My mom's recipe for a simple fish chowder. Wonderful and quick on a cold night! Very versatile. Not a thick tastes-like-flour-paste chowder. Just yummmm! Mom served it with Bisquick(R) brown sugar rolls, but a salad with any bread, roll, or crackers would be equally perfect!

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Melt butter in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onions in hot butter until soft, about 5 minutes.

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  • Pour 1 cup water in the skillet and bring to a simmer. Lay fillets into the water and poach until fish flesh can be gently broken with a fork, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove fish and onions from the skillet with a slotted spoon to a bowl.

  • Pour remaining 1/4 cup water into the skillet with the potato cubes; season with salt. Place a cover on the skillet and bring the liquid to a boil; cook until the potatoes are beginning to soften, but remain firm, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Return fish and onion to the skillet; add whole milk and evaporated milk. Season everything with salt and pepper; heat until just before the liquid comes to a boil and remove immediately from heat.

Cook's Notes:

It's important to use russet baking potato as it is starchy and will help thicken the chowder.

Use 2 potatoes and 2 ribs of celery to stretch the soup for more people.

You can also add imitation crabmeat and double all ingredients (except fish of course) for a yummy crab/fish chowder.

Also feel free to exchange 1 cup clam juice for 1 cup water when expanding the recipe.

Any firm, mild white fish can work in place of the cod.

Nutrition Facts

350.88 calories; 28.8 g protein; 28.71 g carbohydrates; 13.39 g fat; 88.31 mg cholesterol; 249.12 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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09/08/2016
This is such a great easy recipe! Made as is it's delicious; BUT with a few tweaks I made it my own. My husband LOVED it! Okay so my changes were really just additions. I used seafood stock homemade in place of the water called for plus carrots celery and garlic when I sautéed the onions. I also added shrimp and scallops and one filet of swai which I added to the leftover fish I used to make a red snapper earlier in the week. At the end I added some thawed corn. I love everything about this recipe. So fast so easy and also adaptable. Give this a try because I know you won't be sorry!
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09/08/2016
This is such a great easy recipe! Made as is it's delicious; BUT with a few tweaks I made it my own. My husband LOVED it! Okay so my changes were really just additions. I used seafood stock homemade in place of the water called for plus carrots celery and garlic when I sautéed the onions. I also added shrimp and scallops and one filet of swai which I added to the leftover fish I used to make a red snapper earlier in the week. At the end I added some thawed corn. I love everything about this recipe. So fast so easy and also adaptable. Give this a try because I know you won't be sorry!
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09/08/2016
This is such a great easy recipe! Made as is it's delicious; BUT with a few tweaks I made it my own. My husband LOVED it! Okay so my changes were really just additions. I used seafood stock homemade in place of the water called for plus carrots celery and garlic when I sautéed the onions. I also added shrimp and scallops and one filet of swai which I added to the leftover fish I used to make a red snapper earlier in the week. At the end I added some thawed corn. I love everything about this recipe. So fast so easy and also adaptable. Give this a try because I know you won't be sorry!
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10/05/2015
So easy and SO delicious! I used Alaskan Pollock I picked up at 99 cents a pound so even better as it is easy on the budget. Kudos and appreciation from Toronto Canada.
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05/01/2016
This is a great recipe although I did change a few things due to the fact I didn't have them. I used pearl onions instead of chopping up an onion. I had 2 pounds of cod so I doubled everything except the milk part which I ended up using just 2 cups of heavy cream. Threw some other spices and celery and it was fabulous!
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11/01/2016
This is a great fish chowder recipe! I used a pound of haddock plus I added many of the ingredients others suggested. I used 1/2 cup fish sauce in place of 1/2 cup water added about 1/8 tsp Old Bay Seasoning 2 stalks celery two chopped carrots and 1/2 cup thawed corn. LOVE it!!
(3)
04/18/2015
Simple easy and delicious. Even a single guy can make it!
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10/15/2016
Nice quick recipe. I sliced a couple carrots and added them into the potatoes while they were boiling. Seasoned with salt pepper and ground sage. I also thickened the chowder with a Tbsp of File powder. This enhanced all the flavors together. Nice cool weather comfort food.
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09/26/2016
This soup is incredible! I added bacon and fried it with the onions before adding the fish. I also used 2 basa fillets for the fish. My family loved it and my 8 year old had 3 bowls!
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05/30/2016
Nice basic recipe. It needed a little flavor bump so I added a bit of Old Bay type spice. Definitely a keeper!
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03/03/2017
I used Basa fish and also added about a Tbsp. of hot sauce and a bit of cayenne pepper. Very good recipe.
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