Low-fat milk and mashed potatoes make this chowder so rich and creamy you won't miss the actual cream. Farm-raised tilapia and abundant Pacific cod--both with tender, flaky textures--are ocean-friendly choices.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1993


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring often, until crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

  • Add onion, celery and garlic to the bacon drippings and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add clam juice (or chicken broth), fish, potatoes, thyme and bay leaf and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a simmer, and cook until the potatoes are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Discard the bay leaf. With a slotted spoon, transfer about 2/3 cup of the solids to a bowl and mash with a potato masher or fork. Return to the pot and add the milk. Bring to a simmer.

  • Whisk water and cornstarch in a small bowl. When the soup comes to a simmer, gradually add the cornstarch mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. Season with pepper. Serve garnished with the cooked bacon and parsley, if using.


?Tips for Two: Leftover canned broth keeps up to 5 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in your freezer. Leftover broth in aseptic packages keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. Add to soups, sauces, stews; use for cooking rice and grains; add a little when reheating leftovers to prevent them from drying out.

Nutrition Facts

306 calories; protein 29.9g; carbohydrates 39.6g; dietary fiber 3.1g; sugars 6.7g; fat 3.8g; saturated fat 1.7g; cholesterol 67mg; vitamin a iu 314.6IU; vitamin c 14.8mg; folate 65.5mcg; calcium 151.8mg; iron 2.6mg; magnesium 86.8mg; potassium 1285.1mg; sodium 270.6mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
Really good with a few adjustments I enjoyed this chowder but I made a few changes: First I used 2 pieces of bacon instead of one. I didn't add the fish while the soup was simmering--I let the potatoes get soft then I used my immersion blender to blend the soup right in the pot. Then I added the fish and cooked it through (I used mahi mahi). I used fat free half and half instead of milk and I added some creole seasoning for more flavor. I added some hot sauce and it was delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a great recipe. The only changes I made were (1) I cooked the bacon in the microwave (very crispy and not greasy). (2) Softened the onion celery etc. in one tablespoon of butter. (3) Used Haddock for my choice of fish. I found the cooking time to correct. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Quick but Bland My husband thought the fish had a spongy texture. I thought it was flaky and tender but the chowder was bland. It needed maybe Tabasco or turmeric--and salt. Pros: Quick easy Cons: Bland Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Doubled the recipe and prepared this with bacalao for a very hearty snowy-day meal. The thyme made the chowder especially aromatic and the bacon drippings gave it great flavor without being overly greasy. SpainStro Madrid Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe takes A LOT longer than the time given. I would say to plan on an hour and half of your total prep and cooking time. The potatoes take a lot longer to get soft because there isn't too much liquid. That said the taste is pretty good though I did want something slightly creamier. Sara Co VT Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Really Yummy I pretty much followed the recipe but throw in some dried chilli as the frying stage. I chopped my potatoes up quite small so they cooked faster. I also didn't put my fish in until everything was cooked and blended then I added it and let it cook. I also didn't use any corn starch it was really thick and I really didn't need it. In fact I ended up adding a little extra milk. It tasted great and I will make again for sure but double everything. Pros: Didn't really make enough for 4 people think the recipe needs to be doubled Cons: Very quick and easy. Read More