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Creamy Seafood Chowder with Bacon, Thyme & Jalapeño

Servings: four.

The cream in the soup tempers most of the jalapeño’s heat, but you can still taste its bright, fresh flavor.


  • 4 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeded and very finely chopped (about 2 Tbs.)
  • 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 2 6-1/2-oz. cans chopped clams, clams and juice separated (about 1 cup juice)
  • 2 8-oz. bottles clam juice
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 to 10 oz. unpeeled red potatoes (about 2 medium), scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 3/4 lb. skinless haddock or cod fillets
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on four servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 310
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 90
  • Fat (g): 9
  • Saturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 35
  • Sodium (mg): 540
  • Carbohydrates (g): 43
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 17


  • In a heavy 4-qt. saucepan or Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 8 min. Transfer the bacon to a small dish lined with paper towels, leaving the fat behind in the pan.
  • Add the shallots and 1 Tbs. of the jalapeño to the bacon fat and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are softened, about 2 min. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 min. Gradually stir in all the clam juice (from the cans and the bottles). Add the cream, potatoes, and thyme, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat as necessary and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, about 10 min. Add the whole fish fillets and cook for 3 min. 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 min.
  • Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper. Portion into warm soup bowls and sprinkle each serving with the reserved bacon and the remaining jalapeño.


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Reviews (6 reviews)

  • Taylor50 | 07/09/2020

    Like others suggested, this is a great base for different seafoods. I’ve made a version using prosciutto and leeks (since that’s what I had on hand) canned crab and added a can of corn - delicious. In fact that was my son’s favorite.

  • user-5965852 | 10/02/2019

    Excellent Chowder!

    Culinary Lesson: Heavy Creams should be added at the end of the preparation once the soup's temperature falls below 160. Creams will break and separate if this rule is not followed.

    I would love to have the author of this recipe explain the culinary benefits of adding the cream early in the recipe and simmering it (along with the stock) in order to cook the potatoes and seafood.

  • teebee | 01/24/2014

    Made this today, when we had a high temp of 10 degrees. Fantastic! I loved the little bit of heat from the jalapeo. Certainly hit the spot!

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