Recipe by PA-Dave
I found this recipe on www.nyseafood.org after buying some fresh Blackfish from a market in Newport Beach, RI. Blackfish is also known as Tautog, and is firm bodied and mild flavored, somewhat like Sea Bass. The chowder is thick, creamy, and a little sweet. Try using needle-nose pliers to pull out the Blackfish bones. You'll want to get them all before you cut up the fish. Ironically, I can't find Blackfish near my home, so I substitute Sea Bass. It works well. Let me know if you find another fish that works.
Top Review by Katanashrp
I agree that it's better than a clam chowder. I made a few changes with what I had on hand. I used finely chopped browned kielbasa instead of bacon, regular milk instead of evaporated since I don't like my soup too thick anyway. I also sauteed some celery with the onions because I like it in a chowder and I wanted to use it up. Thank you.
- 1 lb blackfish fillet
- 4 slices bacon
- 1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 cup red potatoes, raw,diced
- 2 cups water
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 1⁄2 cup clam juice
- 1 (13 ounce) can evaporated milk
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon white pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Rinse fish and pat dry.
- Cut into bite sized (1/2 inch pieces) and set aside.
- In a small skillet sauté bacon until crisp.
- Remove bacon, blot excess fat with paper towels, crumble and set aside.
- Discard bacon dripping except for approximately 2 tablespoons.
- Add onions and sauté in bacon fat until tender but not brown.
- Transfer onions to a deep saucepan and add potatoes and water.
- Cover and bring to a gentle boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add fish and simmer for about 10 more minutes or until fish and potatoes are done.
- In a small bowl combine flour and clam juice and stir with a fork until smooth.
- Add to fish and potato mixture stirring constantly to blend flour into cooking liquid.
- Stir in evaporated milk, butter and salt and pepper to taste.
- Continue heating over medium heat until chowder thickens.
- Garnish with crumbled bacon before serving.