20 Minute Seafood Stew

This 20-minute seafood stew has a light broth made from tomatoes, garlic, fresh herbs and white wine. Plus it’s packed full of fresh cod and shrimp. 

This 20 minute seafood stew has a light broth made from tomatoes, garlic, fresh herbs and white wine. Plus it's packed full of fresh cod and shrimp.

Can we talk about my weird-ass love for oldies music? I’m not even kidding when I say that 2 out of the 4 channels on my Pandora (yes I still listen to Pandora) are for golden era type of oldies. Actually, if you want to get technical all my channels are really “oldies” since they are as follows:

  • 90’s hip hop
  • 90’s country
  • Golden oldies
  • Classic country

So really depending on my mood you can find me jamming in several different ways. I’ll either be cursing along to rap, reminiscing about beer drinking next to bonfires in high school, pretending I’m my dad’s age by loving all golden oldies OR thinking about the times I used to watch the Grand Ole Opry with my grandparents. I’m really a big ball of weird when it comes to music. 

This 20 minute seafood stew has a light broth made from tomatoes, garlic, fresh herbs and white wine. Plus it's packed full of fresh cod and shrimp.

So while I’m probably never change when it comes to my music one thing that has changed over time is my willingness to try foods I used to hate. When I was a kid I would cry if forced to eat fish. My step-dad would make beer battered perch and I would sit at the table crying about how I hated it. Every. Single. Time. He would swear he didn’t know I hated fish and would force me to eat it. So there I sat for hours crying while plugging my nose and trying to eat cold, soggy battered fish. No Bueno.

When I got older I realized I was being totally irrational and I needed to get my shit together and start eating fish. It’s good for me and according to most people in my life, it’s pretty delicious. So in the past few years, I have slowly been incorporating more fish into my diet. That’s why when I reached out to Sizzlefish to see if they wanted to work together I was psyched when they said “absolutely!”

I got to try out their Paleo Primal Plus pack and it was full of delicious goodies – cod, shrimp, scallops, 2 types of salmon, haddock, and sablefish. Which if you haven’t guessed it I used some of that goodness in this delicious soup. The thing I loved best about Sizzlefish was that the food was brought to my door. That’s right. You place an order and it’s delivered all nice and cold right to your door. It’s also mean no staring weirdly at the fish case thinking to yourself “ummm what is all of this stuff and which one will I like?”

This 20 minute seafood stew has a light broth made from tomatoes, garlic, fresh herbs and white wine. Plus it's packed full of fresh cod and shrimp.

Besides this stew just being plain delicious, it’s ready in just about 20 minutes. The seafood only takes a couple minutes so you drop it in right at the end and in no time you’re sitting down to a hearty bowl of stew that is best when served with a side of bread to sop up all that broth. I also made some (totally optional) buttery toasted herb panko crumbs. They were the perfect little crunch for the top of the stew. I also served each bowl with its own lemon wedge because if you’re like me you love citrus everything and it’s perfect with seafood.

Am I right?

{Looking for more soup recipe? Try my Chicken and Chard Tortilla Soup, Butternut Squash Minestrone Soup, Roasted Cauliflower Fennel Leek Soup or my Dutch Split Pea Soup.}


20 Minute Seafood Stew

This 20 minute seafood stew has a light broth made from tomatoes, garlic, fresh herbs and white wine. Plus it's packed full of fresh cod and shrimp.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


For soup:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Italian seasoned diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup seafood stock
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound skinned cod, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 pound fresh large (31-35) shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Kosher salt, to taste

For panko crumbs: 

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste


Slightly adapted from Food52


For soup:
In a 6-quart soup pot add olive oil and set over medium heat. Once the oil is slightly warm add in the garlic and saute for a few minutes so the garlic is fragrant but not browning.

Stir in the tomatoes, stock, wine and crushed red pepper. Let simmer for about 10 minutes just to help the flavors come together.

After about 10 minutes add in the cod and shrimp. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes just to cook through the seafood. This step could take less time and you don't want it to overcook so keep an eye on the food.

Once finished cooking remove from the heat and stir in basil, parsley and lemon juice. Taste and season with desired amount of kosher salt.

Optional: top with buttery herbed panko crumbs

For panko crumbs:
In a small skillet set over medium heat add butter. Once the butter is melted add in remaining ingredients. Cook for about 5 minutes just to get the panko crumbs nice and toasted brown.

Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post but I was provided with free fish and seafood to test out Sizzlefish. As always all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own. 

This 20 minute seafood stew has a light broth made from tomatoes, garlic, fresh herbs and white wine. Plus it's packed full of fresh cod and shrimp.


27 Responses to “20 Minute Seafood Stew”

  1. #
    Christie — February 8, 2016 at 7:54 am

    This is the kind of meal I love to make for date night. It looks fancy and tastes divine but is actually so easy.

  2. #
    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer — February 8, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Still in awe how you manage these meals with such little cooking time! You are amazing! And I love me some Oldies (my Dad does not understand how his little girl loves his music but then enjoys Metal, lol.)

  3. #
    Stephanie — February 8, 2016 at 10:02 am

    20 minutes and loaded with seafood? Sign me up!

