Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is one of the recipes I adopted -- it's gotten 5 stars all around, so I won't change it, but I wouldn't use margarine or cooking oil -- I would use either light olive oil or unsalted butter. I also might substitute half and half for the milk, to be a little decadent once in a while...

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut cod fillets into bite sized pieces.
  2. Melt margarine in large saucepan Cook onion and celery until onion is tender and translucent. Add potatoes, carrots, water, salt and pepper.
  3. Cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add fish and cook 10 minutes longer.
  5. Add milk.
  6. Reheat, but do not boil.
  7. Serves 4.
  8. Serve hot, with freshly baked home made bread or rolls and butter.


Most Helpful

Delicious! I added cornstarch to thicken it up, some Old Bay seasoning, more salt and pepper, and McCormick's salt free, all purpose seasoning to kick up the flavor. Love, love this chowder. Thank you very much for sharing your recipe.

hannahamil February 22, 2010

You want to use butter in this dish if you want a great tasting chowder, and I have to admit I used quite a bit more than called for because the butter gives the broth so much flavor! I used haddock instead of cod, because we like it much better and it was a delicious meal indeed!

ItalianPrincess3 July 11, 2010

I am puzzled by all the blandness comments as I live not too far from the ocean and have eaten from Gloucester all the way up to Old Orchard Beach in Maine..., A true fish chowder to me was very simple and while I understand all the comments, I didn't care as much for adding seasonings(NEVER had carrots either in a chowder) beyond those in this recipe...however that being said it was still delicious. My husband basically likes all chowders..I will deinitely make this again!!!! It is easy to tailor to whatever you like.

shanti2 January 10, 2010

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