West of Ireland Seafood Chowder
We live in the West of Ireland, and around here Irish seafood chowder is a very common meal to be found in the local pubs and restaurants. This is my recipe for a simple seafood chowder based on some ingredients I can easily get locally at my Aldi store.
What is in Irish Seafood Chowder?
For this chowder, I used a ‘seafood mix’ from Aldi which consisted of 250 grams of mixed fresh white fish (like Haddock, Cod, Pollack and Hake) with some salmon. Some of the fish had already been smoked, I think the smoked Haddock, which gives the chowder lovely smokey flavour.
I also used some frozen Atlantic prawns and some Irish crab meat, to fill the dish out, but really you can use pretty much what you want, as long as the tastes go together.
Seafood chowder in Ireland can consist of many varieties of seafood, but commonly you will find that restaurants will use the fresh fish and shellfish that they can get locally. Hence salmon, haddock, hake, cod and pollock will often be found in an Irish chowder.
Often mussels are included in chowder, for example, but really you can use whatever you can get your hands on.
Hence a Galway seafood chowder recipe may be very different to a Dingle seafood chowder recipe or even a Donegal seafood chowder recipe. The recipe will follow the fish, but they all taste great and are all super creamy.
Just make sure the fish is the kind with nice meaty type flesh, like haddock or salmon that does not need lots of cooking until it falls apart. Some of the farm-fished white fish out there today are less suited to be used in a chowder I think, because of this.
Irish Soda Bread
In the West of Ireland, chowder is nearly always served with soda or wheaten bread to mop up the juices. Ideally, a good Irish salted butter would be used to butter the bread. We are so very lucky to have such superb quality dairy products in Ireland.
This is a really tasty recipe, and if you have any leftovers you can keep it in the fridge for a day and reheat it. It tastes even better a day later.
I hope you enjoy this simple recipe and try and make it at home. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below, and how you improved it. What seafood did you use?
How to make Irish Seafood Chowder