Friday, April 15, 2011

Cod Chowder

We love seafood chowder and it's a quick dinner to make.  Once you're done chopping the cod into chunks it takes no time at all.  This would be easy to assemble your ingredients the night before, then prepare it quickly after work.

from Whole Foods Market Website

3 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 onion, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons flour
1 pound red boiling potatoes, cut into 1/3-inch dice
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (I use homemade)
2 (8 ounce) bottles clam juice
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pound frozen cod, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup frozen corn
1 cup half-and-half, heated

Heat a heavy pot over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook until the bacon is golden brown and crispy, about 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the crispy bits and reserve, leaving the fat in the pot.

Add the onion, celery, thyme and bay leaf to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the vegetables are softened but not browned. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring, another 2 minutes.

Add the potatoes, chicken broth and clam juice and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and simmer until the potatoes are tender yet still firm, 5 to 7 minutes.

Season generously with salt and pepper. Add the cod and corn. Do not stir. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, cover and allow the chowder to sit for 10 minutes (the fish will finish cooking during this time).

Return chowder to heat and stir in the cream, gently to avoid breaking the fish into small pieces. Season to taste. Bring chowder to serving temperature over gentle heat, uncovered. Sprinkle reserved crisped bacon on top and serve with a side salad of baby mixed greens.

Printable Recipe

Happily submitted to Family Friendly Fridays over at Mommie Cooks!


from "Little Verses" a Big Golden Book
by Miriam Clark Potter
pictures by Mary Blair
1953, Golden Press New York


  1. Growing up in Newfoundland, we had cod fish quite regularly (my favorite fish). My Mom made a "Cod fish stew" on Fridays: Put your cod in a large skillet with a lid, layer with sliced potatoes and a couple of sliced onions, lots of salt and pepper; and cook until the potatoes are done (about 15-20 min). Delish!!!

  2. Sandy I'm gonna try that recipe. Thank you so much for sharing :)

  3. This looks great Sarah! I love a hearty seafood chowder, especially if it has bacon in it. Yum! Hope you had a nice weekend!

  4. What a great recipe! My family would love this chowder.
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  5. Sarah, I've always liked everything about clam chowder except the clams, so I think I'll like this very well! Minus the clam juice, of course.

  6. I love a hearty seafood chowder, especially if it has bacon in it. Yum! Hope you had a nice weekend!


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