  19. I would really like to just reach into that first picture, grab the bread, and dunk it into the cioppino! Looks delicious!! Could you have that to Colorado by 5pm ? :)

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    1. Haha, wish I could Erin! Dunking the bread in the soup is my favorite part :)

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  20. Such a lovely dish! Love the flavors! Your daughter is so cute!

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  21. I have been craving lighter and healthier dishes, so this cioppino is perfect for me! Plus, as a former Floridian, I LOVE that you gave this dish the sunshine state spin! This looks beyond delicious! Cheers to a fabulous day!

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    1. Thank you! I had to give a shout out to my new home state :) Cheers!

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  22. This cioppino looks like absolute perfection, Sonali - as does your daughter! What a little darling.

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  23. Wow!! I've been dying to make a seafood stew and the flavors in this seem amazing!! Definitely putting this on my list of recipes to make!

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  24. This looks amazing! I wish I had a big bowl for breakfast :-) Your daughter is beautiful!!

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  25. Myyyy goodness, this looks like something you could serve at super super super fancy seafood restaurants! *-*

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    1. Haha, but it's really easy to make at home. Thanks Farrah!

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