Recipe courtesy of Michelle Bernstein

Sopa de Mariscos: Seafood Stew/Soup, Using a Sofrito

  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 cup sofrito, recipe follows

4 cups fish stock or clam juice

12 clams, cleaned

1 pound sea bass fillet, cut into large chunks

1 pound shrimp (16/20 per pound size), cleaned

12 mussels, cleaned

1 cup calamari (squid), cleaned and sliced

1 tomato, small diced

1/2 cup yellow pepper, small diced

2 limes, juiced

1 bunch cilantro

Salt and pepper, to taste

Sofrito: A Base for Many Dishes:

1 ounce bacon (about 1 strip), whole (smoked if available)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper

1 cup chopped red onion

4 cloves garlic

1/4 teaspoon minced habanero or Scotch bonnet

1/4 teaspoon minced jalapeno

Pinch saffron

6 to 8 ounces dry Spanish sherry

1/2 cup cream, if desired


  1. In a deep saute pan or fry skillet combine sofrito with fish stock or clam juice on medium low heat whisking frequently until heated through. Add the clams, sea bass and shrimp. Cook for 1 minute. Add the mussels and calamari, and cook until all shellfish open. Finish with tomatoes, yellow pepper, lime juice, cilantro, and salt and pepper, to taste.

Sofrito: A Base for Many Dishes:

  1. In a sauce pot set on medium, cook the bacon in the olive oil for 30 seconds. Add red and yellow peppers, onions, and garlic, and saute until soft. Add the habanero, jalapeno, and saffron, cook for 1 minute. Add the sherry and cream if desired. Reduce by 1/4, cool and puree in a blender.
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