Easiest Fish Chowder Recipe You'll Ever Make

By Debbie Hanson

Apr 22, 2020

Easy fish chowder recipe to make at home with your family. Get tips on best fish for chowder, salmon chowder recipe ideas, learn how to cook your catch

If you've been looking for a few more family fish recipes, you may want to try a simple fish chowder recipe. This recipe uses easy-to-find ingredients and doesn't take long to prepare. Trying new fish recipes is one of the things to do at home with your family.

One important fish chowder tip is to leave your fish fillets whole when cooking them. This way, the whole fillets will break down into tasty chunks instead of flaking into small pieces.

Best Fish for Chowder

If you're wondering about the best fish for chowder, any firm fish will work. Here are a few examples:

  • Cod
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Salmon

Fish Chowder Recipe

Whether you've been trying to find a salmon chowder recipe, cod recipes, or haddock recipes, you can add this to your recipe files. This is just another way you can learn how to cook your catch.

  • 2 pounds of fish (such as cod, halibut, haddock or salmon)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 ounces bacon or salt pork
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 4 large potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 bay leaf, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 quart milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Fish Chowder Directions

Follow these easy directions to make your own fish chowder at home:

  1. Simmer fish in water for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain, reserve broth.
  3. Flake fish, discarding bones and skin.
  4. Cook bacon until crisp.
  5. Add onions to fat remaining in stock pot and sauté until golden brown.
  6. Add fish, potatoes, celery, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
  7. Add boiling water to reserved broth to total 3 cups.
  8. Add to saucepan and simmer for 30 minutes.
  9. Ladle into soup bowls.

That’s all you have to do to make some tasty fish chowder for your family. Enjoy!

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.