Grandmaʼs Seafood Chowder

This recipe for seafood chowder came from one of our grandmothers who got it from her grandmother living out in Eastern Canada. That’s five generations!

Seafood is often a staple for anyone living in Nova Scotia, but overfishing has become quite the topic of conversation lately. It is very important nowadays to know exactly where your fish is coming from and the methods of which are used for fishing, as some are very unsustainable.

Educating yourself about THE REDLIST, for example, is essential to slowly changing supply and demand. Remember, if no one wanted to purchase at risk species, no one would supply it! The beautiful thing about educating yourself is that there are always alternatives, you just have to look around.

Print out this seafood guide when grocery shopping to make sure youʼre always eating sustainably!

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Grandma’s Seafood ChowderServes 12 bowls


2 cups lobster
1 lb fish fillets
1 cup crab
1 lb scallops
1/2 cup onions, chopped 1/4 cup buttter

2 Tbsp flour
3 cups potatoes, peeled & diced 1 cup water
3 cups 10% cream
4 cups milk
1 tsp salt
pinch cayenne pepper


Get rid of any bits of shell or cartilage from the lobster and cut into bite-size pieces. De- bone fish and cut into 1-inch pieces. Leave that for now.

In a large pan saute onions in butter. Stir in flour and cook for about a minute. Add potatoes and just enough water to cover, bring to a boil, cook until tender. Add fish, scallops, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add milk, lobster, lobster juice, mussels and seasonings. Stir all ingredients together.

Cover and simmer until fish is thoroughly heated through, about 5-10 minutes.



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