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Tilapia Corn Chowder

  • 45 m
  • 45 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“This light soup is a great way to slip fresh corn (and tilapia, of course!) into your late-summer menu. Make it a meal: Enjoy with a mixed green salad and oyster crackers.”


    • 2 ounces bacon, (about 2 slices)
    • 1 teaspoon canola oil
    • 1 stalk celery, diced
    • 1 leek, white part only, halved lengthwise, rinsed and thinly sliced
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • 8 ounces Yukon Gold potatoes, diced
    • 2 cups fresh corn kernels, (about 4 ears)
    • 1½ pounds tilapia fillets, cut into bite-size pieces
    • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
    • 1 cup half-and-half
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, (optional)


  • 1 Chop bacon and cook in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  • 2 Add oil to the pan. Add celery, leek, salt and pepper and cook until the vegetables just begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add broth, potatoes and corn. Bring to a gentle simmer. Cook until the potatoes are just tender and the corn is cooked through, about 8 minutes. Stir in tilapia and thyme; return to a gentle simmer. Cook until the tilapia is cooked through, about 4 minutes more. Remove from the heat.
  • 3 Stir in half-and-half, lemon juice and the reserved bacon. Garnish with chives, if using.
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