how to make an irish seafood chowder in 8 easy steps

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 60 minutes


  • 11 oz / 300 g potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • cup / 115g bacon (optional)
  • 0.5 oz/ 1 tbsp of plain white flour
  • 10 oz / 300mls of fish stock
  • 10 oz / 300 mls of milk
  • Pinch of mace
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 9 oz / 250g of cooked mixed shellfish
  • 11 oz / 300g of mixed fish pieces
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped (to serve)

Cooking Method

Step 1: Add potatoes to a large pot of boiling water. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until soft.

Step 2: While potatoes are cooking, heat olive oil in a saucepan over a medium heat.

Step 3: Add onions, garlic and bacon (if using). Cook over a medium heat until onions soften and become translucent.

Step 4: Add flour to onion mixture. Stir to prevent from sticking and cook for 2 minutes.

Step 5: Drain your potatoes and, along with the fish stock, add to the saucepan. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Step 6: Add the milk, mace and cayenne pepper

Step 7: Pour in fish and shellfish and stir. Turn down the heat, allowing flavours to infuse for 15 minutes.

Step 8: Pour into deep bowls to serve. Sprinkle some parsley.

We suggest serving your Irish seafood chowder with thickly-buttered Irish soda bread.

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