One Pot 30 Minute Seafood Stew

You’ll want to savor the flavors of this 30 minute seafood stew. Chock full of fish, shrimp and scallops with a fresh tomato base flavored with parsley & spices, it makes the perfect fresh, healthy dinner for a busy weeknight. Bonus! It’s all made in one pot so cleanup is a breeze. Gluten-free, low carb and paleo compliant.

Closeup of seafood stew in brown bowl with crusty roll on side.

Easy Fish Stew with Scallops

My husband has been making this 30 minute seafood stew for years now. He found a recipe many years ago for Dad’s fish stew and adapted it so he could add all the seafood and seasonings we preferred. It has become his favorite meal to cook for dinner when he’s in the kitchen and our family’s favorite to eat. 🙂

30 Minute Seafood Stew ingredients | 2 Cookin Mamas

This seafood stew with scallops is a quick and easy meal, takes less than 30 minutes, and not only satisfies the hungriest appetites but will warm everyone up from the inside out on the cold winter days ahead. All that aside, it’s also a healthy, low carb and gluten-free meal. Plenty of lean protein and omega 3’s from the seafood and Vitamins E, A & C plus plenty of potassium and fiber from the tomatoes. The fresh parsley and herbs give this stew a wonderful, fresh flavor and the hot sauce does the rest. You can spice it up as much as you’d like or leave out the hot sauce for a milder flavor perfect for younger children.

overhead of bowl and pot of stew on wooden table with gold napkin and fall leaves.

It’s all made in one large pot, just like my One Skillet Shepherd’s Pie and Chicken & Tortellini Skillet, so there is little cleanup involved. Just the way I like it!

Pro Tip: It’s a good idea to have everything cut up and ready to go before you start as it goes together much like a stir fry with one ingredient after the other until it is done.

How to Make One Pot Seafood Stew

Steps to make easy fish stew.

  1. Start out by sauteing the onions and garlic. Then add fresh parsley and cook for a few minutes.
  2. Stir in tomatoes and tomato paste and simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour in all liquid ingredients including that all important clam juice!
  4. Add all seafood, stir, and cook for 10 minutes.

Serving of fish stew in brown bowl on wooden table with pot of stew in background.

Suggested Sides for Seafood Stew with Scallops

  • A loaf of crusty bread is the perfect accompaniment to absorb all the delicious broth.
  • You can also add a chopped salad or caesar salad to round out your servings of greens.
  • Always add a jar of hot sauce for those that like it spicy.
  • And don’t forget that glass of white wine. Just sayin’! 

30 Minute Seafood Stew bite | 2 Cookin Mamas

Ladle into bowls and serve with that hot crusty bread so you can sop up all that delicious broth. Now, take a bite and savor the flavor. 

30 Minute Seafood Stew tall dinner | 2 Cookin Mamas

The broth is rich and savory while the seafood is tender and just melts in your mouth. You’ll be wishing you made more but it’s a long winter so there’ll be plenty of time to make it again in the months to come. Enjoy!

More Seafood Recipes to Enjoy

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Air Fryer Tuna Patties from 2CM

Pan Fried Garlic Butter Prawns from The Greedy Gourmet

Seared Sea Scallops over Garlic Spinach from 2CM

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A one pot 30 minute seafood stew that's full of fish, shrimp, scallops, fresh tomatoes & spices. It's a fresh, hearty & healthy dinner for busy weeknights.
5 from 5 votes
Print Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 448kcal
Author: Linda Warren


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped or 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 8 oz clam juice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1-4 drops of hot sauce (depending on heat desired)
  • 1 lb. firm white fish fillets such as cod, halibut, tilapia
  • 1/2 lb. shrimp, peeled, deveined, cut in half if using large shrimp
  • 1/2 lb. sea scallops, cut in half


  • In a large pot heat oil over medium-high heat. Saute onions and garlic for 5 minutes.
  • Add parsley and continue cooking for another 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and tomato paste, stir and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add clam juice, wine, seasonings, fish, scallops and shrimp. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Ladle into bowls immediately and serve piping hot.


Suggested Sides for Seafood Stew with Scallops

  • A loaf of crusty bread is the perfect accompaniment to absorb all the delicious broth.
  • You can also add a chopped salad or caesar salad to round out your servings of greens.
  • Always add a jar of hot sauce for those that like it spicy.
  • And don't forget that glass of white wine. Just sayin'! 


Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 213mg | Sodium: 1589mg | Potassium: 1008mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2091IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 4mg

This post has been updated with step-by-step instructions and serving suggestions. It was first published on October 29, 2017.

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    05/11/2020 at 10:34 am

    This was so easy (and delicious!) to make. I had some leftover frozen halibut from a frozen fish delivery from a few months ago, and it was absolutely perfect. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be sure to make this one again once my new seafood delivery comes in.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      05/11/2020 at 11:17 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! Glad to know for the future that halibut works well in this recipe too!

  • Reply
    Denay DeGuzman
    01/24/2020 at 9:53 am

    5 stars
    I just made this delicious seafood stew. It is fantastic! Thank you so much for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      01/24/2020 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you! So happy you liked it! I do love all the fresh seafood that goes into making it.

  • Reply
    01/24/2020 at 9:34 am

    5 stars
    This was so good and a nice change from our usual clam chowder.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      01/24/2020 at 3:12 pm

      Glad you liked it! It’s one of my favorites.

  • Reply
    Claudia Lamascolo
    01/17/2020 at 5:09 pm

    5 stars
    I love fish stew and everyone here would love a big bowl of this recipe everything in it is what we adore!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      01/20/2020 at 10:15 am

      It’s perfect for the seafood lover in all of us!

  • Reply
    01/17/2020 at 5:08 pm

    5 stars
    Made this for the family and it was a hit!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      01/20/2020 at 10:15 am

      Yay! It’s the perfect time of year to serve this warmer-upper for dinner too.

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