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Simple Seafood Stew

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Serves 4

  • To learn more, read:
    Cooking Away
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 124

It’s hard to decide which is better, the mix of fresh, sweet seafood or the briny, buttery broth in the bottom of the bowl. Fortunately, each aromatic bowlful of stew contains plenty of both. Serving some crusty bread with this dish for mopping up the broth is simply nonnegotiable.

  • 12 jumbo shrimp (21 to 25 per lb.), peeled (reserve the shells) and deveined
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled, plus 1 Tbs. finely chopped
  • 4 large sprigs fresh parsley, plus 1/4 cup chopped
  • 1 oz. (2 Tbs.) unsalted butter, more to taste
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallot
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 dozen small littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 1 lb. mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large ripe tomato, seeded and diced
  • 8 large sea scallops, side muscle removed, halved horizontally

In a 5- to 6-quart pot, toast the shrimp shells and the garlic clove over medium-high heat, stirring, until the shells turn pink, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the parsley sprigs and 2 cups water, bring to a boil, then boil for 3 minutes. Strain the broth into a bowl and reserve.

Heat the butter and olive oil in the cleaned pot over medium heat until the butter is melted. Add the chopped garlic and the shallot and cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine and the reserved shrimp broth and bring to a boil over high heat.

Add the clams and mussels and cook, covered, until the mussels start to open, about 4 minutes. As they open, transfer them with a slotted spoon to a large, wide serving bowl or 4 large individual bowls. Continue to cook the clams, stirring occasionally, until they start to open, about 2 minutes more. Transfer them to the serving bowl. (Discard any clams or mussels that don’t open after 8 minutes.) Sprinkle with half of the chopped parsley.

Reduce the heat to medium and season the broth with salt and pepper to taste. Add the tomato, scallops, and shrimp to the broth, cover, and cook until the shrimp turn pink and the scallops are opaque, about 2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp, scallops, and broth to the bowl and sprinkle with the remaining chopped parsley.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 440; Fat (g): fat g 15; Fat Calories (kcal): 130; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 5; Protein (g): protein g 48; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 15; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 1590; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 185; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

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