Coconut Curry Chowder

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

I love chowder (or chowda as it’s called on Cape Caad) and I love curry, so when I discovered this soup, it became one of my favorites. As an added bonus, it’s easy to make, and since it’s almost like a stew, it can feed a hungry crowd. I typically use tuna or halibut, but any solid white fish will do.

NotesImportant tips:

• Keep the heat low or the coconut milk will separate.

• Salt helps bring out the flavor of this chowder. The 1 tablespoon in the ingredient list is a starting point. Before serving, taste the soup and add more salt (½ teaspoon at a time) until it goes from bland to sweet.

6 to 8 servings



Total Timeunder 4 hours

One Pot MealYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free


Taste and Texturecreamy, savory, spiced

Type of Dishchowder, fish soup, soup


  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 large russet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 pound solid white fish filets, cubed
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) coconut milk
  • ¼ cup curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Chop the bell pepper.

  2. Chop the onion.

  3. Chop the cilantro.

  4. Peel the potatoes and cut into ½-inch cubes.

  5. Remove and discard any skin or bones from the fish, then cut it into 1-inch cubes.

  6. Put all the ingredients in a large pot over medium-low heat. Stirring occasionally, simmer for 2 hours or until the potatoes are tender (not soft/not crunchy).

  7. Ladle the piping hot soup into bowls and serve immediately.


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It sounds delicious, my only problem is the length of time cooking the fish..........I can't believe that it won't be totally destroyed in 2 hours.

Even with a variety of additional vegetables & no fish, this was phenomenal ... yum! I needed a curry recepie to sooth my ills and this was easy to pull together from what we had on hand! The house smell wonderful and I actually feel like eating!


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