New England Fish Chow-dah

New England Fish "Chow-dah:

Also known and spelled as Chowder this soup is a staple in New England. It is rich, creamy and when prepared properly only slightly salty. Easy to make and can come together quickly if you par boil the potatoes.


  • 3 Pieces Raw Bacon
  • 1/2 Cup Butter sliced
  • 1 Lb. White Fish Haddock or Cod cut into small bite size pieces
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion diced
  • 3 Stocks of Celery diced
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 2 Quarts Half/Half Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Garlic
  • 3 Cups Clam Juice/ Fish or Lobster Stock
  • 1 Cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 3 White Potatoes peeled and diced


  • In a large pot with a thick bottom; heat the stove on medium-high and add the diced bacon, cook till brown but not burnt.
  • Add ½ of the butter to the pot, drop the heat down to medium; add the onion and celery, cook for approximately 4 minutes, constantly stirring. Cook until onions look translucent.
  • Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the other ½ of the butter and melt in within the bacon/veggie mixture.
  • Add the flour to the mixture and incorporate, turn the heat down to medium/low and cook for 5 minutes (this is your roux that will thicken the “chowd-ah”.
  • Add the clam/fish stock stirring slowly with a whisk, it will still be pretty thick.
  • Start adding the cream using a whisk.
  • Add the potatoes, thyme and the bay leaf (cook on medium/low heat for 40 minutes).
  • ** If you par-boil the potatoes in a separate pot you cut out waiting 40 minutes.**
  • Add the fish and parmesan cheese to the “Chowd-ah” cook for 30 min on low.



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