Recipe By AMYTHE
Published Jun 26th
Prep 30m Cook 30m Additional - Ready In 60m
Servings 8 servings Calories 386.1

The fishermen of Bodega Bay, California shared this favorite, quick and easy recipe with my sister during a Fish Festival. It is one of the best chowders I’ve had, and my kids love it too! We top with bacon bits and a few shakes of hot sauce for a little spice. Enjoy!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups diced potatoes
  • 2 pounds cod, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 cup clam juice
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning TM, or to taste
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 (12 fluid ounce) cans evaporated milk
  • ¼ cup cooked crumbled bacon

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a large stockpot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Saute onions, mushrooms and celery in butter until tender.
  2. 2 Add chicken stock and potatoes; simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. 3 Add fish, and simmer another 10 minutes.
  4. 4 Mix together clam juice and flour until smooth; stir into soup and simmer for 1 minute more. Season to taste with Old Bay seasoning, salt, and pepper. Remove from heat, and stir in evaporated milk. Top each bowl with crumbled bacon, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 386.1
  • Carbohydrate 33.8 g
  • Cholesterol 83.5 mg
  • Fat 13.6 g
  • Fiber 2.8 g
  • Protein 31.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 7.2 g
  • Sodium 748 mg
  • Sugar 12.3 g

Chef's Notes

Use your favorite seafood seasoning. I use Chef Paul Prudhomme's brand.
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  1. THIS CHOWDER IS SPECTACULAR!! I made a few changes based on previous reviews and preference. I used an 8 oz container of sliced mushrooms. It looks like a lot but they reduce in size after cooking. I used 1 lb of cod, 1/2 lb of bay scallops, 1 lb of shrimp and 2 cans of - Read more ...
  2. “What’s Old Bay?” you ask. Try this: celery seed, black pepper, bay leaf, cardamom, mustard seed, cloves, paprika, and mace. Didn’t have cod, so I added shrimp during the last 5 minutes of cooking. (Don’t overcook shrimp, otherwise they get rubbery).Also didn’t have clam juice, so I used extra chicken stock. Instead of evaporated milk, - Read more ...
  3. This chowder is AMAZING! I accidently overcooked the potatos, so I would be sure to follow cook time to a "T". Still turned out great. The only thing I changed was mincing the celery and mushrooms, and I only added one can of evaporated milk. Great combo with the fish especially for those who don't - Read more ...
  4. I made this recipe with catfish and it turned out wonderful, I only used one can of the milk, and about 1/2 cup extra chicken stock. I also included bacon, and cooked the onions and celery in the drippings. I think adding scallops would have really made the recipe better, I will add them next - Read more ...
  5. Fabulous!
  6. Wow... after all the rave reviews I thought this chowder was boring and bland. What was everyone raving about? I doctored it up with some worcestershire sauce a shot of sherry a little thyme marjoram a bay leaf and a lot more Old Bay and then it was pretty good.
  7. This really was easy and extremely adaptable. I used catfish, but any white fish would work well - even a mixture of fish. I increased the Old Bay Seasoning to 1 tsp +, and added the entire bottle of clam juice. I also added 1 Tbls more than called for of flour, to make it - Read more ...
  8. This was soooo good! My husband's first response was, "Darn, that's good! Why haven't you made this before??" I did make a few changes though... but I think the recipe as written would be just as yummy. I used 1lb red snapper, 1lb cooked baby shrimp and some chopped clams. I had lots of clam - Read more ...
  9. Outstanding recipe. Instead of the cod, I had leftover grilled striped bass that I used, which made it a bit faster and also gave a hint of smokiness. I also put in some finely sliced scallions - added the white part before I took it off the heat and added the green part with the - Read more ...
  10. I added 6 strips of bacon and used a whole lot more Old Bay Seasoning, plus a few clams. It was terrific.