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Irish Seafood Chowder

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Irish Seafood Chowder is delicious and filling comfort food… and is common fare in Irish pubs and restaurants. Serve with Irish Soda Bread for an authentic and delicious meal in 30 minutes or less!

Top view of Irish Seafood Chowder on a wood serving board with Irish Soda Bread

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If you’re longing for simple, fresh, delicious Irish Pub food, or a cozy bowl of Irish comfort food, you’ve found one of my favorites!

Deliciously simple to make, and packed with seafood the Emerald Isle is known for, this Irish Seafood Chowder highlights everything delicious about this beautiful country.

Tips for Making Irish Fish Chowder

Used smoked fish whenever possible. It’s what gives this chowder it’s amazing flavor.

I also love to use seafood stock. While vegetable stocks works fine in a pinch, the seafood stock takes it to the next level!

Side view of Irish Seafood Chowder in a white soup bowl with fresh parsley

Irish Seafood Chowder Ingredients

Specific ingredient measurements are in the recipe card below.

  • Butter for sauteing
  • Aromatics: onion, potatoes, celery, garlic, bay leaf, salt and pepper
  • Flour for thickening for the chowder
  • Cooking liquid: seafood stock or vegetable stock, plus milk, cream, or half and half
  • Seafood: use smoked fish if you can for the best flavor imaginable. I’m using a combination of cod (or any white fish), smoked salmon, frozen prawns and musscels but bay scallops, clams or crab meat is delicious too!
  • Fresh parsley for serving

How to Make Irish Fish Chowder

As with most soups, this seafood chowder is exceptionally easy to make. While step-by-step instructions are in the recipe card below, here’s a brief overview with photos.

In a large soup pot, melt the butter and cook onion and celery over medium heat until softened; about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or until fragrant.

Top view of melting butter in a Dutch oven for Irish Seafood Chowder
Top view of aromatics sauteeing in butter for Irish Seafood Chowder

Add the flour and stir until the aroma is nutty; 1 to 2 minutes.

Add stock, potato, bay leaf, milk and smoked fish to the pot; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium high and simmer until potato is soft, about 10 min. 

Top view of vegetables sautéing in butter in Dutch oven
Top view of seafood stock being poured into white Dutch oven for Irish Seafood Chowder

Then add the remaining seafood and bring the chowder back to a simmer. Cook until the shrimp is pink and the shellfish (if using) have opened, and the fish flakes easily. Stir gently to prevent scorching.

Smoked seafood cooking in a large white Dutch oven for Irish Fish Chowder
Top view of shellfish and mussels being added to Irish Seafood Chowder at the end of cooking.

Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve with Irish Soda Bread. I baked a fresh batch of Mini Irish Soda Bread for individual servings!

Top view of Irish Seafood Chowder on a dark brown wooden serving board in a white bowl

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Top view of Irish Seafood Chowder on a wood serving board with Irish Soda Bread

Irish Seafood Chowder

Irish Seafood Chowder is scrumptious and filling. It's also common Irish Pub fare. Serve with Soda Bread for a 30-minute authentic meal!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 celery rib chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups seafood stock or vegetable stock
  • 1 russet potato peeled and diced small
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 ½ lbs fish use smoked if you can. I like a combination of white fish and salmon cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces prawns peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 1/4 lb. bay scallops or clams or crab meat
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley for serving

Instructions

  • In a large soup pot, melt the butter and cook onion and celery over medium heat until softened; about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Add the flour and stir until the aroma is nutty; 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add stock, potato, bay leaf, milk and smoked fish to the pot; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium high and simmer until potato is soft, about 10 min. 
  • Then add the remaining seafood and bring the chowder back to a simmer. Cook until the shrimp is pink and the clams have opened if using, and the fish flakes easily, stirring gently to prevent scorching.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve with Irish Soda Bread.

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Nutrition

Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 857mg | Potassium: 975mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 589IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Irish Seafood Chowder

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