What do you do when you have a freezer full of fish? Make seafood chowder of course! Seafood chowder is a wonderful treat that tastes great any time of year. It is the type of meal that no matter what ingredients and type of fish that you decide to use, you can’t go wrong. So go ahead and pull that fresh fish that you caught out of the freezer and make a thick and hearty seafood chowder!
1/2 pound bacon strips, diced
4 cups peeled and chopped potatoes
3 medium onions, sliced thin or chopped
3 cups water
1 pound bay or sea scallops
1/2 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 pounds cod or tilapia, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
3 pounds haddock fillets, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
4 cups milk
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
Cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, drain on paper towels and dice. Save the grease drippings from the bacon and sauté the chopped onions until soft. In a large soup kettle or Crockpot, add potatoes and water; bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
Next add the scallops, shrimp, cod (or tilapia) and haddock. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until scallops are opaque, shrimp are a light pink and the fish pieces are white and flake easily with a fork. Add the butter, sautéed onions, parsley, salt and lemon-pepper. Stir in milk and evaporated milk; heat for 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle with the crispy bacon pieces.