- 4 1/2 cups water
- 4 bay leaves
- 1 1/2 pounds halibut fillets or other firm white fish, skinned
- 3 slices bacon, uncooked
- 3 1/2 cups cubed peeled baking potato
- 1 1/2 cups chopped onion (about 1 large)
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped carrot (about 1 medium)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 4 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
- 1 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
Bring 4 1/2 cups water and bay leaves to a simmer in a large skillet. Add fish; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Remove fish from pan with a slotted spoon. Cut fish into large pieces. Reserve 2 1/2 cups cooking liquid and bay leaves.
Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings in pan; crumble bacon, and set aside. Add potato, onion, and carrot to pan; cook over medium heat 10 minutes. Add reserved cooking liquid, bay leaves, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes. Add milk and butter; simmer 25 minutes until potatoes are tender (do not boil). Stir in fish, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Discard bay leaves. Sprinkle with bacon.
Bacon brings a welcome smokiness to this fish chowder. Serve with oyster crackers on a cold night and you will warm up in no time.
- Yield: 10 servings (serving size: 1 cup chowder and about 1 teaspoon bacon)
|Calories per serving:||242|
|Caloriesfromfat per serving:||32%|
|Fat per serving:||8.6g|
|Saturated fat per serving:||3.5g|
|Monounsaturated fat per serving:||3.1g|
|Polyunsaturated fat per serving:||1.1g|
|Protein per serving:||21.8g|
|Carbohydrate per serving:||18.4g|
|Fiber per serving:||1.5g|
|Cholesterol per serving:||42mg|
|Iron per serving:||1.1mg|
|Sodium per serving:||531mg|
|Calcium per serving:||166mg|
Good to Know
Creamy and filling, this chowder is a quick way to warm up on a cold day. The halibut’s sweet flavor complements the smoky bacon crumbles. It may seem like a guilty pleasure, but this dish is chock-full of healthy vitamins and minerals—omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B, and folic acid. Make sure to sprinkle with a handful of oyster crackers.