Smoked Fish Chowder

Smoked Fish Chowder (2)

I love smoked food – be it cheese, bacon, fish or anything else. There’s something about the flavour which makes you feel as though you’re being given a big hug.

I’ve made a summer version of a chowder before (here). This particular dish is very different – it is a winter classic and there are variations of it all over the world. I suppose it used to be made as a cheap dish to stretch the smoked fish throughout the long, cold winter by bulking it out with potatoes. With the addition of a few exta ingredients – spinach and the classic sweetcorn – it is transformed into a delicious, warming dish to look forward to.

I remember eating a Scottish version of the dish once in Edinburgh (if anyone remembers the name of the Scottish version, please remind me!) – it was very similar to this one but with no sweetcorn, and was the perfect tonic to warm me up on the bitterly cold day. I think I enjoyed it with a moreish mulled cider that day, but no such luck today!

This has the benefit of being dead easy to make, and is ready in half an hour. This recipe will serve 4.

Smoked Fish Chowder (1)

Smoked Fish Chowder

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion

4 rashers smoked bacon

1 baking potato

1 litre fish stock

300ml milk

250g skinless, boneless smoked haddock

325g tin of sweetcorn

100g spinach

1. Chop the onion and add to a large saucepan with the olive oil. Cook over a medium heat for 2 minutes, then add the chopped bacon. Cook until the bacon is starting to brown.

2. Peel the potato and chop into 1 inch chunks. Add to the saucepan along with the stock and milk. Simmer with a lid on for about 10 minutes, until the potatoes are soft (make sure it doesn’t boil).

3. Chop the fish into chunks the same size as the potato chunks. Add the fish and the sweetcorn to the saucepan and simmer for a further 5-10 minutes, until the fish has turned opaque.

4. Add the spinach and cook until it is wilted. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve with some nice, warm bread on the side.

14 responses to “Smoked Fish Chowder”

  1. I think the Scottish version is called Cullen Skink šŸ™‚

    1. That’s it! Thanks Phoebe, I was racking my brains for ages! šŸ™‚

  2. It looks gorgeous, good for the soul!

  3. It is Cullen skink and this looks perfectly similar! One of my faves so will give this a try. Love this website x

  4. This is making me hungry! Looks great. One alternative is to use smoked salmon in place of or in addition to the smoked haddock if you like salmon. The best chowders i have ever eaten have had smoked fish.

  5. I have a recipe similar to this bookmarked. Looks lush.

  6. Reminds me of being 8 and playing golf with my grampa. So dreamy

  7. I was going to say Cullen skink too! Looks lovely, need this in this cold weather

  8. Chowder wins ANY DAY for me. Lol.

    Thank you for checking out my space, I hope you enjoy what you see just as much as your mouth-watering foods are making me enjoy your blog too. Lol.

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