Fennel & Fish Chowder

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.


5 responses to “Fennel & Fish Chowder”

  1. 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

  2. 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)

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

  4. 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.

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

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