Rich Fish Chowder

Finding a nice, rich fish chowder recipe had been on my list for ages.  I love fish… and eat a lot of soup.  How could I not have a fish soup recipe?

This rich fish chowder makes a delicious entree or starter soup. With simple ingredients & full flavor, it is perfect for everyday or special occasions.

Rich Fish Chowder, Served

In truth, I think the idea scared me. 

I was afraid a rich fish chowder would be fattening.  Or expensive (the one my mother used to make practically required a bank loan). Or would require months of testing.  

This rich fish chowder makes a delicious entree or starter soup. With simple ingredients & full flavor, it is perfect for everyday or special occasions.But recently one of my “blogging friends,” David of Cocoa and Lavender, made a beautiful cod chowder.  Since I know he has great taste, I threw caution to the wind. 

The original used leeks, but my leftover onions worked fine.

I made it with no additional research, modifying it only to accommodate what I had on hand.  My modifications along with the original ingredient list are shown in the recipe.

A mandoline made slicing fingerlings quick & easy

The resulting rich, fish chowder was everything I expected!  Simple but superbly flavorful…  Yes!   

The one ingredient that might have thrown me, seafood broth, was actually a cinch. This rich fish chowder makes a delicious entree or starter soup. With simple ingredients & full flavor, it is perfect for everyday or special occasions.

For years, I have been making meat broth by freezing scraps until I have enough to turn into broth.  I am now doing this with shrimp shells (I prefer to cook with raw shrimp whose juices add flavor), leftover sauce from mussels in wine, etc.  Of course, commercial broth is an option (for people without OCD).  

Just don’t wait as long as I did!  

Rich Fish Chowder
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
365 calories
25 g
95 g
16 g
25 g
9 g
504 g
1097 g
6 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
504g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 365
Calories from Fat 142
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
25%
Saturated Fat 9g
46%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 95mg
32%
Sodium 1097mg
46%
Total Carbohydrates 25g
8%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
25%
Calcium
15%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces side pork, diced (aka pork belly. Salt pork or even bacon may be used)
  2. 1/2 - 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (omit if using salt pork)
  3. 1 tablespoon butter
  4. 3 cups thinly sliced onions (or 4 cups sliced leeks, from 3 large leeks)
  5. 1/2 cup dry white wine
  6. 2 cups stock from seafood
  7. ½ pound fingerling potatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  8. 1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 6 sprigs fresh)
  9. 1 1/2 cups half-and-half*
  10. 10 ounces cod, or other white fish, cut into 2-inch chunks
Instructions
  1. Fry diced side pork in a large saucepan until browned and crisp. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, butter and onions and cook until onions are very soft but not caramelized. (They will be a bit brown from the pork juices)
  2. Add wine, stock, potatoes and thyme. Cook for 5 minutes. Add cod chunks and cook another 5-10 minutes until cod is cooked through.
  3. Add half & half and heat until just hot.Taste and adjust salt as needed.
  4. Enjoy.
Notes
  1. *original recipe used 2 cups. I only had 1 1/2 cups left and that worked fine--and cut the calories slightly!
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calories
365
fat
16g
protein
25g
carbs
25g
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14 thoughts on “Rich Fish Chowder

  1. Louise

    Kudos to you Inger for taking the plunge! I’ve had a hankering to make a fish chowder for ages. Your post is inspring not to mention gorgeous to look at too!!! Thanks for sharing…

    1. Inger

      As I mentioned, it wasn’t hard at all Louise. The version my mother used to make (without a recipe of course) had shrimp, scallops, etc and I think got me intimidated. No need!

  2. Juliana

    I have never made fish chowder, but can see myself enjoying it…and very much. Thanks for the recipe Inger…I should give this a try one of this days.

  3. David

    Inger- your chowder looks perfect! Thanks so much for the shout out! Chowder is ridiculously easy and can be made with so many varieties of fish! All yummy!

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