1700s Cod “Chowda”

“Chowda” is the proper pronunciation in New England.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1⁄2 cup clam juice
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 medium Idaho potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cod fillet (1 lb.), cut in half
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Heat a Dutch-oven over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until the fat has rendered out and the bacon is crispy. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon. Set aside. Add the cream, clam juice, thyme, potatoes, cod, salt, pepper, and bay leaf.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook very gently for about 25 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.
  • Ladle into 2 bowls and top with reserved bacon.