California Living dishes story behind Sam’s Anchor Cafe Crab Cioppino

California Living® is all about enjoying good food like authentic "sams tiburon crab cioppino" with great friends.

California Living ® is all about enjoying authentic food like Sam’s Anchor Cafe’s Crab Cioppino.

California Living ® TV personality and Party Girl Diet™ book author Aprilanne Hurley loves recipes that have a “story”.

Read on to score the coveted, authentic recipe for “Sam’s Tiburon crab cioppino” – Sam’s Anchor Cafe’s famous recipe with a story.

During one of our California Living® TV shoots on-location at Sam’s Anchor Cafe in Tiburon, California, we discovered that the coveted, authentic version of “sams tiburon crab cioppino” we are sharing here with you is the original San Francisco style Crab Cioppino recipe created in the early days of Sam’s Anchor Cafe.

The “early days” for Sam’s Anchor Cafe date back to almost a century ago.  As the story goes, at the end of a long day of pier fishing in San Francisco, the fishermen would
“chip in” some of their catch for the day to create a “seafood stew” to be enjoyed by the tired, hungry fishermen.  Fresh herbs and spices were used to give the dish, now called Cioppino it’s earthy flavor, with fish stock and diced/crushed tomatoes creating the soup’s broth base.

Now just like old Sam himself, Sam’s Tiburon Crab Cioppino is a spicy dish with a nice kick to it.  We have been told that even after decades in business, Sam’s Crab Cioppino Recipe has only been modified slightly over the years to make preparation easier.  For instance, the crab is cracked, and the crabmeat is picked out of the shells ahead of time to enhance the patrons’ dining pleasure.

California Living ® host Aprilanne Hurley recommends you check out the Lodge at Tiburon for a great California Living® Travel Getaway.

California Living® host Aprilanne Hurley recommends you check out the Lodge at Tiburon for a great California Living® Travel Getaway.

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The Lodge at Tiburon

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The following “sams tiburon crab cioppino” recipe was originally featured on CALIFORNIA LIVING® with host Aprilanne Hurley and is compliments of the famed Sam’s Anchor Cafe located in the town of Tiburon, Calif. on the San Francisco Bay waterfront.

Perhaps one of the most famous San Francisco seafood dishes of all time, Sam’s Anchor Cafe’s authentic Crab Cioppino is the perfect dish to make ahead & serve a crowd. ~ Aprilanne Hurley, author of The Party Girl Diet™

Score the authentic "sams tiburon" San Francisco style Crab Cioppino Recipe featured on California Living® with host Aprilanne Hurley.

Score this San Francisco style Crab Cioppino Recipe featured on California Living® with host Aprilanne Hurley.

Sam’s Anchor Cafe Crab Cioppino Recipe

Wine Pairing Suggestion:

Pair with Pinot Noir or your favorite Red Wine.

Ingredients:  Serves 2:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 prawns
  • 8 clams
  • 8 mussels
  • 6 ounces fresh fish (salmon or halibut)
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 4 cups lobster stock
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • Salt Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces fresh picked crab


  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the prawns, clams, mussels, fresh fish, red pepper, onion, tomato, garlic, chili flakes, basil, oregano, rosemary, and parsley and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the lobster stock and then stir in the tomato puree.
  3. Cook until the clams and mussels open and sauce thickens, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. To serve, ladle into 2 bowls and garnish with lump crab meat and fresh, chopped chopped parsley.
The waterfront deck at "sams tiburon" is the place to be and be seen.

The waterfront deck at Sam’s Anchor Cafe is the place to be and be seen.

Sam’s Anchor Cafe is Party Girl Diet “Approved”.  A few years back, Sam’s Anchor Cafe co-owner – Brian Wilson made national news launching a campaign spotlighting Tiburon, California as the first “trans-fat free city” in the country.

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