Manhattan Chowder

28 Nov 2023

A chowder is a hearty fish soup.

There are two types, the first is thick and creamy and comes from New England in the North East of the USA. This one comes from New York, home of the Statue of Liberty, and is thought to have arrived there with the first Portuguese settlers.

We teamed up with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) to create this tasty recipe. ASMI celebrates wild, natural and sustainable seafood such as salmon and pollock.


1 large onion
2 medium carrots
600g potatoes
4 slices smoked streaky bacon
1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
½ x 5ml spoon dried thyme
1 reduced-salt vegetable stock cube dissolved in 400ml water
420g skinless salmon fillets
10g fresh basil


Weighing scales
Sharp knife
Chopping board
Large saucepan
Measuring jug
Wooden spoon
Can opener
Measuring spoons


  1. Wash the potatoes and carrots.
  2. Peel and dice the onion.
  3. Peel and cut the carrot into even sized pieces.
  4. Peel and cut the potatoes into 1 cm cubes.
  5. Use the scissors to cut the bacon into small pieces.
  6. Cut the salmon into bite-size chunks.
  7. Place the saucepan over a medium heat, add the bacon and gently fry until crispy and the fat is released.
  8. Add the chopped onions and carrots and fry gently, stirring occasionally, until tender.
  9. Add the dried thyme, chopped tomatoes, vegetable stock and potatoes. Cover and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are
    tender but not falling apart.
  10. Add the salmon pieces and simmer for a further 4-5 minutes.
  11. Serve in bowls and garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Skills used include:
Peeling, chopping, crushing, frying and boiling/simmering.

Top Tips

  • As this soup is not liquidised, try to keep your vegetables the same size so they’ll cook evenly and make the dish more visually appealing.

Something to try next time

  • Try using different types of fish. The traditional Manhattan Chowder uses clams but you could use prawns or mussels.