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Monkfish Chowder

  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds monkfish, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons Essence
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound Idaho potatoes (about 2 large), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 cups fish stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  • Season the monkfish with the Essence and set aside.
  • In a medium, heavy stockpot, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until just crisp and the fat is rendered, about 4 minutes. Add the onions, celery and bell pepper, salt and cayenne, and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the potatoes and stock and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the corn and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the half-and-half, and bring to a boil. Add the monkfish, lower the heat, and simmer until the fish flakes, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the parsley and serve hot in soup bowls.