Fish chowder recipe

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Fish chowder is a creamy and filling soup that's full of good-for-you fish and chunky veg. The perfect thing to warm you up on a winter evening.

  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories523 Kcal26%
Fat14 g20%
Saturated Fat7 g35%

This smoked haddock fish chowder with sweetcorn is a hearty, thick and so tasty.

Soup is always a cheering prospect on a cold winter evening, but chowder is a step beyond. The thick creamy texture is almost like a stew, with chunks of fish, potato and sweetcorn making it so filling and delicious. It's a total meal in a bowl. Smoked haddock is really good for you too - high in protein, low in fat and packed with vitamins, especially vitamin B - one of the vitamins that can boost your mood. Another reason why this is such feel good food. You can use fresh or frozen haddock - it defrosts very quickly in the soup. You may need to just simmer for a couple of minutes longer.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 2 leeks, sliced
  • 1l milk
  • 4 potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tbsp instant thickening granules (we used McDougalls)
  • 350g smoked haddock fillet, skinned
  • 300g frozen sweetcorn
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped (optional)




  1. Heat the oil in a large pan then add the onion, celery and leeks, and cook gently for 5 mins until softened.
  2. Pour in the milk, add the potatoes and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins then stir in the thickening granules.
  3. Add the smoked haddock and sweetcorn. Simmer for 7 mins or until the fish is tender. Scatter with parsley to serve, if you like.

Top tip for making fish chowder

If you find smoked haddock to be too salty or too fishy, you can soak it in milk for 5-20 minutes before using it. The milk binds to the chemical that makes that fishy smell and counteracts it.

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Octavia Lillywhite
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Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.