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5 from 17 votes

Restaurant Style New England Fish Chowder

Making delicious restaurant-style soups in your kitchen isn't difficult. It's all about the ingredients and a few simple techniques. And my New England Style Fish Chowder is a perfect example of a restaurant-style soup that you can make in your own kitchen for your family and friends.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 380kcal


  • 1 pound halibut or other fish or combination of seafood
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion small dice
  • 4 stalks celery small dice
  • 2 large carrots small dice
  • 1 cup corn kernels fresh or frozen
  • 2 medium potatoes cut into ¼-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves chopped
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • In a 4- 6 quart soup pot add the bacon and cook until almost done over medium-high heat
  • Add the butter, onion, celery, and carrots, to the pot. Continue to cook the mixture for 4-6 minutes. Stirring the mixture as needed.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add in the flour, making the roux that will thicken the soup.
  • Allow the roux to cook over low heat for 5- 7 minutes, but don’t let the roux get dark or burn.
  • Heat the stock in a saucepan while the roux is cooking. Add the hot stock to the roux and mix well using a wire whisk.
  • Add the potatoes, corn and fresh thyme into the pot at this time stirring them into the soup.
  • Add the milk and heavy cream to the soup. Bring to a light boil, reduce the heat to simmer and allow to simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  • After allowing the soup to simmer, add the halibut and black pepper. Let the soup continue to simmer over low heat for an additional 15-20 minutes. Or until the halibut is fully cooked.
    **If the soup gets to thick, add water to pot. I wouldn't add any more dairy at this point, just water.
  • Serve with crusty bread or crackers.


Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 823mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3634IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 2mg