Cathy's Amazing Fish Chowder Recipe -
Cathy's Amazing Fish Chowder Recipe
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Cathy's Amazing Fish Chowder

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"Restaurant style comfort food directly from Maine that is easy to make and wonderful to eat!! Any white fish such as haddock may be used in place of the cod. Serve with crackers and corn bread if desired!! The real person that deserves full credit for this recipe is a wonderful mother named Cathy that lives in Chicago and loves her son in Kansas!!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr


  1. Place bacon strips in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Cook bacon until crisp, then remove to paper towels to drain. Drain grease from the pot, reserving about 1 tablespoon. Set heat to medium, and fry onions in the reserved bacon grease until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add potatoes, and fill pot with just enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil, then cook until potatoes are almost tender, about 5 minutes. Add fish pieces, evaporated milk, whole milk, and butter. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls, and top with crumbled bacon pieces.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 07, 2008

Very close... If you haven't been pleased with this recipe I suggest these adjustments. For 8 servings, use 4 thin slices of salt pork, cut into small dice and "tried out" i.e. fried on very low heat until the fat is rendered. Discard rendered salty fat and set the crisp pork aside on double layer of paper towel. Try to use salt pork, it's the original ingredient and lends a subtle deliciousness to the chowder. Fish chowder is about sweet fish not salty smoked bacon. If you must use bacon, use only 2 or 3 slices and don't use hickory smoked, maple smoked, apple smoked, honey smoked or any other flavored bacon, but just plain bacon. And render the fat and throw it away because it will be too salty for this soup. Dice the cooked bacon and add as explained further on. Don't try to make chowder in an hour, or even two hours, or even for supper the same day you make it. Chowder's flabor needs time to develop because of its simple ingredients. It's not a dish to rush if you want it to be good. Use Spanish onion (about1 1/2 cups diced)for 8-servings). Sweat the onion for about 5-10 minutes over very low heat using the 2 tablespoons of butter listed in Cathy's recipe. No substitutions - you'll remove the butter later, cross my heart. After onions are softened put them into a pan-sprayed heavy-bottomed Dutch oven, put in the fish which should be in very large pieces (thick fillets cut into 3 pieces each - I buy a big package at Sam's Club and use it all for one chowde

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 08, 2010

It was edible but I did not much care for it, neither did my boyfriend. It was very bland with a strong fishy taste. The only good part, we thought, was the bacon.

Jun 23, 2008

This is the best fish chowder ever! I do suggest putting in old bay. We ate the whole pot and had NO leftovers! beth, Gainesville,fl

May 25, 2011

I am not much of a fan of seafood but recent dietary changes made me explore it. This recipe may convert me to being more of a seafood eater. I made this as presented and then a second time with my tweaks. Either are very good.

Jul 27, 2009

This is it, in its simple glory! (I agree with the reviewer who uses salt pork instead of bacon, though.) If you're looking for "the" Maine fish chowdah recipe, it don't get much closah than this heah.

Oct 17, 2004

VERY good! I did not use anywhere near 1 pound of bacon though .. I used 4 slices and thought it was plenty. I added 2 bay leaves and a few drops tobasco and it was awesome.; Easy to make - I recommend it!

Jul 06, 2010

Excellent!! I don't know what Maine chowder tastes like, but I just threw in some fish I had in the freezer, thawed it, cut it into 1" cubes and dumped it in the pot. I also added a can of cream style corn and garlic salt. I'll keep this one in my personal recipe box.

Mar 28, 2006

Good, but I had hoped for more taste.


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  • Calories
  • 379 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.7 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 80 mg
  • 27%
  • Fat
  • 15.5 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 28.7 g
  • 57%
  • Sodium
  • 612 mg
  • 24%

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

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