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Ballycotton Fish Chowder

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“This is based on a recipe by Rachel Allen”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (really just a drizzle)
  • 3 ounces bacon
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, freshly ground
  • 6 ounces potatoes (peeled and cut into 3?8-inch cubes)
  • 2 cups chicken stock (I like Swanson's low sodium)
  • 1 12 cups milk (whole milk is nice)
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 4 ounces salmon (cut into three fourths to 1-inch chunks white fish pollock, haddock, or cod ) or 4 ounces white fish (cut into three fourths to 1-inch chunks white fish pollock, haddock, or cod )
  • 3 ounces hot smoked haddock (cut into three fourths inch pieces) or 3 ounces smoked salmon (cut into three fourths inch pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Pour a small drizzle of olive oil into a large saucepan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, tip in the bacon. Fry for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all the fat has rendered and the bacon is crispy and golden brown.
  2. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper (bearing in mind that the bacon is quite salty), and cook for another 5 minutes. Then add the potatoes with the stock, milk, and cayenne.
  3. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat, and simmer for 3 minutes, or until the cubes of potato are half cooked. Add the fish and gently simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes, until the fish is opaque and the potatoes are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste, stir in the chopped herbs, and serve.
  4. Notes.
  5. You want to use about 8 oz of fish total use a balance/combination you like.
  6. Be cautious with the salt.

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