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Fish Chowder
with butter lettuce salad

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Fish cooks fast, making this an easy and speedy soup to start off the week. For added flavor and richness, it includes classic chowder ingredients - bacon and cream. This recipe was last featured in 2020.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Fish Chowder:
  • Bacon - 4 strips, chopped
  • Leeks - 2, thinly sliced
  • Chives - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Potatoes, Yukon gold or baby yellow potatoes - 8 oz, cubed
  • Fish, any white variety - 1 lb, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Paprika, smoked - 1 tsp
  • Old bay seasoning (opt) - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • White wine - 1/2 cup (sub stock)
  • Stock, any type - 4 cups
  • Heavy cream - 1/2 cup
  • Oyster crackers (opt) - for serving
Butter Lettuce Salad:
  • Vinegar, apple cider - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • Cucumbers - 6 oz, cubed
  • Butter lettuce - 8 oz, leaves chopped or torn

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Prep

  1. Bacon / Leeks - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar, mustard, and honey. Add olive oil while whisking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Chives / Potatoes / Cucumbers / Lettuce - Prep as directed.
  4. Fish - Chop into bite-sized pieces. Pat dry and season with some salt and pepper.

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add bacon and fry, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Drain all but 1 Tbsp / 15 mL of bacon grease out of the pan. Return pan to medium heat.
  3. To heated pan add leeks and bay leaves. Saute until leeks are very tender, ~5 minutes.
  4. Add paprika, Old Bay (if using), and salt. Cook for 1 minute more.
  5. Add wine, stock, and potatoes and return to a simmer. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. (Note: Adjust heat as needed to keep the liquid simmering gently but not bubbling over.)
  6. When potatoes are tender, remove and discard bay leaves.
  7. If you’d like a thicker soup, use an immersion blender to blend a small portion of the soup and potatoes. (The blended potatoes will serve as a natural thickener.)
  8. Add fish and simmer until fish is cooked through, ~5 minutes more.
  9. Remove soup from heat and stir in cream. Taste and season with some salt and pepper.
  10. When soup is ready to serve, toss cucumbers and lettuce in vinaigrette. Finish salad with some black pepper.
  11. Serve soup with chives, bacon, and crackers (if using). Enjoy salad on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (29)
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Gluten-free (0)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (3)

Most Helpful

Can't go wrong with heavy cream and bacon. Absolutely lovely.

By: Amanda
Posted: May 04, 2021
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

22 reviews

One of the best things I've ever cooked. Absolutely delicious.

By: Chelsea
Posted: May 17, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

actually a mix of paleo and original. added some cauliflower mix leek and yellow onion. added noth hot and regular smoked paprika for domr sting and finished off with lactosfree light creme fraiche, like Smetana. Easy to make snf delicious!

By: Cecilia
Posted: May 15, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Made as directed. Used cod and had to sub stock instead of wine. Loved the vinaigrette. Delicious!

By: Nancy
Posted: May 14, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Delicious, indulgent (more in feeing than in actual content) and special: we loved this chowder and the relatively simple salad. Note: We’re a semi-pescatarian house, so we replaced the bacon with sautéed onions doused in smoked paprika with a little dash of tamari.

By: Kirsten
Posted: May 12, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used a cod tenderloin and chowder is going to be on the menu a LOT more after this!

By: Catherine
Posted: May 09, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We used tilapia. Blended a good amount of the soup, but definitely left in some potato chunks. Loved this!

By: Michelle
Posted: May 08, 2021
Diet: Original
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