Fish Chowder using Flounder (2024)

BY: Courtney PUBLISHED: 9 Comments UPDATED ON:

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.


Rich and Creamy flavorful Fish Chowder using flounder. You can also use shrimp, lobster, crabs or even clams in this seafood chowder.

When we first made this recipe we had to avoid clams due to our child having FPIES, now one of our family member’s have a dairy allergy and we still enjoy this soup, but with some tweaks. We have had great success turning this into a dairy free chowder.

This chowder is rich and creamy and extremely versatile. You can use any type of fish that you like, just as long as it’s cooked. Want even more flavor? You can use a bit of fish stock instead of water.

Fish Chowder using Flounder (2)

Recipe ingredients and notes:

  • Bacon – We use bacon to flavor the soup, we first brown it in the dutch oven and then use some of the fat to cook the veggies.
  • Carrots – You can either chop or shred the carrots.
  • Celery – We love the flavor celery adds, but you can leave it out if you don’t like celery.
  • Yellow Onion – We recommend using yellow onion for the best flavor.
  • Potatoes – Since this is a chowder we like to use russet potatoes are they get very soft. You could also use yukon.
  • Water – If you want a richer seafood flavor you can use fish stock.
  • Milk – To make this a dairy free chowder you can use full fat Oatly.
  • Thyme
  • Bay Leaf
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter – We use Country Crock plant butter.
  • Flounder – We use flounder, but you could also use crab, shrimp, lobster or even clams for a dairy free clam chowder to be super allergy friendly!
  • All Purpose Flour – Using flour helps thicken the chowder.
  • Half and Half – We also use full fat oatly for the half and half.
Fish Chowder using Flounder (3)

Recipe tips and variations

  • You can make this recipe dairy free by using thick and creamy full-fat oat milk. Our preferred oat milk for cooking creamy dairy free soups is Oatly.
  • Don’t like bacon? You can use ham or even pork instead.
  • Don’t like flounder? You can use almost any cooked seafood like crab, clams, lobster, or even shrimp!
  • Not a fish fan? You can also make this soup with some roasted chicken for a creamy chicken soup.
Fish Chowder using Flounder (4)

Storage and reheating tips

  • Refrigerate: Store any seafood chowder leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and enjoy within 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: To freeze leftover chowder place it in an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze for 3-4 months.
  • Reheat: Place the desired amount of chowder into a saucepan and heat slowly on medium-low heat stirring occasionally until the chowder and all ingredients are warm and at a safe temperature.

How to serve

We like serving with biscuits and a side salad.

Fish Chowder using Flounder (8)

Fish Chowder

Author: Courtney

Rich and Creamy flavorful Fish Chowder using flounder. You can also use shrimp, lobster, crabs or even clams in this seafood chowder.

5 from 9 votes

click the stars to rate this recipe

Print Pin Recipe🖤 Save

Course: Soup

Cuisine: American

Keyword: dairy free soup, fish chowder, seafood chowder

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes minutes

Servings: 10

Calories: 575kcal


  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 large carrot
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 onion yellow
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk use full fat oat milk for dairy free, we prefer oatly.
  • pinch thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter we use country crock plant butter
  • 5 flounder filets a bit over a pound
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 quart half and half use full fat oat milk for dairy free, we prefer oatly.
  • cooked bacon for topping


  • Fry up the bacon in a dutch oven on medium heat.

  • While the bacon is frying chop up your carrots, celery, onion and potatoes.

  • Once the bacon is done chop it up and keep in the pan, add in the chopped veggies as well.

  • Cook the veggies in the bacon and bacon fat for about 5 minutes.

  • Add in the water, milk, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper.

  • Cook until the vegetables are tender on a low-medium fire.

  • While the soup is cooking in a large skillet cook the flounder in the 2 tablespoons of butter until cooked thoroughly.

  • Once the vegetables are tender add the flounder to the soup.

  • In the skillet used for the flounder add in the 2 tablespoons of butter, once melted stir in the flour to make a roux.

  • Once the roux is yellowish/brown add in the half and half slowly, and keep mixing and pouring in the half and half until it's combined.

  • Remove the bay leaf and discard.

  • Add the cream mixture into the soup and cook the soup for 5 minutes.

  • Top with cooked bacon and enjoy!

  • *if you like a thicker soup add a little more flour mixed with some of the stock and then returned to the soup, increasing by a teaspoon each time. be careful as the soup will thicken with time.


” player-type=”default” override-embed=”default”]


Serving: 1g | Calories: 575kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 262mg | Sodium: 792mg | Potassium: 1002mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2002IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 267mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutritional information is automatically calculated and can vary based ingredients and products used. If the nutrition numbers are important for you we recommend calculating them yourself.

nutrition disclaimer

Tried this recipe?Mention @courtneyssweets or tag #courtneyssweets!

So nice to have you here! Did you try this recipe? ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Be sure to leave a recipe rating! Also, tagus@courtneyssweets #courtneyssweetson Instagram so we can share it!

More Soups

  • Pasta e fa*gioli Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)
  • Broccoli Cheddar Soup
  • Broccoli Potato Soup
  • Meatball Soup
Fish Chowder using Flounder (13)

About Courtney

Family, Food, and Photography are Courtney's passions and you'll see all of that on this blog. She is happily married to her husband Chris and together they have two amazing kiddos!

Reader Interactions


  1. Fish Chowder using Flounder (14)Jesse

    Yum. 🙂


  2. Fish Chowder using Flounder (15)Thalia+@+butter+and+brioche

    I have never made chowder before! You have definitely inspired me to recreate this recipe. Thanks for sharing it, it looks delicious!


  3. Fish Chowder using Flounder (16)shelly+peterson

    This looks delicious. My family loves clam chowder, I have never made it before but will have to try this recipe.


  4. Fish Chowder using Flounder (17)Ty

    My husband absolutely LOVES clam chowder! I’ve tried several recipes and they were all not so good. I’m definitely going to give your a try as it looks amazing!


  5. Fish Chowder using Flounder (18)Nicole+Dz

    New England clam chowder reminds me of my grandma, I remember when I was younger she use to make a big pot of it, and it would be on the stove simmering, the smell was so yummy. Brings backs childhood memories.


  6. Fish Chowder using Flounder (19)Rebecca Orr

    This looks delicious! I would love it with the flounder….but of course, my fiancé and kids wouldn’t. More for me!


    • Fish Chowder using Flounder (20)Courtney

      the best part is the flounder makes the fish flavor very subtle 🙂

  7. Fish Chowder using Flounder (21)Wing Sau Chiang

    this looks so delicious! going to give it a try


  8. Fish Chowder using Flounder (22)Julia Chiang

    These seems like a very simple recipe thank you for sharing this with us


Leave a Reply

Fish Chowder using Flounder (2024)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Jerrold Considine

Last Updated:

Views: 6390

Rating: 4.8 / 5 (78 voted)

Reviews: 93% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Jerrold Considine

Birthday: 1993-11-03

Address: Suite 447 3463 Marybelle Circles, New Marlin, AL 20765

Phone: +5816749283868

Job: Sales Executive

Hobby: Air sports, Sand art, Electronics, LARPing, Baseball, Book restoration, Puzzles

Introduction: My name is Jerrold Considine, I am a combative, cheerful, encouraging, happy, enthusiastic, funny, kind person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.