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Rustic Fish Chowder

President John F. Kennedy's affinity for fish chowder was likely inspired by his love of sailing off the coast of New England. In my version, I use fresh halibut my brother-in-law, a commercial fisherman, catches in Kodiak, Alaska. Top servings with grated Parmesan, minced green onions or a few drops of hot sauce.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (3 quarts)


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 pounds potatoes (about 6 medium), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pound cod or halibut fillets, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  • In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add potatoes, corn, broth, salt, celery salt, pepper and thyme; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, 10-15 minutes. Mash potatoes slightly.
  • Stir in cod and cream; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 6-8 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 242 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 842mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein.

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