Slow-Cooker Fish Chowder


A great, hearty fish chowder that's lower in fat. Perfect for a winter's day. This recipe is very versatile. I use low-sodium, homemade stock and I find there's enough salt from the bacon that no more is needed. You can change up the seafood, the vegetables, and the seasonings. I find seafood chowder difficult to reheat (a no-no at work!) so I would make this when I have company coming who can finish it in 1 or 2 days.

close up view of Slow-Cooker Fish Chowder in a maroon slow cooker
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
9 servings


  • 4 slices bacon, chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 6 cups chicken stock

  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels

  • 2 large potatoes, diced

  • 3 stalks celery, diced

  • 2 large carrots, diced

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 1 cup scallops

  • 1 cup uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • ¼ pound halibut, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk


  1. Cook and stir bacon in a skillet over medium heat until browned, 5 to 8 minutes; drain excess grease. Cook and stir onion and garlic into bacon until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a slow cooker.

  2. Pour chicken stock into slow cooker. Mix corn, potatoes, celery, and carrots into the stock. Season with black pepper and red pepper flakes. Set the cooker to High, cover, and cook for 3 hours.

  3. Stir scallops, shrimp, and halibut into the soup and cook 1 more hour. Stir evaporated milk into chowder, heat thoroughly, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

235 Calories
6g Fat
28g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 235
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 724mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 22mg 110%
Calcium 152mg 12%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 839mg 18%

* 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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