Brodetto (Fish Stew) Ancona-Style

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  • Published Apr 2nd
  • Ready In1h 20m
  • Servings6
  • Calories395
Brodetto, a fish stew with a tomato base, is a specialty of the Marche region of Italy. There are several recipes for brodetto, even within the Marche. This recipe belongs to the province of Ancona. To make this recipe, I chose fish available in the southern United States.

Brodetto (Fish Stew) Ancona-Style Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Brodetto (Fish Stew) Ancona-Style for 6 servings:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, mashed
  • 1 1/2 pounds red snapper fillets, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups fish stock
  • 1 pound clams in shell, scrubbed
  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp, with shells
  • 6 (3/4 inch thick) slices Italian bread, toasted

Brodetto (Fish Stew) Ancona-Style Cooking Instructions

  • Prep35m
  • Cook45m
  • Ready In1h 20m

To cook Brodetto (Fish Stew) Ancona-Style, you need about 35 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Brodetto (Fish Stew) Ancona-Style is about 45 minutes , and you can serve your Brodetto (Fish Stew) Ancona-Style within 1 hour 20 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Brodetto (Fish Stew) Ancona-Style easily:

  1. 1 Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, Dutch oven, or preferably a clay pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, carrot, celery, bay leaves, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. 2 Stir in the mashed tomatoes and cook for 15 minutes over medium heat. Add the fish. Pour in the vinegar or wine. Cook until the liquid has almost evaporated, about 10 minutes; pour in the fish stock. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. 3 Gently mix in the clams. Cook until clams have opened (discard any that don't open) about 2 minutes, and then stir in the shrimp. Cook until the shrimp are pink, about 3 minutes.
  4. 4 Place a slice of toasted bread in the bottom of each bowl. Ladle brodetto over the bread and serve immediately.


  • Cook's Notes
  • You can use 2 1/2 to 3 pounds of any mixed fish--swordfish, squid, red snapper, shrimp, clams, mussels, and lobster. Clean the clams and mussels well and put them into the stew whole. When I make brodetto for a large group, I cook the whole lobster in the stew, then remove the meat from the tail, chop it, and put it in the stew. I put the whole remaining lobster shell on top for presentation.
  • Some versions of brodetto use saffron instead of red pepper flakes and white wine instead of vinegar. You can substitute rice for the bread, as well.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 395 calories; 7.4 grams of fat; 31.9 grams of carbohydrates; 48.3 grams of protein; 125 milligrams of cholesterol; 1006 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Dec 11th 2017

    I used white wine, large shrimp, pacific sea bass and halibut… it was spot on deliciousness! Trying to decide on what seafood for the next batch!

  2. Apr 13th 2017

    This is a great dish. However, the recipe needs modification. When I made it with Red Snapper ($27 per lb) the fish disintegrated in small crumbles. Obviously the recipe's 23 minutes of c ...

  3. Mar 22nd 2016

    I made no changes.

  4. Aug 5th 2015

    So, let me first say that this was a pretty big hit at my house. My family loved it. I agree with Suyen below.

  5. May 27th 2014

    Wonderful—something I'd happily order in a restaurant. I had some homemade salmon stock that I wanted to do something special with. I used snapper, clams, and shrimp, and used the variatio ...

  6. Dec 24th 2012

    Hailing from Veneto, and having a home in Puglia, on the Adriatic, Brodetto di Pesce, is a staple holiday and special occasion dish for us. I had just encountered Jason´s recipe this mornin ...

  7. May 27th 2012

    Really awesome recipe! It was so delicious. I was nervous about making it at first because I had never really made a stew before let alone something with this many ingredients, but it came o ...

  8. Jan 7th 2011

    Let me begin by saying that my family loved this recipe. I thought it was good, but for some reason I felt that it needed something else to give it 5 stars. I added a bit more oil to vegetab ...