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Fish Chowder


"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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1 h servings 386 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 386 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 13.6 g
  • 21%
  • Carbs:
  • 33.8g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 31.9 g
  • 64%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 83 mg
  • 28%
  • Sodium:
  • 748 mg
  • 30%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * 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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  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. Mix together clam juice and flour until smooth; stir into soup and simmer for 1 minute more. Season to taste with Old Bay seasoning, salt, and pepper. Remove from heat, and stir in evaporated milk. Top each bowl with crumbled bacon, if desired.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Use your favorite seafood seasoning. I use Chef Paul Prudhomme's brand.

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  1. 554 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

“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 coo...

Most helpful critical review

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...

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“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 coo...

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 mushroo...

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 bo...

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...


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

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 t...

THIS CHOWDER IS SPECTACULAR!! I made a few changes based on previous reviews and preference. I used an 8 oz container of sliced mushrooms. It looks like a lot but they reduce in size after co...

Excellent chowder! An easy recipe to make substitutions and additions. I chopped red chilis and put into sauteing onions and celery. This gave a little 'bite'.