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Rachel Allen’s Ballycotton Fish Chowder

A flavorful fish chowder made with fresh and smoked fish, potatoes, and bacon. Serve with Brown Soda Bread, Wholemeal Honey Bread, or Brown Yeast Bread.

  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale
  • Extra virgin olive oil 3 ounces (100g) bacon, cut into
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black
  • pepper
  • 6 ounces (175g) potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/8-inch (1cm) cubes
  • 2 cups (500ml) chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups (350ml) milk
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounces (200g) fish fillets (mixture of salmon and a white fish, such as pollock, haddock, or cod) cut into 3/4- to 1-inch (2-3cm) chunks
  • 3 ounces (100g) hot smoked haddock or smoked salmon, cut into 3/4-inch (2cm) pieces
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Pour a small drizzle of olive oil into a large saucepan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, tip in the bacon. Fry for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all the fat has rendered and the bacon is crispy and golden brown.
  2. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper (bearing in mind that the bacon is quite salty), and cook for another 5 minutes. Then add the potatoes with the stock, milk, and cayenne.
  3. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat, and simmer for 3 minutes, or until the cubes of potato are half cooked. Add the fish and gently simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes, until the fish is opaque and the potatoes are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste, stir in the chopped herbs, and serve.


from Rachel’s Irish Family Food (reprinted with permission)

  • Author: Lindsey Johnson
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: main, soup
  • Cuisine: Irish