Chunky Seafood Chowder

Susan, AKA Kiwicook
Susan, AKA Kiwicook

Susan, AKA Kiwicook

In her days as a recipe developer, Susan has created over 450 recipes. Her Dutch and New Zealander roots serve as a basis for her culinary inspiration.

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I know, I know.. I’ve been a bit over-active on the blog front in the last week. Must be the cold winter months driving me to create warming, comforting meals! And, on that note, a thick fish chowder called my name today.

But I didn’t want to faff about too much – I wasn’t after gourmet; just something quick, yet nourishing.

A can of soup and a can of creamed corn gives the basic structure to the soup, into which the fish and veges are added. And it’s all done in one pot – even though this is written with a slow-cooker in mind, it can obviously be done in a large saucepan, or even in the oven.

The recipe is completely flexible. I only vaguely followed the amounts specified and swapped stock powder for curry, which gave the chowder a nice kick. I also didn’t bother using the milk powder – I presume it’s to thicken the soup, but I found it was thick enough anyway. I also threw in some prawns and peas, but honestly, just use whatever you’ve got lying around. Also, I found I didn’t need to cook it for so long – I probably only cooked it for 2-2.5 hours max – not really sure why the 5 hours is recommended. But just use your own judgement on that one. Enjoy.



This Chunky Seafood Chowder is seriously versatile! Use your favorite fish, add in extra shellfish for a touch of luxury, or toss in a handful of peas for a pop of color. It's a hearty, flavorful recipe that's easy to adapt to your preferences, making it a weeknight go-to that never gets boring.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Course Soup
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 95 kcal



  • 1 large onion , chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 2 fairly large potatoes , diced
  • 1 large carrot , chopped
  • 2 cups pumpkin , cubed
  • 1 cup celery , sliced
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 tsp instant stock powder (fish, chicken or vegetable) OR 1-2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 can (440g) any light-coloured cream soup (e.g. celery, chicken, mushroom or onion)
  • 1 can (440g) creamed corn
  • 500g raw, skinless, boneless fish fillets
  • Optional: Extra shell-fish (such as prawns, calamari, mussels, etc.)
  • Optional: A handful of frozen peas
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup dried milk powder
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Chopped parsley or dill to serve


  • Turn the slow cooker on to HIGH.  Alternatively, use a large saucepan on the stove-top.
  • In a large fry-pan cook the onions gently in oil until transparent. Transfer to the slow cooker or saucepan.
  • Add the chopped potatoes, carrots, pumpkin and celery to the onions and stir to combine.
  • Add the hot water and stock powder (or curry), then stir in the can of soup and the creamed corn. Put on the lid and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or until all the vegetables are tender.
  • Cut the fish into bite-sized pieces and stir them into the chowder. If using extra shell-fish or peas, add them in now. Cook on HIGH for another hour.
  • Mix the milk and powdered milk together until smooth, then stir into the soup (I didn’t bother with the powdered milk, as the chowder was thick enough). Leave for 15 minutes longer.
  • Adjust seasonings and serve sprinkled with fresh parsley or dill leaves.


Calories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 162mgPotassium: 451mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 3851IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chowder, Seafood Chowder
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Susan, also known as the Kiwi Cook, hails from Levin, New Zealand, and has a unique Kiwi-Dutch-British heritage that influenced her culinary upbringing. As an artist, tutor, writer, and editor, Susan dedicates her weekends to creating delectable dishes. Her food philosophy embraces moderation and listening to her body's needs.

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