Boston Fish "Chowd-ah"

New England Fish Chowda


  • 3 Pieces of Raw Bacon
  • 1/2 Cup of 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 of Flour
  • 2 Qts. of Half/Half Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon of  Fresh Garlic
  • 3 Cups of Clam Juice/ Fish or Lobster Stock
  • 1 Cup of Chicken Stock
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 3 White Potatoes (peeled and diced)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the other ½ of the butter and melt in within the bacon/veggie mixture.
  5. 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”.
  6. Add the clam/fish stock stirring slowly with a whisk, it will still be pretty thick.
  7. Start adding the cream using a whisk.
  8. 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.**

  1. Add the fish and parmesan cheese to the “Chowd-ah”  cook for 30 min on low.

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