Fish Chowder


This fish chowder recipe is one of the best chowders I've had; my kids love it too! The fishermen of Bodega Bay, California, shared this favorite, quick, and easy recipe with my sister during a fish festival. We top the chowder with bacon bits and a few shakes of hot sauce for a little spice. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 cups chopped onion

  • 4 fresh mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 stalk celery, chopped

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • 4 cups diced potatoes

  • 2 pounds cod, diced into 1/2 inch cubes

  • 1 cup clam juice

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning TM, or to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 (12 fluid ounce) cans evaporated milk

  • ¼ cup cooked crumbled bacon


  1. Melt butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Sauté onions, mushrooms, and celery in butter until tender. Add chicken stock and potatoes; simmer for 10 minutes. Add fish; simmer for another 10 minutes.

  2. Mix together clam juice and flour in a small bowl until smooth; stir into soup and simmer for 1 minute. Season with Old Bay, salt, and pepper. Remove from heat and stir in evaporated milk.

  3. Portion into soup bowls and top with crumbled bacon.

    close up view of Fish Chowder garnished with bacon piece and fresh herbs in a bowl
    Bobby Bats


Use your favorite seafood seasoning. I use Chef Paul Prudhomme's brand.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

386 Calories
14g Fat
34g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 386
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 748mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 23mg 116%
Calcium 285mg 22%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 1182mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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