Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mom's Whitefish Chowder

My mom makes the best soups. Not only does she make her own chicken or fish broth, but she knows how to use it to make other delicious soups, such as this Whitefish Chowder. The soup is thick with diced potatoes and chunks of tender whitefish. A creamy soup flavoured with bacon and dill, it’s delicious and filling and a total comfort food.

I couldn't wait to ask my mom for the recipe and she wasted no time in dictating it to me; as she spoke, I scrambled to write everything down. My mom started the soup with a homemade fish broth, made from water, fish bones, and fish skin. The mixture was simmered for an hour and then all the bones and skin were discarded, resulting in a flavourful and concentrated fish broth. 

Then she sautéed several strips of bacon, paper clip-sized, in a large soup pan until crisp. She added chopped onions and continued to cook until they were softened. Equal parts fish stock and chicken stock entered the pan, along with grated and diced potato (the grated potato cooks down and helps to thicken the soup without the use of flour or cornstarch). To make the soup a creamy one, my mom added a cup of light cream and a couple cups of milk.

Seasoning was simple: pink Himalayan salt, freshly ground black pepper, nutmeg, and fresh dill leaves, chopped. Before serving, my mom poached the cubed white fish in the soup until just cooked. The result: a flavourful, full-bodied broth which is creamy yet light and rich with tender whitefish and potatoes. This soup is the perfect dish to usher in the frigid months ahead. 

Here is a rough estimation of the amount of ingredients used:
  • fish bones, skin, fat etc.
  • 1 litre water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 8 strips of bacon, paper-clip-sized
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 potatoes, 2 grated, one finely diced
  • 1 cup table cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • dill leaves, chopped
  • 1 lb whitefish, cubed


  1. Mmm that looks incredibly lusciously creamy! I could totally see myself curling up with a bowl of it on these cold days we've been having!

  2. wow...sounds scrumptiously tasty..
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  3. thanks for your sweet comment! we shoot with the same camera. :) i cannot believe you are 16! you know SO much about food (way more than i ever did at that age). can't wait to see more posts from u!

  4. This is a soup after my own heart! Sounds so delicious and packed with flavor! Such a comfort.

  5. Your soup is one of my favorites and it looks like you've made it perfectly including the way it's garnished with the sprigs of dill on top. I'll have to make this soup this winter - just need to get a hold of some fresh white fish;-)

  6. A rich and creamy bowl of soup with all the wonderful ingredients. I like how you garnish the soup, looks very tempting:D

  7. This sounds fantastic! I love chowders and this one looks so inviting!

  8. oh this sounds incredible- just reading that ingredient list makes me want a big bowl!

  9. This soup looks wonderful! Great for the cooler days!


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