White Cioppino with Kale (Seafood Stew)

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It might not be officially fall, but it feels somewhat fall-ish here in Alaska. The temps have dropped, the leaves are falling, and I have the sudden urge to make Dairy Free Peppermint Hot Cocoa (a stevia sweetened version of it anyways) and wear my goose down vest. I’m sad to have to say goodbye to summer, and especially the lack of daylight, but I do love fall. It’s my favorite season, and you have to admit, there is something extra special about enjoying a piping hot bowl of soup when the weather is chilly.

DSC_0542 (Large)I’ve been holding on to this recipe for while. I’m not quite sure what I was waiting for, but since sharing my Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers a few weeks ago I wanted to continue to share with you my love of the ocean and fresh seafood. I’m going home to Kodiak, Alaska within a few weeks for a visit, and I can’t wait. It’s been 9 years since I’ve been back to the island I consider my home. The ocean is unavoidable there, and so is its smell. I think that when you are raised on an island in the middle of an ocean saltwater and seaweed run in your blood. It’s almost like a drug or an addiction you can’t ever get over, that’s constantly calling your name and beckoning you back. This White Cioppino with Kale (Seafood Stew), reminds me of home. Its broth is rich and full of flavor from the sea – with halibut, shrimp and clams. 

Cioppino is traditionally a tomato based seafood stew, but I guess I’m a nonconformist when it comes to my food. And the fresh kale from our local farm is not only aesthetically pleasing (it reminds me of seaweed floating in the ocean), but is delicious and hardy – not to mention good for you.

White Seafood Cioppino

I’m headed to Kodiak by myself, for a girl’s trip with one of my best friends that’s flying up from Idaho. I’m a little hesitant to leave my kiddos and hubby, but I’m really looking forward to getting away. I still have plenty of really good friends in Kodiak, so my time will be full of catching up and visiting the shoreline. I hope to get some good pictures of the sites and wildlife while I’m there. The sea lions generally hang out on the harbor docks, so they should at least be easy to find. 😉 Make sure you follow me on Instagram – I’ll be sharing photos from the island there! 

White Cioppino with Kale (Seafood Stew)
Serves: 6 servings
  • 3 tablespoon ghee, coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup good tasting chardonnay wine (I prefer Kendall Jackson)
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 14 ounces canned coconut milk, full fat
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1-2 jalapenos, seeded and minced (optional)
  • 1 pound halibut, cod, or other firm white fish, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, shelled and de-veined
  • 1 pound manila clams, rinsed well
  • 1 bunch kale, removed from stem and chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • Sea salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste
  1. In a large Dutch oven, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add in the chopped onion, season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, and cook until soft. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let the onions cook for another 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.
  2. Increase the heat to high and add the wine, chicken broth, coconut milk, dried parsley and jalapenos (if desired). When the broth starts to boil, add the fish and cook for 5 minutes. Add the shrimp, clams, and kale and cook for another 5 minutes or until the clams fully open and the shrimp are bright pink.
  3. Taste and add additional sea salt & fresh ground pepper if necessary. Serve immediately.

Parents, be warned – if your children are anything like ours, they will try their hardest to talk you into keeping all of the clam shells!

All my love,

This recipe is linked to Fat Tuesdays and Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, and Allergy Free Wednesdays.


  1. Ashley says

    This looks fantastic! And YAY for a trip back to Kodiak! I loooove that place and miss it terribly when I’m away- I can’t even imagine how hard that must be for you! You’re gonna have a blast. We plan to go over sometime between Aug 25 and Sept 10. Maybe we’ll see you while we’re in town for a good old Kodiak reunion :)

  2. says

    Yum! I’ve been waiting for this recipe, and I am making it tonight!!! Thanks for posting it. Enjoy your trip back home – I’ll be with you in spirit!

  3. says

    Oh Megan.

    This is just gorgeous!!! We just returned home from a family vacation (by the sea, in Monterey). I would have LOVED to find something like this to eat. Everything is full of dairy as you know. I’m craving the flavors of the sea and would love to bring some of that home. This looks like just the dish.

    My husband, Scott, was raised just 1/2 mile from the beach in a small town 20 minutes south of San Francisco. It’s always foggy, cold (like 55 degrees), drizzly, and gloomy…and he LOVES every bit of it. So I know (via Scott) what you’re talking about with the coastal weather. I was raised in the sunshine with hot summers (115 degrees is quite common). So when we visit anywhere on the coast and it’s foggy I get sort of frumpy, but Scott gets very…happy and calm. He just melts into it. I look at him and say, “It’s like home, right babe” and he just smiles at me. As mentioned above, we just returned home from Monterey which is a gorgeous part of the Northern California coastline. It was very cold and foggy the first few days, but the last two were my kinda weather (sunny and warm) and it was such a great way to celebrate my birthday!!

    And girl, we are so far from fall in my neck of the woods (if you can believe it, we won’t drop temps until a few weeks after Halloween) but I totally know what you’re talking about with the soup, plush cuddly clothes, and those comforting warm drinks. I can’t wait for the next change of season to arrive. Fall is always welcomed after our hot summers.

    So you have a WONDERFUL girl’s trip. You deserve it. I get away once a year with my girl friends and I love it. Scott stays home with the kiddos and they have a great time with Daddy. It’s important for the mommies to get away and reconnect. Enjoy, enjoy!!!!


    • Megan says

      Hi Amber,
      Thank you so much! :) I hope you guys had a wonderful time on your mini-vaca! I’ve never been to Monterey before, but I’ve heard it’s lovely, and 55 and foggy sounds just right. 😉

      Happy Birthday to you, sweet friend of mine! It has been such a joy getting to know you through Facebook and your blog. I always enjoy reading your posts and seeing your pictures. I truly hope one of these days we will get to meet!

      Hope you guys have an awesome, awesome weekend!!
      Love & Hugs,

  4. says

    I grew up on Cape Cod and just got back from a visit. The ocean is magical, isn’t it? Every day, I’d head to the local fish shop to buy a fresh catch of the day for lunch, and I spent every afternoon at the beach. Bliss. Have fun! And thanks for this delicious-looking recipe.

    • Megan says

      Hi Eileen! Thank you! :) And I totally agree, the ocean is magical. I love it – and I’m so thankful there are others who understand my obsession with it. :)


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