Trinidad and Tobago Fish Chowder Recipe

Fish Chowder

Trinidad and Tobago Fish Chowder Recipe
Region / culture: Trinidad and Tobago | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 6


Fish Chowder
Fish Chowder

Fish chowder is a hearty and comforting soup that is perfect for a cold winter day. This dish is a staple in many coastal regions around the world, where fresh seafood is abundant. The combination of tender fish, creamy broth, and flavorful seasonings make this dish a favorite among seafood lovers.


Fish chowder has been a popular dish for centuries, with variations found in many different cultures. The origins of fish chowder can be traced back to the early settlers in North America, who adapted their traditional recipes to include the abundant seafood found in the region. Over time, fish chowder has evolved to include a wide variety of ingredients and seasonings, making it a versatile and customizable dish.


How to prepare

  1. Saute the salt meat by removing it from the pot and adding onion. Saute the onion until it becomes transparent. If no salt meat is used, saute the onion in a little vegetable oil.
  2. Clean the fish and remove the bones. Cut it into small pieces and season with pepper, salt, chadon beni, and thyme. Add the seasoned fish to the onion, along with sliced potatoes and salt meat (if used).
  3. Cover the mixture with boiling water and simmer until the potatoes are tender, which should take about 30 minutes.
  4. Add milk to the mixture and heat it through. Take out a small portion of the hot soup and mix it with flour in a cup. Then, add this mixture to the soup while stirring constantly to prevent any lumps from forming.
  5. Sprinkle a little paprika powder on top to garnish and finish by topping it with cut-up chives.


  • You can customize fish chowder by adding additional ingredients such as corn, carrots, celery, or bell peppers. You can also experiment with different seasonings and spices to create a unique flavor profile.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

When selecting fish for chowder, choose a firm white fish such as cod, haddock, or halibut. These types of fish hold up well in the soup and add a mild flavor.

- To enhance the flavor of the chowder, consider adding a splash of white wine or a squeeze of lemon juice.

- For a thicker chowder, you can add more flour to the soup mixture. Be sure to mix the flour with a small amount of hot soup before adding it to the pot to prevent lumps from forming.

- To add a smoky flavor to the chowder, you can include cooked bacon or smoked fish as an additional ingredient.

Serving Suggestions

Serve fish chowder with crusty bread or oyster crackers for a complete meal. You can also garnish the chowder with fresh herbs such as parsley or dill for added flavor.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making a delicious fish chowder is to simmer the ingredients slowly to allow the flavors to meld together. Be sure to stir the chowder frequently to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you are unable to find salted meat, you can substitute it with cooked bacon or ham for a similar flavor profile. You can also use vegetable broth instead of milk for a dairy-free version of the chowder.

Make Ahead Tips

Fish chowder can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Simply reheat the chowder on the stovetop before serving.

Presentation Ideas

To make fish chowder more visually appealing, you can garnish it with a sprinkle of paprika powder and a handful of cut-up chives. Serve the chowder in a bread bowl for a rustic presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Fish chowder pairs well with a crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay. You can also serve it with a side salad or steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover fish chowder in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat the chowder on the stovetop over low heat, stirring occasionally until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

300 per serving


35g per serving


8g per serving


25g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

Fish chowder is a good source of vitamin D, vitamin B12, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for overall health and well-being.


Fish chowder may contain allergens such as fish, milk, and wheat (if flour is used as a thickening agent). Be sure to check for any allergens before consuming this dish.


Fish chowder is a nutritious and delicious dish that provides a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals that are essential for a healthy diet.


Fish chowder is a classic dish that is easy to make and full of flavor. With a few simple ingredients and some basic cooking techniques, you can create a delicious and satisfying meal that is sure to please your family and friends. Enjoy this comforting soup on a chilly day for a taste of the sea!

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was filled with a sense of excitement. It was a chilly winter day, and my dear friend Martha had invited me over for lunch. As I entered her cozy kitchen, the enticing aroma of simmering fish broth filled the air. My mouth watered in anticipation as Martha revealed that she was making her famous Fish Chowder.

Martha was a talented cook, and I always admired her ability to create delicious meals from scratch. As we chatted and sipped on steaming cups of tea, Martha shared the story of how she had learned to make Fish Chowder from her own grandmother, who had passed down the recipe through generations.

I listened intently as Martha explained the process of making the chowder: sautéing onions and celery in butter until they were soft and fragrant, adding in chunks of fresh fish, potatoes, and a generous amount of cream. She seasoned the chowder with bay leaves, thyme, and a hint of paprika, letting it simmer on the stove until the flavors melded together perfectly.

As Martha stirred the pot of chowder, the rich aroma wafted through the kitchen, making my stomach growl with anticipation. Finally, she ladled the steaming chowder into bowls and garnished them with a sprinkle of fresh parsley. I eagerly took my first spoonful and was instantly transported to a world of comfort and warmth. The creamy broth enveloped my taste buds, while the tender chunks of fish melted in my mouth.

From that moment on, I was determined to learn how to make Fish Chowder myself. I begged Martha for her recipe, and she graciously shared it with me, along with a few tips and tricks she had picked up along the way. Armed with this newfound knowledge, I set out to recreate Martha's delicious chowder in my own kitchen.

I gathered all the ingredients I needed: fresh fish, potatoes, onions, celery, cream, and a medley of herbs and spices. As I chopped and diced, I thought back to Martha's patient instructions and tried to replicate her technique as closely as possible. The kitchen was filled with the comforting scent of simmering broth, and I felt a sense of satisfaction as the chowder began to take shape before my eyes.

After what felt like hours of stirring and simmering, the chowder was finally ready. I carefully ladled it into bowls, just as Martha had done, and garnished them with a sprinkle of fresh parsley. I couldn't wait to taste the fruits of my labor.

As I took my first spoonful of Fish Chowder, I closed my eyes and savored the flavors that danced on my tongue. The creamy broth was a perfect balance of richness and tanginess, while the tender chunks of fish and hearty potatoes added a comforting texture. I felt a surge of pride as I realized that I had successfully recreated Martha's recipe in my own kitchen.

Since that day, Fish Chowder has become a staple in my cooking repertoire. I have made it countless times for family gatherings, dinner parties, and cozy nights at home. Each time I prepare the chowder, I think back to that fateful day in Martha's kitchen and the sense of excitement that filled me as I first tasted her delicious creation.

I am grateful to Martha for sharing her recipe with me and for inspiring me to continue exploring the world of cooking. Through her guidance and my own experimentation, I have learned to make Fish Chowder my own, infusing it with my own unique twists and flavors.

As I sit down to enjoy a warm bowl of Fish Chowder on a cold winter's day, I am reminded of the power of food to bring people together and create lasting memories. And I am grateful for the legacy of recipes that has been passed down to me, connecting me to generations of cooks who have come before.


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