J & J Alaskan Halibut Chowder

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Fall is in full force and the soup, chowder, and stew season has arrived.  This is my favorite time of the year; leaves are changing and showing their beautiful colors, the first chill is in the air, and the hunting season has begun. My J & J Alaskan halibut chowder served with Farmers Bread is a substantial chowder with potatoes, line-caught halibut, and bacon that speaks fall and comfort.

Having a treat such as Alaskan halibut in my freezer, needed some real soul searching on what to do with such a delicate catch. First, I was thinking Asian, then the Mediterranean, and finally it hit me, chowder, a recipe as simple as it gets.
Chef Paul Sorgule, who writes the food blog Harvest America Ventures, nailed simplicity, real enjoyment, and flavor with the article CHEFS- KEEP IT SIMPLE, DO IT BETTER. What a great article and so true, food in the absence of flavor and passion will quickly lose its appeal.

Halibut Chowder

Alaskan halibut chowder is my first seafood recipe post on my blog. Not that I’m afraid to cook seafood at home, what inspired me to cook halibut chowder is the fact that I was the lucky recipient of about 7 lbs. of fresh Alaskan halibut. Halibut caught in the clear cold waters of the Pacific Ocean is a Chef’s dream. The filets were as fresh as they can be, with a clean, no fishy smell whatsoever.

Halibut Chowder

Comfort Food:

Webster dictionary defines comfort food as:
Food that is satisfying because it’s prepared in a simple or traditional way and reminds you of home, family, or friends, all-important qualifications that my chowder recipe passes with flying colors. In September, my friend Joe and his son John went on a fishing trip to Alaska and caught about 150 lbs. of rockfish, salmon, and a HUGE halibut. The quality of the halibut was amazing. The Halibut arrived nicely portioned, vacuum packed, ready to go with compliments of Joe, John, and the Calder Mountain Lodge located on the Northern tip of Prince Wales Island.

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Halibut chowder, a dish that is very satisfying telling a fisherman’s tale about history, traditions, simple food, flavor, and acceptance.

Alaskan Halibut Chowder

Alaskan Halibut Chowder

Alaskan Halibut Chowder

“It was THIS Big” 

Halibut prefer deep waters, 200 to 300 feet deep with rocks and ledges, and are prized as trophy fish for their quality flakey meat. I wish I could have been onboard the fishing vessel.  I just can imagine and hear the scream: FISH ON. I have a visual of Joe jumping into action grabbing the fishing pole, it must have been exhilarating and hard work to steadily reel in a 95 lb. beast from a depth of 200 to 300 feet. Finally spotting the monster coming up to the surface and getting it into the boat is another story to tell. By the way, the Alaska state record weight for a halibut is 450 lbs.

Alaskan halibut chowder cooked in my favorite Dutch Oven served with crusty Farmer’s bread, is a match made in heaven. Cooking halibut is an easy task, the secret is not to overcook the fish.  If you overcook halibut it can be dry. Halibut has a very mild flavor, so adding a little bacon creates a great flavor combination. My chowder is cooked mindfully, with attention to detail, and beats a canned or frozen soup any day.

Halibut Chowder

Eating Mindful: 

Sometimes I cook like it will be my last meal and indulge.  However, I realize that it’s ok as long as I go back to eating mindfully and in moderation.  Talking about moderation, a word that is used a lot more in our days with everything that has to do with food. The fundamental question you need to ask yourself is 1 scoop or 1 pint of cream – moderation.  There is a real danger with eating in moderation, once you give yourself the green light to eat anything in “moderation” I will guarantee it, you are in trouble. I know you agree, there is the need for a basic level of nutritional education, portion sizes, variation, seasonality, and quality that goes hand in hand with eating in moderation.

Halibut Chowder

Halibut Chowder

J & J Alaskan Halibut Chowder

Chef Norbert
Halibut chowder, a dish that is very satisfying telling a fisherman’s tale about history, traditions, simple food, and flavor.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 569 kcal

Recommended Equipment

1 Dutch Oven
1 Chef's Knife
1 Cutting Board
1 Vegetable Peeler
1 Whisk

Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 slices smoked bacon diced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium carrot peeled and diced
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 rib celery chopped
  • 5 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp paprika powder
  • 8 ounce clam juice bottled
  • 1 each bay leave
  • 1/8 tsp dry thyme
  • 4 ounce heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cubs 2 % milk
  • 16 ounce chicken stock
  • 1 Lb gold potatoes
  • 1 Lb Alaskan Halibut cut into 1 - inch pieces
  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Parsley chopped

Instructions
 

Cook bacon, onion, carrots, and celery

  • Using a Dutch Oven add olive oil and bacon, cook bacon over moderate heat until crisp and transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper towel to drain. Pour off fat and sauté onion, carrots, and celery over medium heat until soft.
    4 slices smoked bacon, 1 medium carrot, 1 medium onion, 1 rib celery, 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Cook the chowder

  • Add 5 tablespoons of flour and cook for about 3 minutes. Add paprika powder and continue stirring for 30 seconds. Add clam juice, chicken stock, cream, bay leaf, milk, and thyme, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.
    5 tsp all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp paprika powder, 8 ounce clam juice, 1 each bay leave, 4 ounce heavy whipping cream, 1/2 cubs 2 % milk, 16 ounce chicken stock, 1/8 tsp dry thyme

Add potatoes and halibut

  • While chowder is cooking, peel potatoes and cut into 1/4 inch dice. Add potatoes to chowder and simmer uncovered for 8 minutes. Add halibut and simmer until just cooked through about 5 minutes. Season with sea salt and pepper
    1 Lb gold potatoes, 1 Lb Alaskan Halibut, 1/8 tsp Sea Salt, 1/8 tsp Pepper

Serve

  • Garnish each serving with bacon bits, chopped parsley, and serve with crusty Farmers bread
    2 tbsp Parsley

Nutrition

Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 569kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 514mg | Potassium: 1408mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g

Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate

Keyword Appetizer, Chowder, Easy, Fall
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Join the Conversation

  1. Pure comfort. Perfect balance of flavors so the mild halibut still takes center stage. You put together an amazing recipe that will be part of my family’s favorite recipes file. I can’t thank you enough for sharing.

    1. Norbert Author says:

      Hi Tina, thank you for your kind feedback.
      I’m happy to hear that the recipe is a favorite and will be part of the family recipe file.
      best Norbert

  2. Debbie Kane says:

    Delicious recipe. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Norbert Author says:

      Glad you enjoyed the Chowder. I love my Clam chowder 🙂

  3. Betsy Danforth says:

    This was a terrific recipe to use for any fish, really. I had some leftover halibut that was already cooked (medium rare), and it was still great! I used a bit more carrot and celery and definitely more olive oil to sautee veggies, also, threw in sprigs of fresh thyme in with veggies as well as flatleaf parsley. All else was pretty spot on, and my friends loved it!

    1. Norbert Author says:

      Thank you for the feedback. I love that recipe and I agree it works pretty much with any fish.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the Chowder, served with a crusty piece of Farmers bread, you have a great lunch or dinner that screams comfort and flavor, best NB

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