Simple seafood chowder

Simple seafood chowder

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(61 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

A chunky, creamy soup with salmon and smoked haddock, mixed shellfish and potatoes - a hearty meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal422
  • fat19g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre4g
  • protein41g
  • salt2.3g


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped



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

  • 100g streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 600ml fish stock, made from 1 fish stock cube
  • 225g new potato, halved
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  • pinch mace
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 300ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 320g pack fish pie mix (salmon, haddock and smoked haddock)
  • 4 tbsp single cream
  • 250g pack cooked mixed shellfish
  • small bunch parsley, chopped



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

  • crusty bread, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, then add the onion and bacon. Cook for 8-10 mins until the onion is soft and the bacon is cooked. Stir in the flour, then cook for a further 2 mins.

  2. Pour in the fish stock and bring it up to a gentle simmer. Add the potatoes, cover, then simmer for 10-12 mins until the potatoes are cooked through.

  3. Add the mace, cayenne pepper and some seasoning, then stir in the milk.

  4. Tip the fish pie mix into the pan, gently simmer for 4 mins. Add the cream and shellfish, then simmer for 1 min more. Check the seasoning. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve with some crusty bread.

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Paula Hopkinson's picture
Paula Hopkinson
15th Feb, 2020
Absolutely delicious served with some crusty bread.
AnnieGambles's picture
18th Jan, 2020
I used this recipe as the basis for a chowder this week. My husband doesn't eat meat or dairy so I made some alterations. I cooked the bacon separately and just sprinkled it over mine when serving. Instead of milk, I used oat milk which worked really well. Unfortunately I didn't have any oat cream in, so I just did it without and I did miss the richness that cream gives. Rather than mixed seafood, I just did prawns. I added leeks and sweetcorn, and upped the cayenne because we both like spicy food. Even with the alterations, it was still very tasty, and the leftovers tasted even better the next day. I would definitely make this again but would ideally use oat cream next time.
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Sam Comgall
12th Aug, 2019
Superb. This is a very simple recipe but the chowder tasted better than what I have been served in my favourite seafood restaurant. I added a little white wine, added extra onion and a little extra cayenne pepper to boost the flavour.
7th Mar, 2019
A great recipe for guiding me through my first chowder! The pinch of cayenne added a really nice kick to it. I did make some changes though - just used smoked haddock fillets (no salmon), and prawns, both from fish counter. I added sweetcorn, peas and leeks. We didn't really 'notice' the bacon, so I might leave that out next time, as there was enough smoky taste from the haddock. Served with fresh homemade bread - we really enjoyed it. Oh and we had the leftovers with pasta the next day which was also delicious!
2nd Jun, 2018
This was hands down one of the best recipes I've tried on BBC Good food! Absolutely gorgeous. Next time I think I'll thicken the sauce a little more, but thats just down to personal preference. :)
7th Oct, 2017
Delicious and easy! I don't eat pork, so replaced it with sweet potato and leek. I cut both the sweet potato and potato in to cubes rather than halves. I also added a red chill for an extra kick. Really tasty! Wheaten bread is best with this...
10th Mar, 2017
I would put the potatoes in earlier or slice them more thinly, mine weren't cooked by the time the meal was ready.
Nicky vdv
21st Feb, 2017
Very easy and very tasty, added sweet corn and carrots as well to bulk out.
26th Apr, 2016
Wonderful for a quick tea that tastes like you have spent hours creating. Tastes expensive but is reasonably cheap to make. Impress your family and friends with this one.
13th Apr, 2016
Very easy and very delicious, a new favourite in our house! I didn't have cayenne or mace but added chopped chilli with the onions and I did thicken it a little more before serving but I guess that's personal taste.


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Sam Comgall
12th Aug, 2019
Hi, I have bought Tesco frozen fish-pie mix. It says I should cook from frozen for 25 mins. The recipe says '5 mins' - is this only for unfrozen fish? Can you advise?
goodfoodteam's picture
13th Aug, 2019
Thanks for your question. If you are using the fish pie mix from frozen, you will need to cook it a few minutes more before adding the other ingredients. You can tell the fish is cooked through once it is opaque. The fish pie mix will say 25 mins as in a fish pie this would be the usual cooking time.
12th Feb, 2015
This sounds fantastic. Does it freeze ok?
goodfoodteam's picture
17th Feb, 2015
Hi pollyhammerton, thanks for your question. We would advise not freezing this recipe as the freezing process could mean you end up with a grainy unpleasant texture. 
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