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Smoked Trout Chowder

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6

Here’s a fresh take on a classic chowder, made with flavorful smoked fish. For a lighter version, use whole milk in place of the cream.


  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb (3/4 lb./375 g), stalks and fronds removed, bulb quartered, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups (16 fl. oz./500 ml) chicken broth
  • 1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) bottled clam juice
  • 3 small red potatoes, finely diced
  • 1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) heavy cream
  • 8 oz. (250 g) smoked trout, crumbled
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh dill
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


In a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and fennel and sauté until soft, about 7 minutes. Add the broth and clam juice and bring to a boil. Add the potatoes, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes. Add the cream, smoked trout, lemon juice and dill and cook for 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Soup of the Day, by Kate McMillan (Weldon Owen, 2011)