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Smoky Cod and Parsnip Chowder

A wonderful New England creation, merging the sweetness of parsnips with a smoky cod broth. Good fish alternatives include haddock, pollack, cusk, or whiting. Smoked haddock and smoked pollack are good substitutes for the smoked cod.


  • 1 pound cod fillets
  • 1/2 pound lightly smoked cod, skin and bones removed
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 pound parsnip, chopped
  • 1/2 pound potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  1. 1. If the smoked cod has a strong smoky flavor, soak it in water for 30 minutes, drain, and rinse.
  2. 2. In a large saucepan, cover the cod and smoked cod with water, and add the juice of half a lemon and the thyme. Bring the cooking liquid to a gentle simmer. Poach the fish for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the fish is just cooked and tender. Remove the fish to a bowl, and reserve the poaching liquid. When the fish has cooled enough to handle, break it into large bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  3. 3. While the cod is cooking, peel the parsnips, and cut them into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Peel the potatoes, cut them into 1/2 inch dice, and place them in a bowl of water to prevent discoloring.
  4. 4. In a large saucepan or kettle, melt 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine over medium heat. Add onion, and cook until wilted and golden. Add the parsnips, potatoes, and 3 cups of the reserved poaching liquid. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  5. 5. Heat the milk and cream in a small saucepan. Do not boil. Stir to the vegetable mixture.
  6. 6. Add cod and smoked cod; stir. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Just before serving, stir in remaining tablespoon of butter. Top each serving with freshly ground pepper and chives.
Nutritional Information

Servings Per Recipe: 7 ,Amount Per Serving :,Calories: 348 ,Total Fat:0.678 oz ,Cholesterol:0.055 grain ,Sodium:0.238 grain ,Total Carbs:0.784 oz ,Dietary Fiber:0.162 oz ,Protein:0.805 oz ,