Seafood Chowder

This is one of our newest discoveries. Tried for the first time at a local pub, we liked it so much we decided to try & recreate it. It was pretty successful if we say so ourselves. We use the fish pie mix you can get from most supermarkets, and a bag of frozen prawns. If you’re low on spoons this is great because it’s quick & simple but there’s still opportunities to rest while its simmering. We find our perch stool in the kitchen is our best friend!

Adapted from this recipe.

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
100g lean bacon, chopped
1 tbsp plain flour
600ml fish stock, made from 1 fish stock cube
225g new potato, halved
pinch cayenne pepper
300ml milk
320g pack fish pie mix (salmon, haddock and smoked haddock)
4 tbsp single cream
1 bag frozen prawns
crusty bread, to serve

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, then add the onion and bacon. Cook for 8-10 mins until the onion is soft and the bacon is cooked. Stir in the flour, then cook for a further 2 mins.
Pour in the fish stock and bring it up to a gentle simmer. Add the potatoes, cover, then simmer for 10-12 mins until the potatoes are cooked through.
Add the cayenne pepper and some seasoning if required, then stir in the milk.
Tip the fish pie mix into the pan, gently simmer for 4 mins. Add the cream and prawns then simmer for 1 min more. Check the seasoning.

Serve with some crusty bread. Perfect comfort food.