Duarte’s Crab Cioppino

June 7, 2009.   4 Comments.   Categories Pasta, Restaurant Recipes, Seafood.  


Duarte’s Crab Cioppino


source:  NPR.org

  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh cracked Dungeness crab (your fishmonger/butcher will crack the crab for you)
  • 12 cherrystone clams
  • 12 jumbo white prawns
  • 8 oz. cod
  • 1 cup clam juice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • Cioppino sauce (recipe follows)

To assemble: Place half the sauce in a 5 quart roaster or Dutch oven. Place crab in next, then clams and prawns, clam juice, and wine. Pour rest of sauce over crab. Place the cod on top last. Place lid on pan and turn heat to medium-high until it starts to boil. After it reaches a boil, turn heat down to medium. When the fish is cooked and the clams are open, the cioppino is ready. Serve immediately with a good crusty sourdough bread.


  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped fine
  • 6 stalks celery, chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped fine
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2-14.5 oz. cans diced tomato
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp. fresh garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Saute onion, celery and parsley in olive oil until translucent. Add spices, saute for one minute. Add diced tomato and tomato sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste.


  1. The BEST! I made this New Year Eve for my freind and I. It was so good I”m making it for all my nieghbors this sunday 16 people I hope it comes out as good as it was the first time I made it. My mother used this recipe and I thought that I had lost it. You had it,And now it will never be lost again. Thank you

  2. Hi Cynthia… Sometimes when I find a restaurant recipe like this one.. I use a stock photo until I get the chance to make it… or in this case, I can get all the seafood required in Colorado. I can vouch for the recipe though.. I’ve had this dish numerous times at Duarte’s and it is awesome! You could be correct re: stone crabs.

  3. I’m completely loving all of these seafood soupy kind of recipes you have on here. We’re just about to embark on a beach vacation, where it’s fun to pick up fresh fish to play with!! Great ideas for me :)

  4. DAMN am I glad you twittered this kick ass cullinary creation!! Incredible recipe!

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