Fish Chowder

Fish Chowder Becky Luigart-Stayner


  • 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)

Nutritional Information

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.