If you have trouble finding lobster, you can substitute peeled cooked shrimp instead.
- 1 cup white wine, or 1 cup water and the juice of 1 lemon
- 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed with beards removed
- 1 1/2 pounds littleneck clams (about 12 clams in their shells)
- 6 small Yukon Gold or red potatoes (the size of walnuts) or fingerling potatoes, sliced into coins
- 1 can (16 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes and their juices
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 1 pound skinless boneless haddock, halibut, or other firm-fleshed white fish, cut into 6 even-sized pieces
- 1/2 pound cooked lobster, out of the shell and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 Prepare the mussels: In a large pot, pour in the wine or water and lemon juice. Add the mussels, cover the pot, and bring the liquid to a boil over medium-high heat. Watch the pan carefully because the liquid tends to spill out when it boils. Once boiling, lower the heat and cook the mussels for 2 minutes or until they open. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the mussels to a bowl. Discard any that are not open.
2 Prepare the clams in the same pot: Add the clams to the cooking liquid, cover, and return to a boil. Lower the heat and cook the clams for 2 minutes or until they open. Set a colander over a bowl. Line the colander with a double layer of paper towels. Tip the clams and their liquid into the colander – this helps strain out any sand or grit. Save the cooking liquid. Discard any clams that are not open.
3 Cook the potatoes in a separate pot: Combine the potatoes, a large pinch of salt, and water to cover in a separate pot. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and set on the cover askew. Simmer the potatoes for 8 minutes or until they are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside.
4 Puree the tomatoes: In a blender, combine the tomatoes and their juice. Pulse until the mixture is coarsely pureed.
5 Make the tomato broth: In the same pot used to cook the shellfish, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock and the leftover liquid from cooking the mussels and clams. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and cover with the lid slightly ajar. Simmer for 10 minutes to reduce the broth and combine the flavors.
6 Cook the fish: Add the fish pieces to the tomato broth; they should be not quite submerged. Cover the pot and cook for 5 minutes. The fish will be firm but not quite cooked through; it will finish cooking in the next steps.
7 Add the cooked mussels, clams, lobster, and potatoes to the pot: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of parsley over the fish, then add the mussels, clams, lobster meat, and cooked potatoes to the pot. Ladle some of the broth over top. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. Spoon more broth over top, cover, and continue cooking for 2 minutes more, or until all the shellfish is hot.
8 Serve the stew: Divide the stew between bowls, making sure to get plenty of broth. Sprinkle with the remaining 3 tablespoons parsley.