Clam Chowder

Top of the soups this winter should be Ed Baines's flavoursome fish chowder - a tasty mix of cod, clams, bacon and potato
By Ed Baines
Clam Chowder
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 16 large or 32 small clams
  • 25 g butter
  • 50 g lardons of bacon
  • 100 g onions, diced
  • 225 g potatoes, diced
  • 300 ml milk
  • 120 ml cream
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 100 g skinless cod fillets
  • sea salt and freshly ground freshly ground white pepper

For the garnish

  • 2 water biscuits, chopped into little pieces


1. Wash and scrub the clams then place them in a large pan with a splash of water. Cover tightly and cook over a high heat.

2. As soon as the clams are open, take the pan off the heat and drain them in a colander, saving the cooking liquor in a bowl. When the clams are cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the shells and cut into 1cm pieces.

3. Melt the butter in a frying pan and fry the diced pork or bacon, until it starts to brown.

4. Add the onions and fry until softened.

5. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan with the milk, cream and bay leaf. Bring to the boil then reduce to a slow simmer until just cooked but still firm.

6. Add the pork, onions and clam cooking liquor and simmer for a further 5 minutes.

7. Cut the cod into 1cm dice and add to the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes, until the cod is cooked.

8. Add the clams, warm through gently and season to taste.

9. Pour the chowder into a serving tureen then garnish with the chopped parsley and crushed water biscuits.

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