June 15, 2021

Simple Seafood Chowder

A classic creamy chowder that's easy to prepare and packed with flavor. Perfect for a casual family lunch or get together with friends, it's a hearty dish that pairs extremely well with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.


Serves 6

  • 250g cooked shellfish (lobster, clams, mussels, prawn or crab)
  • 350g white fish (such as smoked haddock, cod, bass or snapper)
  • 100gm streaky bacon, diced
  • 200g potatoes, cubed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 600ml fish stock
  • 300ml milk
  • 4 tbsp cream
  • 1 tbsp butter or oil
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • Pinch of allspice
  • Pinch of chilli to taste
  • Salt and pepper
  • Handful of parsley, chopped
  • Serve with fresh crusty bread and a squeeze of fresh lemon


  1. Heat the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat
  2. Add the onion and bacon and gently saute for 8-10 minutes until the onion is soft and translucent and the bacon is cooked (tip: if your onion starts to brown, add a dash of water and put a lid on)
  3. Add the flour, stir and cook for another two minutes
  4. Pour in the fish stock and bring it to a gentle simmer
  5. Add the potatoes, cover and simmer for 10-12 mins until the potatoes are cooked.
  6. Add the allspice, chilli and salt and pepper
  7. Stir in the milk
  8. Add the white fish to the pan and gently simmer for four minutes
  9. Add the cream and shellfish and simmer for just one more minute
  10. Check the seasoning
  11. Sprinkle with the parsley and squeeze the lemon on top
  12. Serve with crusty bread