Favorite Fish Chowder Recipe
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Favorite Fish Chowder Recipe

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Economics had a lot to do with what we ate when I was growing up in New Hampshire during the Depression. Money may have been scarce, but fish was plentiful and affordable, so that's how we began eating this dish. When meat rationing came along in World War II, fish chowder again became a staple in our household. Fortunately, my family loved it...it still is one of my favorites!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 2 pounds cod fillets, cut into large chunks
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) evaporated milk
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • Minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 192 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 496mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute onion in butter. Add water and bring to a boil. Add potatoes; cook for 10 minutes. Add fish and lemon juice; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add milk, evaporated milk, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 4 quarts.
Originally published as Favorite Fish Chowder in Reminisce January/February 1993, p51

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Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"Made for Friday night dinner for my family, and we all very much enjoyed. Husband had FOUR bowls! I didn't tell the kids (ages 3 and 7) that they were eating cod, and they ate every drop. I didn't change or add anything to the recipe and was delicious as is. Reminded me of the chowders we had in Cape Cod as a kid. Will add to our normal rotation."

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

"This recipe is too bland and not thick enough. I cooked some bacon until crisp and set aside. I used the bacon drippings to saute the onion, diced carrots can of diced potatoes and a half bag of broccoli. I added 4 cups of chicken broth and simmered until carrots and broccoli were tender. I added 2 lbs. of cod in pieces. I added 2 cups of half and half and 4 tbls. of flour to thicken. Corn starch could also be used, Seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and thyme. Added chopped bacon. Delicious!!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2015

"This is the very best ever. My family and friends loved it! So do I!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2014


Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014


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