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Panfish Chowder

With my husband being an avid hunter and fisherman, I can never have enough new fish and wild game recipes. We especially enjoy this rich chowder. It's a hearty dish with big chunks of fish, potatoes and bacon in a tempting creamy broth. -Cyndi Fliss, Bevent, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    4-6 servings


  • 6 bacon strips, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound panfish fillets (perch, sunfish or crappie), cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream


  • In a 3-qt. saucepan, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute onion and celery in reserved drippings until tender.
  • Add the potatoes, water, carrots, parsley, lemon juice and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Add fish and bacon; simmer for 5 minutes or just until fish flakes with a fork. Add cream and heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 325 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 324mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • Marsha
    Oct 22, 2020

    This chowder has been one of our favorites over the years. It is easy to make, and delicious!

  • Wendi
    Feb 22, 2018

    Great recipe! Easy to make ,outstanding flavor. I used venison bacon. It was a big hit ! I also used sweet potato,and russet potato. Will definitely be making this again.

  • TrueOutdoorAddictions
    Jan 28, 2014

    Love this recipe! I have been using it for many yeas now. Everyone that tastes it is surprised at how delisious it is! Adding an assortment of recipes to the mix of wild game and fish keeps each meal exiting and tasty. I personally like my chowder a little thicker so I take some instant potatoes and add it to the mix towards the end to thicken it up!

  • busy mom of four
    Nov 23, 2010

    I have been making this recipe for over 7 years. It is so hearty and tasty. I usually add a few more bacon strips and have used heavy cream before.