Tested till perfect Nova Scotia Seafood Chowder
Nova Scotia Seafood Chowder
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Nova Scotia Seafood Chowder

Chock-full of a variety of seafood, fish and vegetables, this rich soup is inspired by a similar chowder served at the Masstown Market, near Truro, N.S. Enjoy a hearty bowlful with Buttermilk Biscuits.

By Alison Kent and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: August 2011

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 150 ratings.
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  • Prep time 35 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Portion size 12 servings


  • 900 g 900gmusselmussels
  • 2/3 cup 2/3cupdry white wine
  • 3 tbsp 3tbspbutter
  • 3 3ribs celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 2oniononions, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspeach salt and sweet paprika
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspcayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp 3tbspall-purpose flour
  • 1 bottle (240 mL) 1bottle (240 mL)clam juice
  • 2 2yellow-fleshed potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 340 g 340ghaddock fillethaddock fillets, or other firm-fleshed fish fillets, cut in 2-inch (5 cm) chunks
  • 340 g 340gsea scallopsea scallops, halved horizontally
  • 1 can (320 g) 1can (320 g)frozen lobster meat, thawed and drained
  • 3 cups 3cups10% cream
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupchopped fresh parsley
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Scrub mussels; remove any beards. Discard any mussels that do not close when tapped.

In saucepan, bring mussels and wine to boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until mussels open, about 5 minutes. Strain, reserving broth; discard any mussels that do not open. Let cool enough to handle. Remove and discard shells; set mussels aside.

In Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat; fry celery, onions, salt, paprika and cayenne pepper, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes. Stir in flour; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

Stir in reserved broth, water and clam juice, scraping up any brown bits on bottom of pan. Add potatoes; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered and stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

Stir in haddock, scallops and lobster; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in cream, mussels and parsley. Stir until heated through, about 2 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool. Refrigerate in airtight containers for up to 2 days.)

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 236 pro 21g total fat 10g sat. fat 6g
carb 14g fibre 1g chol 78mg sodium 405mg
potassium 582mg

% RDI:

calcium 11 iron 13 vit A 12 vit C 12
folate 14
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