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Slow-Cooker corn and fish Chowder

November 23, 2010

in Fish, Recipes, Slow cooking, Soup, starters dips and snacks, Vegetarian

Finally. A recipe interesting enough to share. I planned to tell you how I’m feeling all better now but then I managed to jam my lower back rolling out off bed. How pathetic is that? Now I need help putting  my socks on. So romantic. No wonder my poor husband falls all over himself trying to help out. Poor dear.

This recipe is easy enough to prepare even when operating at approximately 23% of your capacity. Take my word for it. The smell that fills your house is divine and my chowder-loving-fancy-golf-course-hopping neighbour said it was one of the best she had. Not bad for sore self-pitying shadow of a blogger.

I set out to create a hybrid between Bouillabaisse which is a French fiery red fish stew and a creamier chowder. To add tang to the base flavor I used a teaspoon ofHarissa, which is a North African hot chili paste. Many Chowders are started by frying some bacon. I  chose to add 1 dried mushroom to my pot and found that it rendered it a subtle deeper taste. If you do not have Harissa, try adding some other chili sauce. No Shiitake mushrooms? try one of the other dried variety or omit it altogether.

I served this creamy chowder with my home made whole wheat cheddar biscuits, which are even easier to make. Yum. You won’t believe the speed in which these disappear.

Slow-Cooker Corn and Fish Chowder


3 medium potatoes, cubed
1 can (540 ml) corn kernels
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 leafy celery sticks, finely chopped
2 Tbsp butter or canola oil
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
5 Tilapia fillets, cubed (approx. 500 gr or 1lb) – I used frozen.
1/2 to 1 tsp Harissa paste (depending of how tangy you want your soup to be)
1 cup chopped parsley
2 bay leafs
1 liter (4 cups) chicken, fish or vegetable broth
1 dry shiitake mushroom
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream


1. In a microwave safe bowl, place onions, celery, oil and flour. Mix well and cook for about 3 minutes, until the onions are translucent and smell nice.

2. Put onion mixture in your slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients, all except the cream.

3. Cook for a minimum of 3 hours on LOW. At that point, my potatoes were already soft and the fish well cooked but I definitely think It could cook for another hour or two if needed.

4. Add the cream. Discard the mushroom (or eat it. But don’t tell anyone). Your done. Now go dip in some biscuits.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Hubby December 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Finally! It’s about time you post this recipe. It was delicious, the best chowder ever. Looking forward to get variations on the theme.


Samantha March 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I’m always looking for a new chowder recipe. This one sounds great! What size crock pot did you use? I have 2… 3 1/2 liter and 7 liter.

ayallawt March 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Thank you! it’s a lovely recipe and really easy to make, which is always a plus in my book.

I have both sizes at home. I believe that for this recipe I used the large one but as long as your crock is more then half full, you’re fine. If the soup fits in the small crock, it will work out well too. I think that the fuller the slow cooker is, the slower it cooks, which is a good thing if you want to leave it alone while you are away.

Good luck!

Evie April 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

What can I substitute for the Heavy Cream. Fish chowder is ideal for ‘low’ fat recipe, except for the heavy cream, of course. Appreciate your reply.

ayallawt April 12, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Evie, I would try a ‘half-and -half’ (10% cream) or maybe try evaporated milk? it’s nice and creamy and low fat.

Good luck and please return to let me know how it worked out!

wayne March 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

sounds very good but,catfish is better and serve over rice.

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