My Maine Fish Chowdah Recipe

I think it’s common knowledge that being from New England, we know how to make our Chowdah! From Clam, to Corn, lobster to fish, we make it all!  Us Mainah’s really, really love our chowdah! Even if you don’t have the Maine accent, you still need to call it Chowdah! Not Chowderrrr! It’s just not right, and will NOT taste okay as you eat it! Also being from Maine it’s pre-requisite that you like seafood! If not, then you must move out of the State as soon as possible! Kidding!…….yeah no?. Fish chowdah and the secret, well…not so secret ingredient is fresh fish. Fresh off the boat (love that show!) whenever possible. My Mother knows someone, that knows someone, that has an uncle, that knows someone, who knows a fisherman that we get fresh Haddock from, and it’s downright superb! Making chowdah is very easy, and with simple ingredients like  potatoes, onions, fish, and your milk base, if everything is fresh, you can’t go wrong! It’s not Rocket Science people! It’s what I like to call chop, chop, done, recipe! Chop your onions and potatoes, and your almost done! Everyone has their own rendition of making chowdah. Some good, some bad, and a few in between,… you might not even like my recipe(very doubtful). Who knows?! I make fish chowdah all winter long, and my family loves it! I’m Sharing my recipe with you because everyone should eat chowdah! It’s a Mainah no Brainah!!

Bon Appetit!

Laurie

Chop up some potatoes and onions

Chop up some potatoes and onions

Cook your potatoes a little al dente, and always salt your water! Why? cuz my Grammie said so! And because it flavors your potatoes from the inside out! Always start with cold salted water.

Cook your potatoes a little al dente, and always salt your water! Why? cuz my Grammie said so! And because it flavors your potatoes from the inside out! Always start with cold salted water. As my sweet Grams would say……”And that’s the truth!”

While potatoes are cooking, start sweating your onions in 1/2 stick of butter and a couple TBS of olive oil

While potatoes are cooking, start sweating your onions in 1/2 stick of butter and a couple TBS of olive oil

Listen to them, they will sing sweet nothings in your ear!❤️

Listen to them…they’ll sing sweet nothings in your ear!❤️

Here's where I add salt and pepper to cook in more flavor instead of adding in the very end. I do that after tasting at end.

Here’s where I add salt and pepper to cook in more flavor instead of adding in the very end. I do that after tasting at end.

This is optional, but I always add a little Marsala to my soups and sauces....mmm, so good! Wine makes everything better ?

This is optional, but I always add a little Marsala to my soups and sauces….mmm, so good! Wine makes everything better ?

Check potatoes periodically, nothings worse than mushy potatoes.

Check potatoes periodically, nothings worse than mushy potatoes.

Slowly add milk base to onions. I like to mix it up with a half gallon of half n half, some milk, and a pint of heavy cream. If you don't like it so thick, you can thin out with milk and a cup or two of chicken stock.

Slowly add milk base to onions. I like to mix it up with a half gallon of half n half, some milk, and a pint of heavy cream. If you don’t like it so thick, you can thin out with milk and a cup or two of chicken stock.

I forgot to mention that when my Mom get's the fish, she actually separates and bags it for me. She's the bomb.com!!❤️

I forgot to mention that when my Mom get’s the fish, she actually separates and bags it for me, and writes these sweet little notes on each bag! Um…hello! She’s the bomb.com!!❤️

Isn't this fish beautiful? I add about 1 1/2 lbs. Add this and potatoes to the milk and pinion mixture on low to cook fish. More salt and pepper to taste, sometimes I add a little thyme. As soon as fish barely cooked through, remove from heat....Do Not Overcook Fish! Enjoy

Isn’t this fish beautiful? I add about 1 1/2 lbs. Add this and potatoes to the milk and onion mixture on low to cook fish. More salt and pepper to taste, sometimes I add a little thyme. As soon as fish is barely cooked through, remove from heat….Do Not Overcook Fish! Enjoy

There’s really nothing better on a cold snowy day in Maine, than a nice hot bowl of Fish Chowdah!!!!!..Ayuh!!

  1. 3-6 med to large Maine russet potatoes, chopped.
  2. 1-2 chopped onions
  3. 1-3lbs fresh fish(I use Haddock or Cod)
  4. Milk Base- 1/2 gallon half n half, pint of heavy cream, add the amount of  milk to preferred consistency.  *this is personal preference of how you like your base, if you like it thick use more cream, or if you like it thinned out, use more milk or add a little chicken broth.*
  5. 1/2 stick of butter
  6. 2-3TBS Olive oil
  7. 1-6TBS of Marsala wine ( I always use the latter) ?
  8. 1-2 tsp of thyme *optional
  9. salt and pepper to taste

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