  4. #
    heather @french press — February 8, 2016 at 10:23 am

    this is a meal my husband would flip for! he is all about the seafood stew

  5. #
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — February 8, 2016 at 11:26 am

    So elegant! I’d like that for dinner ANY night!

  6. #
    Danae @ Recipe Runner — February 8, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Oldies are the best, so much more upbeat than some of today’s music. This seafood stew looks so good! I’m jealous that you have access to such great seafood live near the coast, that’s the one thing that sucks about living in Colorado. Perfect easy recipe!

  7. #
    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen — February 8, 2016 at 11:50 am

    If I could only eat fish and seafood as my proteins for the rest of my life, I would be (mostly) happy. (Mostly because bacon!) This is totally my kind of soup, I have to make a pot soon.

  8. #
    Megan — February 8, 2016 at 11:52 am

    20 minutes! That’s so exciting. Most of the seafood stews and soups I think of making but never do look like extreme labors of love and suffering (cioppino). Looks delicious!

  9. #
    Laura O @PetiteAllergyTreats — February 8, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    20 minute easy meals are always welcomed! This looks like comfort food too!

  10. #
    Serene @ House of Yumm — February 8, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Ok, I totally love your music selection. I always find myself turning to my 90s stations. And this soup looks amazing! Love how fast it is to put it together.

  11. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — February 8, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I can’t pass up a meal that only takes 20 minutes to make! Sold!

  12. #
    Erin — February 8, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Awww… I have tearful memories crying over haddock back in ritz cracker crumbs. And now … I could eat fish every freaking day! If only I had the budget. 😉 I have never heard of sizzlefish!! I need to check them out. And, of course, this recipe looks amazing. So making it! I bet my kids would devour it, too. Thankfully my kids have a better attitude about fish than I did.

  13. #
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — February 8, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Every time I see a seafood stew I immediately conjure up the image of Julia Child’s video on making bouillabaisse where she’s chucking in whole fish heads and such! 🙂 Yours is much more approachable and it looks delicious!

  14. #
    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — February 8, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Welcome to the fish club!! This looks just amazing, and for only 20 minutes, wow!

  15. #
    Julie @ Texan New Yorker — February 8, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I love oldies too! 🙂 🙂

    This stew looks wonderful! I love using seafood in stews, they come together so quickly!

  16. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — February 9, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I love old songs too! When we were down in Wilmington the other weekend my best friends niece was like, “Angie, Why is all of your music soooo OLD!” — well kid..because I’m 30 haha. I have spotify but I have play lists from High school, I have a playlist of the songs I use to listen to on my mom’s record player, songs from the 90s haha. I love it. I can rap the new stuff and the stuff from my high school days, Listen to Green Day behind that and Etta James all in the same hour on my playlist bahaha.
    I wasn’t a big fish eater up until a few years ago and I’m still working on finding recipes that we’ll love. Gotta give this a try! I bet Thomas and I would love this one night after work!

  17. #
    Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog — February 9, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I love how fast seafood dinners come together. This stew sounds delish!

  18. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — February 9, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    I’m with Angie! My playlists are very 90s-based. 90s hip hop like you but then a lot of grunge. I still listen to Pearl Jam 90% of the time. 😀 My father was born in 1940 so I’ve had enough oldies for a lifetime. 😉

    This stew looks great! I’ve never even thought of using seafood in a stew.

  19. #
    Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner — February 9, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I’m a classic rock gal all the way! This stew is a great non-meat meal. The broth looks so good!

  20. #
    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — February 9, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    See – I’m more of an 80s gal – more like late 80s but my iTunes library is all over the map – current, oldies, rock, dance, pop, R&B. I love this stew Brandy – with Lent coming up, I’m definitely always looking for fabulous seafood recipes 🙂

  21. #
    lauren kelly — February 10, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    My family would love this and I love the fact that it’s ready in 20 minutes! And I love 80’s and 90’s music ????

  22. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — February 10, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Can we talk for a second how the “Oldies” is now stuff from the 90’s?!?! Well, fine, we’re getting old. and that means I haven o time to waste – I need to make this!!

  23. #
    Lora @savoringitaly — February 11, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Hahaha! I listen to Pandora, too! I have 90’s music on a lot of the times, and I love oldies tunes because they remind me of my dad!!! Yes, for adding more seafood to your diet. This is something I will want to make tonight to end this cold day in a tasty and comforting way!!

  24. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — February 11, 2016 at 10:36 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I’m going on a fish and seafood challenge shortly, and adding this recipe to my menu list!

  25. #
    The-FoodTrotter — February 13, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I can smell the scent of this delicious broth through the screen! I love your recipe, simple, comforting, I completely need to try that home 🙂

  26. #
    Adrienne — December 9, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    You forgot the “e” in “wine” in the soup directions. I stared at “win” until finally I realized “wine” was intended! You might want to fix that. Otherwise, thanks for this. It looks amazing.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — December 18th, 2016 @ 9:40 pm

      Hi Adrienne! Thank you for letting me know! I changed it within the recipe 🙂

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