Seafood Soups

Fennel & Fish Chowder

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Super quick fish chowder. I used cod because it’s a firm, meaty, flaky fish that’s pretty easy on the budget and difficult to overcook. I even found it wild-caught in the freezer section of the grocery store. Besides using my new favorite soup base of the cream-like, non-coconut tasting coconut creamer, I took out the normal chowder base of starchy potatoes and used fennel in its place, for texture and the nice anise flavor it adds.


  • 2 fennel bulbs, fronds and core removed, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • F.O.C. (fat of choice)
  • 1 pint original coconut creamer
  • 1 qt stock (I’d use chicken or veg, as beef may be too strong and tinge the color of the soup)
  • 1-1½ lb cod (not salt cod), cut into chunks
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • s&p
  • 5 slices bacon, crisped up & crumbled (optional)
  • green onions or chives, chopped (optional)


In a large soup pot, saute the fennel and onion in a few tablespoons of your F.O.C. (I’d recommend bacon renderings!) until soft. Add the creamer & stock. Let it come to a simmer. Add the fish pieces and let them poach until they’re cooked through, about 10 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. Serve topped with crumbled bacon & chives.

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    Tracy S
    February 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    This was a VERY nice, light soup. We had it with artichokes on the side and it was a hit with the entire family, which is really saying something since we have a 2 year old, an 8 year old and a 17 year old lol

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    Tracy B
    March 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Found you through Foodee (and through your awesome paleo seafood balls!)

    How do you find the coconut creamer as compared to canned coconut milk taste/price-wise? You mentioned it doesn’t taste coconutty… I’d love to have something creamy that didn’t have coconut taste! (Though I’m used to it now in my coffee/tea)

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    Tracy B
    March 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Oh… and I wonder what clam juice in place of the stock would be like?

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    March 31, 2011 at 11:49 am

    made this last night! i subbed organic heavy whipping cream for the coconut creamer, and it was divine. thanks so much for the recipe. the bacon and chives really top it off. i want to make it with cod as well as potatoes next time.

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    April 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Just made this with seafood stock and the Trader Joe’s seafood blend, it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!!

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