20 Minute Italian Seafood Stew Recipe- this seafood pasta is a classic Italian recipe made by fisherman’s wives using a variety of seafood making a small amount go a long way. Similar to cioppino, this recipe uses couscous for a satisfying and easy meal. www.savoryexperiments.com

Italian Seafood Stew

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: italian seafood stew, italian stew
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 574 kcal
Italian Seafood Stew is a quick seafood recipe using couscous, tomatoes, currants and caper berries. This Italian stew comes together in just 20 minutes from start to finish! 


  • 1 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 cup Israeli or pearl couscous
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons yellow onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves thinly sliced or minced*
  • 4 tablespoons dried currants
  • 1 tablespoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cups canned plain tomato sauce
  • 1-2 pounds fresh seafood cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup caper berries drained
  • Maldon sea salt extra virgin olive oil and scallions


  1. Fill a medium sauce pan half way with water, salt with 1 tablespoon Kosher salt and bring to a boil.
  2. Boil Israeli couscous for 2 minutes, stirring to prevent clumps. Drain and then submerge in ice water to cool and stop cooking process. When cooled, drain again and set aside.
  3. In a Dutch oven or large sauce pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add pine nuts, onion, garlic, currants and dried red pepper flakes, saute for 2 minutes, or until vegetables have started to soften.
  4. Add white wine and tomato sauce, bringing to a simmer. Add couscous, increasing heat to a low boil.
  5. Lastly, add seafood and caper berries, cooking for an additional 3-4 minutes or until seafood is just cooked.
  6. Serve immediately, garnishing with Maldon sea salt, extra virgin olive oil and scallions, if desired.
  7. If you've tried this recipe come back and let us know how it was! 

Recipe Notes

* Thinly sliced is faster and will have a milder garlic flavor, while mincing will produce more garlicky taste.

Nutrition Facts
Italian Seafood Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 574 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 285mg95%
Sodium 3913mg170%
Potassium 832mg24%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 1155IU23%
Vitamin C 16.2mg20%
Calcium 227mg23%
Iron 6.1mg34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.