Fish Chowder

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Fish ChowderRecipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner
Bacon brings a welcome smokiness to this fish chowder. Serve with oyster crackers on a cold night and you will warm up in no time.
10 servings (serving size: 1 cup chowder and about 1 teaspoon bacon)


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4 1/2 cups water
4 bay leaves
1 1/2 pounds halibut fillets or other firm white fish, skinned
3 slices bacon, uncooked
3 1/2 cups cubed peeled baking potato
1 1/2 cups chopped onion (about 1 large)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped carrot (about 1 medium)
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
4 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces


Bring 4 1/2 cups water and bay leaves to a simmer in a large skillet. Add fish; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Remove fish from pan with a slotted spoon. Cut fish into large pieces. Reserve 2 1/2 cups cooking liquid and bay leaves.

Cook bacon in a Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings in pan; crumble bacon, and set aside. Add potato, onion, and carrot to pan; cook over medium heat 10 minutes. Add reserved cooking liquid, bay leaves, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes. Add milk and butter; simmer 25 minutes until potatoes are tender (do not boil). Stir in fish, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Discard bay leaves. Sprinkle with bacon.

Created date

December 2006

Nutritional Information

Calories 242
Caloriesfromfat 32 %
Fat 8.6 g
Satfat 3.5 g
Monofat 3.1 g
Polyfat 1.1 g
Protein 21.8 g
Carbohydrate 18.4 g
Fiber 1.5 g
Cholesterol 42 mg
Iron 1.1 mg
Sodium 531 mg
Calcium 166 mg