My sis Helen gave me this recipe many (many, many)years ago and it has never failed to please. If you use fresh ingredients then prep time is longer then cook time but it's worth it.. I've done it both ways and it was delicious either way.
Scrub clams well and drain.
Rinse shrimp under cold running water. Remove shells, devein (with small knife slit alon back and lift out vein) Rinse and drain.
Rinse scallops and drain.
Rinse halibut and drain. Cut halibut in two inch pieces.
Heat oil in 4 quart pot or dutch oven.
Saute onions and garlic for 5 minutes or until onion is golden.
Add tomatoes, salt fennel seed, pepper, orange rind, and saffron.
Stir in clam juice and water.
Bring to boil.
Add clams, boil 2 minutes or until clams open.
Add shrimp, scallops, and halibut making sure liquid covers all.
Cover pot and cook over medium-low heat 10-12 minutes or until halibut flakes when tested with a fork.
NOTE: Clams are also available in the shell packed in cans or shucked and canned whole....You may use 1 pound bag frozen shelled deveined raw shrimp, 1 pound bag frozen scallops and 1 pound frozen halibut in place of fresh