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Jan 18, 2019

Cod Chowder with Bacon

This Cod Chowder with Bacon, loaded with Yukon gold potatoes and a bite-sized pieces of cod, will warm you up and fill your tummy on a snowy day. 

Cod Chowder with Bacon, loaded with Yukon gold potatoes and a bite-sized pieces of cod

I live in the Los Angeles area where snow is really rare, as in almost never. However, we have just had a whole week of rain and temperatures in the 50s (also known as "freezing" around here)! This gave everyone a chance to break out cool rain boots, beanies, and pretty wool scarves, and pile our beds with lots of blankets.

Fortunately, we didn't have any significant mudslides or flooding after this week of rain, and the temperatures next week will be in the 70s. No one complained as we needed the rain.

However, this weather called for soup that is comforting and warms you up. Enter this cod chowder!

Make this cod chowder with bacon recipe: 

cod chowder with bacon

This cod chowder was killer good, as in "do I really have to share it?" good. One of the reasons is that I used the leftover shrimp stock that I had frozen after making this herb and wine poached shrimp cocktail.

One of my favorite secret ingredients is shrimp stock. It is so flavorful. Whenever I make a shrimp dish, I freeze the shells to make stock later. It is so worth it.

This is a photo of the defrosting shrimp stock. It's gold!!

Shrimp stock

If you don't have shrimp stock, you can substitute bottled clam juice. You will still have a delicious, creamy, and briny broth.

How do you make this cod chowder?

First, you fry the bacon to render the drippings and brown the bacon. Next you sweat some onions, celery, and garlic in the bacon drippings (and some butter) and then create a roux with some flour.

Add some wine and deglaze the pan, and then add the shrimp stock or clam juice, potatoes, and herbs. Once the potatoes are just about cooked through, add some milk and cream, seasonings, and the cod. Add some lemon juice as a final touch and serve garnished with the bacon and some parsley.

Leftovers of this soup hold up really nicely. This is a hearty and delicious chowder and will be on regular rotation in our house.

If you love cod as much as I do, definitely try Cod Soup from County Cork as well. 

This Cod Chowder with Bacon, loaded with Yukon gold potatoes and a bite-sized pieces of cod. #chowder

Today is National Soup Swap Day. Who knew? Kate's Recipe Box is hosting a round up of soups to celebrate. This "holiday" also coincides with Soup Saturday Swappers, hosted this month by Palatable Pastime. What does this mean? Double soup for you!!

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National Soup Swap Day Recipes

Snow Day Soups:

soup, chowder, cod, potatoes, bacon
soup, appetizer
Yield: 6 servings
Cod Chowder with Bacon

Cod Chowder with Bacon Recipe


  • 6 ounces diced bacon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 cups of shrimp stock or clam juice
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon of minced fresh thyme and 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of hot sauce to taste
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce to taste
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of cod fillets cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Chopped fresh parsley and hot sauce for garnish


  1. Cook the bacon in a large Dutch oven or saucepan until crispy. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate and remove all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat from the pan. 
  2. Add the butter to the bacon fat in the pan and heat over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, and garlic. Cook, covered, for seven minutes, until softened. 
  3. Add the flour, and cook, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes. Add the wine and deglaze the pan. Cook for about 3 minutes. 
  4. Add the shrimp stock (or clam juice), diced potatoes, thyme, and bay leaf. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes. 
  5. Add the milk, cream, salt, pepper, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Return the pot to a simmer and add the cod. Simmer for about 7 minutes until the cod is cooked through. Stir in the lemon juice. 
  6. Serve topped with the bacon and parsley. 
Created using The Recipes Generator
This recipe was adapted from Cuisine at Home, Issue No. 133 Jan/Feb 2019

Would you like to comment?

  1. I am in line with my bowl! Your cod chowder looks perfect!

  2. This looks really perfect! We have a storm this weekend with "blizzard-like conditions" expected, so this would be a delicious and warming meal!

  3. I'm a big fan of fish chowders. I've used clam juice but I eat enough shrimp to make stock. Great idea!

  4. This sounds delicious! I love the layers of flavor you've created in the soup. Thanks for linking up to the Celebrate 365 Soup Swap!

  5. It amazes me who very much we are on the same page all the time. I've been looking at cod chowder as I have leftover cod in the freezer from Fish Friday Foodies. I think this is the best recipe I've seen. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Wendy. Great minds! I am pretty sure you will love this soup. I really didn't want to share.

  6. This sounds yummy and looks amazing. I love the creaminess of the soup.

  7. I bet the bacon adds an amazing flavor to this!

  8. That crispy bacon has me swooning! And yes, shrimp stock IS gold! Yum!

  9. I love these photos! I love seafood and soup together, so this is perfect! And the bacon is just the perfect touch.

  10. I love this cod chowder. The flavor from the shrimp stock is bringing this over the top delicious! i have some stock in the freezer from shrimp cocktail. Making a trip to the fish monger this week for some cod! my family will love this chowder

  11. My husband is a huge fan of chowder, and adding bacon makes it even better!


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