Seafood Cioppino Tips
What do you serve cioppino with?
It's best to keep the side dishes simple and let the cioppino take center stage. Serve it with some kind of bread for sopping up the broth, whether you go with garlic bread
, mushroom cheese bread
or a classic crusty bread
. A fresh green salad or traditional antipasto
would also make a great companion to this dish. There are no rules when it comes to wine pairings—whether you want to go with white or red, choose one that has a nice zing to it, like a pinot grigio, pinot noir or zinfandel.
How long is cioppino good for?
You can keep cooked seafood in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Store any leftovers in an airtight container and leave some headspace. Be careful when reheating this soup; it's easy to overcook the fish and seafood, which could make them rubbery. Reheat cioppino on the stove over a low flame and keep a close eye on it until it's warmed throughout. If you're going to freeze your cioppino, chill it in the refrigerator before moving it to the freezer and use it within 4 to 6 months. Let it thaw in the refrigerator and warm it over gentle heat.
What else can I add to this cioppino recipe?
This is a flexible recipe—you can add or substitute ingredients as your taste, budget and time allow. If you like your dishes spicy, add crushed red pepper flakes, or a few drops of Sriracha chili sauce or another hot sauce. In place of the haddock, you can use cod, tilapia or another firm white fish. Add other types of seafood, like lobster, bay scallops, sea scallops, fresh mussels or octopus as you wish. When tomatoes are in season, add a couple of diced ripe plum tomatoes. You can also try adding your favorite vegetables, including diced carrots or sliced fennel. Finally, you can always add a splash of dry vermouth or red wine, which are classic complements for tomatoes and seafood. Research contributed by Hazel Wheaton, Taste of Home Books Editor