A variation of a traditional chili recipe, this one is sure to
WOW your guests! This recipe requires preparation of the sauce
1 day in advance or at least several hours to allow cooling in the
Honestly, this is a labor of love type of chili. The sauce
needs to be prepared ahead in addition to the work involved with the
seafood preparation. The work is well worth the effort though.
Properly prepared seafood makes an exquisite meal. Be sure to
watch the seafood closely during cooking. Overcooking clams,
scallops or shrimp makes the seafood chewy and not enjoyable to eat.
The sauce for this recipe is very versatile. You don't have
to use it for just the seafood chili. It can be eaten over
pasta without any added seafood. A bit of tofu or tempeh would
also absorb the flavors of the sauce very well and would add a good
amount of protein.
• 4 Tablespoons olive oil
• 2 cups chopped onion
• 2 leeks, white part only, chopped
• 10 garlic cloves, minced
• 5 Teaspoon dried oregano
• 35 oz Italian plum tomatoes, not drained
• 16 oz clam juice
• 2 Cups dry red wine
• 1/2 cup chili powder
• 5 Teaspoon toasted cumin seed
• 1 Tablespoon salt
• 1 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 2 medium red bell peppers, chopped
• 12 Littleneck clams
• 12 mussels, scrubbed and debearded
• 1 1/2 pound grouper cut into 1 inch pieces
• 12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
• 3/4 pound Bay scallops
• Fresh cilantro for serving
Seafood Chili Recipe Directions
Heat oil in heavy saucepan over low heat. Add onions and leeks.
Cover and cook until tender, usually about 15 minutes. Add
garlic and oregano, and cook another 10 minutes. Add tomatoes,
breaking up large pieces with a spatula. Stir in the clam
juice, wine, chili powder, cumin, salt and cayenne. Slowly
bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered for
1 hour. Add bell peppers and simmer for 20 minutes.
Bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to a brisk simmer.
Add clams and mussels. Cover and cook until shellfish open,
approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Discard any shellfish that do
not open. Gently stir in grouper and shrimp. Cover and
simmer for 2 minutes. Add scallops. Cover and simmer
until fish is just opaque, about 3 minutes.