New England Style Cod Chowder

45 minutesServes 4


  • 4 oz. meaty salt pork or slab bacon, diced
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 stalks of celery with leaves, finely chopped
  • The Fresh Market Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn Grinder, to taste
  • 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into ½” cubes
  • 1 bottle clam juice (8 ounces)
  • 1 ½ c. seafood stock
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 ½ lbs. skinless cod, cut into 2” pieces
  • 1 ½ c. heavy whipping cream (can use up to 2 c.)
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh flat leaf parsley, for garnish
  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh chives, for garnish


Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat and cook salt pork or bacon until brown, but not crisp, 8-10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meat to paper towels to drain.

Add butter, onion, and celery to drippings in the pot; season with The Fresh Market Sea Salt & Black Peppercorn Grinder. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion and celery are soft, 5-8 minutes.

Add potatoes, clam juice, seafood stock, and thyme; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, 10-15 minutes.

Season cod with The Fresh Market Sea Salt & Black Peppercorn Grinder and place fish on top of potatoes. Cover pot and cook (liquid should be barely simmering) until fish is opaque throughout, 5-7 minutes. Thicker pieces will take longer to cook.

Add heavy whipping cream and return to a simmer. At this point, the fish will break into smaller pieces. Season with The Fresh Market Sea Salt & Black Peppercorn Grinder and garnish with bacon, parsley and chives just before serving.