Fish Chowder

Do you like fish chowder?  I love it but I never used to make it.  Then I found this recipe at Diana’s Kitchen last November and I’ve been making it ever since.  In fact, I made it last night and I took some pictures while I did.  Now you can make it, too!

I’m not going to put the actual recipe here, as I think that might violate copyright, but if you just click on the words Hearty Fish Chowder you will find the recipe.  Now just follow my pictures to see how easy this is.


You chop up some carrots and onions and saute them in butter.  The recipe calls for celery but I don’t use it.


And you chop up some potatoes and pour yourself a glass of wine.  Some people think the wine is optional but not me.


After the carrots and onions have softened you add the potatoes and then lay a 1 lb piece of fish on top.  Pour in a cup of white wine and let that simmer until the fish is done.  This is the part that I think is brilliant.  The fish basically poaches on top of the vegetables.  It stays firm this way and doesn’t get all cooked down into nothing like it would if you cut the fish up first.


This is what the fish looks like after 15 minutes or so.  It’s flaky and smells soooo good.


Then you just break up the fish with a wooden spoon, add some milk and a pat of butter and let it heat through.  Serve it with some warm bread from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day and you’ve got a wonderful meal for a chilly night.

Try it – you’ll like it!

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  1. margene Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 7:18 am

    It looks yummy!!

  2. Dinah O'Brien Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 7:29 am

    I saute my veggies in a little bacon fat from about 6 cut up slices of bacon. Then reserve the bacon and when you serve top each bowl with a few bacon chips. Yummy.

  3. Karen Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 8:15 am

    That looks delicious. My husband would love it.

  4. Liz Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 8:43 am

    Mmmm… this looks so tasty. I love fish but never cook it because I’m not good at it. But this looks like something even I can handle. I think I’ll try this recipe this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Anne Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 8:50 am

    If I can find fish out here in the middle of the high desert, this one is on my list! Our one grocery store here in town leaves a lot to be desired, but I adore chowder. Thanks for the recipe!!

  6. Wool Winder Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 9:18 am

    Looks delicious!

  7. Amy Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 9:23 am

    Wow, that looks fantastic!

  8. deb Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 9:32 am

    Well I know I would love that – but I would be alone. Except for maybe two kitties!

  9. Robin in VA Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 9:40 am

    Perfect!! I’ll be giving that a try tonight…the weather has cooled off chowder/stew/soups are perfect! THANKS!

  10. Mary K. in Rockport Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 9:47 am

    Carrots in fish chowder?! Oh, the horror! We do it the classic way here on Cape Ann. Steam the fish on top of the veg, yes. Ingredients: onions sauteed in bacon fat if you’ve got it (otherwise, butter and a splash of Liquid Smoke) a little water, sherry, salt, boiled potato, finish off by adding milk or light cream (seethed, not boiled) and a touch of ground pepper. That’s all. If you must have carrots, put’em in the salad on the side. And you call yourself a New Englander!

  11. Rhonda Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 10:15 am

    It looks wonderful. I know DD would like it. I am not sure about Japanese DH …milk/fish. But I am trying it this weekend anyway.

  12. Beth Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 10:18 am

    This looks great! I have fish on the menu for Saturday and I might change over to this recipe. What kind of fish do you use?

  13. Nora Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 10:21 am

    Oh, wonderful!! I like the bacon idea, too. Great photos, Carole!

  14. Vicki Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 10:22 am

    I am so making that. Door County (the “thumb” of Wisconsin) is a popular summertime tourist destination and there are several places that have regular, outdoor “fish boils” in huge kettles — it’s like a show all in itself and then you get to eat. I always think of any kind of fish soup as a big production, then, but it’s really not — not at all!

  15. Norma Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 10:35 am

    Mmmmmm, chowdahhhhh. I can smell it from here. Now I want some, and it’s not even lunchtime yet.

  16. Jamisyn Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 11:18 am

    That sounds so yummy. I may have to try it if I can find some good fish… Thanks for sharing!

  17. Lucia Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 11:22 am

    That looks great, and so easy! I am all about the easy.

  18. Knitnana Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 11:23 am

    Oh…I’m so into easy – this looks wonderful!

  19. diane Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 11:27 am

    yum! Looks easy enough that even I (who is not the cook in the house) could make it. Will any type of fish work?

  20. Joy Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 11:36 am

    That I will *definitely* have to try – it looks fantastic! Thanks.

  21. Stephanie Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 11:39 am

    It looks fabulous and so simple! I will have to try it when the hubby is gone – he doesn’t like fish (shocking, I know!).

  22. Imbrium Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 11:45 am

    Nom nom nom. It is too early in the morning to be craving fish chowder.

  23. gale (she shoots sheep shots) Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    We are so on the same wavelength. I made this the other night except I include celery, dill and I add some fresh clams into the pot once the fish is done, put the the lid on tight , let them steam open (their broth goes straight into the soup this way) then I add milk & serve.
    Damn I just got hungry but I ate the leftovers yesterday…

  24. Kim Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

    Ken would love that

  25. Sara Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

    Oh, that looks really good…Actually, it looks good enough to eat before you add the milk and butter…

  26. Patty Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

    Thanks for the recipe Carole…and a little late to the party but I love that vest you knit Dale!

  27. Jean Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

    I’m gonna have to try that. I always run out of Lent ideas. Tomorrow night we’re having this:

  28. dana Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 5:11 pm

    it looks delicious. if only there was a fishmarket where i live…

  29. LittleWit Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

    Mmm that looks excellent! :D

  30. HB Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

    Hmm… for some reason I don’t like fish soup – but love chowder. This might be close enough for finicky me & Hubby will love it!

  31. Kathy Said,

      March 12, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

    Looks yummy and from an earlier post about New Englanders, we change like the weather and I say add the carrots as they add lots of flavor. I have to get out tomorrow and get some fish. Thanks for the recipe.

  32. Ruth Said,

      March 13, 2009 @ 7:08 am

    I think even my kids — the reining King, Queen and Crown Prince of Pickytopia — would eat that. It looks delicious.

  33. Julie Said,

      March 13, 2009 @ 11:51 am

    Looks yummy! I’ll bet it’s even better the next day.

  34. Sarah Said,

      March 13, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

    Mmmmm…looks so tasty.

  35. Susanne Said,

      March 13, 2009 @ 7:27 pm

    Wow, this is a recipe that would even make me try to cook fish at home. It looks great and yummy. Thanks for taking pictures and making everyone get an appetite for some fish chowder.

  36. Kathode Ray Tube Said,

      March 14, 2009 @ 10:38 am

    Carole, thanks for the link! I made the chowder lastnight for friends and it was delicious and a big hit! I used scrod. The poaching really does create a firmer fish when it’s served.

  37. livnletlrn Said,

      March 14, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

    Carole, we used this recipe for tonight’s dinner and all four members of my family gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up! Thanks for hooking us up!

  38. Heather Said,

      March 16, 2009 @ 10:23 am

    After seeing your pictures I couldn’t resist! Saturday we tried this recipe and it was delish! Thanks for sharing.

    (Hmm…I could have turned that into some sort of chowder haiku..)

  39. Mary Said,

      March 16, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

    That looks excellent. I see see some fish chowder in my future on a friday :)

  40. Teyani Said,

      March 17, 2009 @ 1:08 am

    does it keep well? or freeze well? It sounds so fabulous, but I would be concerned that it might spoil with only just me eating up it’s yumminess….
    thanks for sharing another great recipe. I wish that I lived next door, I’d bring the fresh baked bread ;-)

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