Classic Maritime Seafood Chowder

Recipe details

Servings: 6
Time: Under 30 minutes


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried dill or thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups (500 mL) water or fish stock
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups (750 mL) Milk
  • 2 cups (500 mL) chopped raw skinless fish fillets or cooked seafood (shrimp, lobster, scallops, crab, clams, oysters)
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • whole grain crackers, crumbled


  1. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat; saute celery, onion, bay leaf, dill, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper for about 5 min or until onions start to brown. Stir in potatoes; saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high; stir in water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium and boil for about 5 min or until potatoes are almost tender.
  3. Whisk flour into Milk and stir into pot; bring to a simmer, stirring often. Stir in fish or seafood; simmer, stirring often for 5 min or until fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork or seafood is hot. Discard bay leaf. Stir in lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and top each serving with crumbled crackers.


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Classic Maritime Seafood Chowder

Recipe courtesy of Dairy Farmers of Canada

Nutrition Information

per serving
  • Calories 266
  • Protein 19 g
  • Carbohydrates 38 g
  • Fat 5 g
  • Fibre 4.1 g
  • Sodium 290 mg