This easy chowder recipe can be made with very little fuss. To make the meal fully authentic pair it with Traditional Irish Brown Bread or give your meal an Irish-American twist with homemade croutons made from a day-old loaf of chewy sourdough.
- A healthy, easy, seafood chowder featuring cod, potato, leeks, and bacon!
- A good source of protein, low carb, and gluten-free.
- 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus per serving.
A day on Ireland's majestic coasts would not be complete without a bit of seafood. Even in the summer, the wind whips along the rocks and you will likely be in the mood for something to warm you from the inside out - although the whiskey will help. Chances are very good you will be able to find a restaurant serving traditional seafood chowder. When in Ireland you must order your seafood chowder with slices of brown bread and butter.
Of course, you don't have to buy a plane ticket to enjoy great seafood chowder. While the soup simmers take a moment to close your eyes and imagine waves crashing, shore birds calling, smell the salt air, feel its sting on your face, and conjure an image of cliffs, craggy and menacing against the constant attack of the sea. Then turn and gaze upon the soft green rolling landscape, quiet and protected unaware of the violence below.
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Fish Recipes: Lightened Irish Seafood Chowder
- 4 oz smoked bacon
- 2 medium leeks white and pale green, sliced in ¼ inch crescents
- 2 large celery stalks halved and diced
- 1 lb Russet potatoes peeled & diced
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 - 8 oz bottles of clam juice
- 1 ½ cups whole milk room temperature
- 12 oz low fat evaporated milk
- 2 pounds cod fish cut into 11/2 inch chunks
- 1 cup parsley
- Optional: a few sprigs of thyme or lemon thyme leaves only
- Cook the bacon in large dutch oven or soup pot over medium high heat until it has turned brown and crispy. Once the bacon has browned remove it to a paper towel lined plate. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the rendered fat.
- Add leeks and celery to pot and cook them until they begin to soften (about 5 minutes), stir frequently.
- Reduce the heat to medium and add the potatoes and clam juice, add thyme now if including. Simmer the vegetables until the potatoes can be easily pierced by a fork, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, crumble or dice the bacon strips into small bits. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of the bits for garnish.
- When the potatoes are tender - reduce the heat to medium low and add all of the milk, then return bacon (minus 1 tablespoon) to the pot and add the fish.
- Simmer the chowder on low to medium low heat, make sure it does not begin to boil. The chowder is ready when fish has cooked through, about 15 minutes. The fish should be flaky but firm.
- Toss in a handful or two of finely chopped parsley and add additional salt and pepper if desired. Keep the chowder on low heat until ready to serve. Garnish with additional parsley and reserved bacon.