Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

You can substitute other ocean fish, such as red snapper, sole, cod or haddock. Back in the old days, the recipe called for 1 Tbsp salt, but I've reduced it to 1 tsp here and would use even less if making it just for myself. Some may like this better without the cloves; in that case, omit the cloves.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 1 Tbsp bacon drippings in large heavy pot; add onions, garlic and green pepper and sauté over high heat 4 minutes.
  2. Add rest of drippings and flour and cook over medium low heat, stirring, until flour mixture is golden and a bit thickened.
  3. Stud chunk of potato with whole cloves and add to soup along with next 8 ingredients (diced potatoes through bay leaf) plus 6 cups water; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add fish, cover and let simmer 8 more minutes; remove and discard the potato chunk with the whole cloves stuck in it.
  5. Pour chowder into 4 soup bowls, top with lemon slices and serve hot.
Most Helpful

A fantastic flavor and one that I would prepare for company.

joneangel April 16, 2012