Smoky Fish Chowder


A mix of seafood, spicy sausage, and vegetables give this fish chowder a rich, coastal flavor that suggests the soup’s been simmering on the stove for hours. In reality? This dinner’s on the table in 30 minutes. You’ll brown the chorizo, then add the leeks, potatoes, canned tomatoes, a few cups of water, and salt and pepper. After that base boils a bit, you’ll add two pounds of white fish (chopped into two-inch pieces) and simmer until the fish is cooked through. Garnish each bowl with chopped fresh parsley, and dig in. Serve alongside crusty bread to soak up that broth.

Smoky Fish Chowder
Photo: Hans Gissinger
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 serves


  • 8 ounces Spanish chorizo (cured sausage), thinly sliced

  • 4 leeks (white and light green parts), cut into half-moons

  • 1 ½ pounds Yukon gold potatoes (about 4 medium), cut into ½-inch pieces

  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 2 pounds skinless firm white fish (such as halibut or cod), cut into 2-inch pieces

  • ½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. In a large pot, brown the chorizo over medium-high heat, 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Add the leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Add the potatoes, tomatoes (with their juices), 3 cups water, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cover and bring to a boil.

  4. Reduce heat and simmer until the potatoes are just tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

  5. Add the fish and simmer gently until opaque throughout, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the parsley before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

406 Calories
14g Fat
25g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 406
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 856mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Protein 41g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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