Fresh & light chowder

Fresh & light chowder

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4
There's no need for shop-bought soup with this quick and nutritious recipe

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy


  • kcal255
  • fat3g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre5g
  • protein20g
  • salt1.09g
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  • 100g smoked haddock fillets and 100g unsmoked, skin on



    A white-fleshed salt water fish often compared with cod in flavour and texture. Found on the…

  • 500ml skimmed milk
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 2 thyme sprigs


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1 large sweet potato, diced

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 200g can sweetcorn in water, drained


    sw-eet corn

    Also known as corn on the cob, sweetcorn is composed of rows of tightly packed golden yellow…

  • 50g red lentils
  • small handful parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • crusty bread, to serve

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  1. Place the fish in a deep frying pan, then add the milk, stock and thyme. Bring to the boil and take off the heat; leave until cool enough to handle. Take out the fish (reserving the liquid), peel off the skin and flake the fish onto a plate, to use later.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan. Gently fry the onion, garlic and leek for 8-10 mins until soft and translucent. Add the sweet potato, sweetcorn and lentils, then pour over the liquid you cooked the fish in. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 mins. Check the seasoning and semi-blitz with a hand blender – I like to leave it quite rough. Add the flaked fish and chopped parsley. Serve piping hot with some crusty bread.

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Comments (31)

chefsehrish's picture

And yes I substituted sweet potato with floury potatoes

chefsehrish's picture

Love the recipe! Simply love the taste...I added cayenne pepper to give it some heat which elevated the taste....for chilli lovers ofcourse

lynseya's picture

Really Lovely recipe, Healthy and filling. I used fish pie mix and also some prawns and white potatoes.

karagourlay's picture

We loved this recipe, really tasty and warming. Easy to make and has a lovely sweet flavour.

esthersnook's picture

Would also be nice with a squeeze of lemon

sjcauser1's picture

This is a lovely recipe and makes an impressive dinner party starter. I used an ordinary potato as my hubby is not keen on sweet potatoes. Simple to make, healthy and very tasty.

hatonon's picture

I think I used too much sweet potato in this, and as a result it looked very unappetizing once partially blitzed. I would use only ordinary potato in the future (and wouldn't bother with the blitzing). Made it with salmon rather than haddock and it tasted really good - just looked horrid!

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Lovely, light, colourful and tasty!!

yolivier1's picture

My flatmate is allergic to fish, could I add chicken instead of fish or seafood?

Kbrooke61's picture

really enjoyed this! wasnt very optimistic with the four stars it had been rated but definatly a winner in our house.

cubahouse's picture

Loved this, delicious and healthy. So filling.

charnorthy's picture

Am on a mission to try new recipes from this site and this was my first!
Really enjoyed the take of this was much more moreish than i expected so was a lovely warming treat!
Did not have any leeks but did not seem to make the chowder any less tasty.
Anyone had any other ideas of what vegetables can be used in this to give it extra texture?
Yummy and scrummy :D

kat_atherton's picture

deliciously warming and filling!!

alisonpg's picture

Easy to do and very tasty - I prepared it exactly as instructed and it was excellent! Great for cold winter evenings when you need warming up. Healthy but still filling and satisfying.

alisonpg's picture

Easy to do and very tasty - I prepared it exactly as instructed and it was excellent! Great for cold winter evenings when you need warming up. Healthy but still filling and satisfying.

hubbahubster's picture

Yum, worked really well! I substituted frozen broad beans for lentils and simmered for just 20mins and it worked perfectly. Just cut the sweet potato into small dice and mushed it up a bit in the pan rather than blending, it was delicious!

jo_ryan's picture

Really loved this, I didn't have smoked haddock but prefer unsmoked anyway, used a piece of salmon and threw some raw king prawns in the last minute. Didn't have sweet potato so used some leftover new potatoes and added at the last stage.
Very very tasty, will repeat this one!

michela7's picture

Absolutely loved it!!!!

lauren_ricci's picture

Very tasty and it really is a light version of chowder. I used normal potato as thats all i had and didn't put leek or lentils in as didn't have any! Easy version of this classic and even better next day warmed up! A good 'base' recipe.


Questions (1)

kristinebinns's picture

This recipe looks delicious, just wondering if I could substitute the Skimmed Milk fo Almond milk?

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