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Fish Chowder Recipe
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Fish Chowder
The fishermen of Bodega Bay shared this 5-star chowder recipe. See more
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Fish Chowder

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

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr


  1. In a large stockpot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Saute onions, mushrooms and celery in butter until tender.
  2. Add chicken stock and potatoes; simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add fish, and simmer another 10 minutes.
  4. Season to taste with Old Bay seasoning, salt and pepper. Mix together clam juice and flour until smooth; stir into soup. Remove from heat, and stir in evaporated milk. Serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 17, 2006

“What’s Old Bay?” you ask. Try this: celery seed, black pepper, bay leaf, cardamom, mustard seed, cloves, paprika, and mace. Didn’t have cod, so I added shrimp during the last 5 minutes of cooking. (Don’t overcook shrimp, otherwise they get rubbery).Also didn’t have clam juice, so I used extra chicken stock. Instead of evaporated milk, I used 2%. As others mentioned, I added corn, extra mushrooms, and crumbled bacon on top. Mmm...Mmm...Good!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 14, 2003

Wow... after all the rave reviews, I thought this chowder was boring and bland. What was everyone raving about? I doctored it up with some worcestershire sauce, a shot of sherry, a little thyme, marjoram, a bay leaf, and a lot more Old Bay, and then it was pretty good.

Sep 12, 2005

This chowder is AMAZING! I accidently overcooked the potatos, so I would be sure to follow cook time to a "T". Still turned out great. The only thing I changed was mincing the celery and mushrooms, and I only added one can of evaporated milk. Great combo with the fish especially for those who don't like chewing on rubbery clams. I am from the Pacific Northwest and we have a lot of famous chowder houses up here. A trick I learned when searving chowder is to put a bit of butter and a sprinkle of pepper on top. (Thought I would pass it on) This chowder is already very rich and creamy so I am eating it just the way it is. I saw a lot of comments stating this is a bland chowder and I did not find it so. I put in a lot of pepper cause that is the way I like chowder, so maybe give that a try. We had garlic sticks with ours and it made a great meal!

May 02, 2003

This really was easy and extremely adaptable. I used catfish, but any white fish would work well - even a mixture of fish. I increased the Old Bay Seasoning to 1 tsp +, and added the entire bottle of clam juice. I also added 1 Tbls more than called for of flour, to make it a little thicker. Next time I'll add the crumbled bacon into the soup, rather than use as a topping. Top with parsley. KEEPER!

Mar 15, 2003

This was soooo good! My husband's first response was, "Darn, that's good! Why haven't you made this before??" I did make a few changes though... but I think the recipe as written would be just as yummy. I used 1lb red snapper, 1lb cooked baby shrimp and some chopped clams. I had lots of clam juice, so I used 4 cups clam juice to 1 cup chicken broth. I also used half and half rather than evaporated milk and found that 16oz was enough. Used Lawry's great garlic salt with parsley and lots more Old Bay's to taste. I can't recommend this recipe either way highly enough.. we will have it again and again and again!

Nov 11, 2003


Jan 18, 2003

I added 6 strips of bacon and used a whole lot more Old Bay Seasoning, plus a few clams. It was terrific.

Jan 04, 2004

I made this recipe with catfish and it turned out wonderful, I only used one can of the milk, and about 1/2 cup extra chicken stock. I also included bacon, and cooked the onions and celery in the drippings. I think adding scallops would have really made the recipe better, I will add them next time, Thanks for a great winter recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 356 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.7 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 77 mg
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 11.3 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 29.8 g
  • 60%
  • Sodium
  • 618 mg
  • 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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