Take a Tour of the Atlantic with These 8 Chowders

From New England to Scotland, the world loves a hearty fish stew

By SAVEUR Editors

Published on December 1, 2015

With access to abundant fresh seafood, the coasts that touch the Atlantic Ocean know a thing or two about making a mean seafood chowder. But classic New England clam chowder is nothing like Florida's Minorcan chowder, which is nothing like Scotland's Haddie Chowder, which is nothing like Norwegian cod chowder. They're all worth trying, so if you're not looking to sail around the Atlantic, take our chowder tour right from your home kitchen. No lifejacket required.

New England Clam Chowder

The New England classic: briny with clam liquor, smoky with bacon, more clam than potato, and a slurp of cream for good measure.

Clam "chowda."

Lobster and Corn Chowder

Fresh sweet summer corn and lobster are on display in this creamy New England chowder, subtly spiced with cayenne and black pepper.

Not all New England chowder comes with clams.

Manhattan Clam Chowder
Manhattan Clam Chowder

The briny, classic Manhattan-style chowder is made with two types of clams and plenty of tomato. Perfect for adding a briny helping to browned butter in lobster rolls. Get the recipe for Manhattan Clam Chowder »

Skip the cream for a zesty tomato broth.

Smoked Whiting and Scallop Chowder

Milk-poached smoked whiting gives thick, creamy seafood chowder a briny, woodsy depth of flavor.

This smoked whiting and scallop chowder is as creamy as it gets.

Minorcan Clam Chowder
Minorcan Clam Chowder

Don’t call it Manhattan clam chowder. This tomato-based soup is Minorcan, and gets a kick of heat from chiles.

For those who like a little less cream and a little more spice.

Water-Prince Corner Shop Chowder
Water-Prince Corner Shop Chowder

The Water-Prince Corner Shop and Lobster Pound in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island is known for their seafood-laden chowder. Get the recipe for Water-Prince Corner Shop Chowder »

With six types of seafood, this Acadian version is for the fish lover.

Finnan Haddie Chowder
Finnan Haddie Chowder

This Scottish-style chowder adds smoked haddock and a splash of sherry for a rich flavor and smoky bite.

For those who like their fish smoked.

Norwegian Cod and Root Vegetable Chowder (Fiskesuppe)
Norwegian Cod and Root Vegetable Chowder (Fiskesuppe)

When making this creamy fish stew, feel free to substitute mahimahi, salmon, scallops, or shrimp for the cod.

The chowder that's half cod, half vegetable.

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