Brodetto di Pesce
Brodetto di Pesce (Italian fish soup) is just like cioppino. A delicious selection of seafood cooked in a tomato broth flavored with wine and garlic.
San Francisco has their cioppino, but did you know Italy has their own versions? Depending on what region they are from, they are all called different names.
Italian fish soup origin
This fish stew/soup is from the the region of Emilia Romagna (and one of my favorite places to visit). They call it brodetto di pesce. Not quite soup or a stew, it’s more like something in between.
Christmas Eve feast of the seven fishes
This dish is is most popular in my house for Christmas Eve. We celebrate the feast of the seven fishes to honor my husbands Italian heritage. For Christmas Eve, Italian-Americans practice a partial fast serving seafood instead of meat.
The seven fishes are usually spread over many courses and this brodetto di pesce would be one of the courses using five of the fishes.
Does Brodetto di Pesce reheat well?
The fish yes, the shellfish no. Because shellfish can overcook very quickly, once it is reheated you can guarantee it will be overcooked and rubbery.
What kind of wine works best for fish?
For seafood, I prefer to cook with white and any dry white wine that is good enough to drink.
My favorite aspect of this dish (besides eating it) is how quickly it comes together. After you have gathered the ingredients, there’s only 10 minutes of cooking time because seafood cooks quickly so this is perfect for entertaining.
I made this dish in a large cast iron pan that I bring to the table to the pan so everyone can help themselves. Don’t forget lots of bread to soak up the delicious tomato sauce.
What kind of tomatoes should I use for fish stew?
You can use any of your favorite canned/tinned tomatoes. Just make sure there are no added ingredients. You can use whole peeled tomatoes (break up using your hands), crusted tomatoes, chopped or diced tomatoes, tomato puree (not tomato paste) or passata.
A simple risotto or crispy gnocchi with peas and asparagus and lemon is the perfect accompaniment to this seafood feast.
I also have a Mussel Soup that is fast and easy to make which was inspired by my favorite Belgian dish, moules frites.
18 Comments on “Brodetto di Pesce”
Hi, I made this and it came out pretty thick. Do you think it was my fish selection (ie not releasing enough juices?) I used shrimp, scallops, tilapia, and mussels
I’m sorry the dish came out thick. Maybe the tomato did not have enough liquid and it evaporated quickly. Did you make sure to keep the dish covered as it cooked?
Not too different than my Brazilian Stew/Maqueca,, but different enough to include.
Even tho’ I live in Florida, soups are still so comforting.
A bit of VISHYSSOISE served cold or warm in a whisky glass is great to pass for company.
Always put it in the freezer before adding the cream. Thanks to Eric Ripert for the perfect recipe. More soups, please.
This was absolutely amazing. I made it with mussels, scallops, monk fish, and shrimp. Will be making this again.
Wow, that is a delicious selection
I made this for Christmas Eve and it was delicious, turned out perfect.
What a perfect dish for Christmas Eve. So happy you enjoyed it.
Made this fish stew for family and it was fantastic. Thanks for posting nutritional information.
You’re so welcome.
I am going to make this for my husbands birthday dinner this weekend. I am going to add crab as it is his favorite.
Crab would be a delicious addition. Come back and let me know how he liked it.
I love a great fish stew – so flavorful, comforting, and deceptively easy to make! Gorgeous photos too, Janette!
Oh my goodness this look incredible. You have me positively drooling.
Oh I love the color of that dish!! I love when you get tomatoes that really give a good colors. This looks so delish
I totally agree and these tomatoes are so good.
This looks crazy delicious! I cannot resist a good sea food dish for the life of me, added the “authentic Italian” factor and I AM SOLD!!
What a pefect recipe for Christmas Eve and I adore those tomatoes!
Thank you so much Kristen