Creamy Seafood Chowder w/bacon,thyme,jalapeno

Daune (pronounced "Dawn") Browne


Cream cuts the jalapeno's heat, but you can still taste it's bright, fresh flavor.

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25 Min
25 Min


4 slice
bacon, cut crosswise into 3/4
medium shallot, minced
jalapeno, seeded and very finely chopped (@ 2 tablespoons)
2 Tbsp
2 can(s)
chopped clams, clams and juice separated (@ 1 cup)
2 bottle
clam juice (8-oz ea.)
1 c
heavy cream
medium unpeeled red potatoes cut into 1/2" dice
1/2 tsp
dried thyme
3/4 lb
skinless haddock or cod fillets
kosher salt and ground pepper


1In a heavy 4-quart saucepan, cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a paper-toweled-lined plate, leaving the fat in the pan.
2Add the shallots and 1 Tablespon of the jalapeno to the bacon fat and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are softened, about 2 minutes.
3Add the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Gradually stir in all the clam juice (from the cans and bottles). Add the cream, potatoes, and thyme; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
4Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, tirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
5Add the whole fish fillets and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the clams and continue stirring until the fish has broken into chunks. Cook until the fish is cooked through and the clams are heated, about another 2 minutes.
6Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with the reserved bacon and the remaining jalapeno.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fish Soups, Cream Soups