Bon Appetit February 2, 2020

Coconut Cod Chowder With Seasoned Oyster Crackers

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Seafood


  • 1 1/2 lb. skinless boneless cod
  • 2 1/2 tsp. kosher salt divided, plus more
  • 5 Tbsp. ghee or unsalted butter divided
  • 2 medium leeks white and pale green parts only, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 6 Garlic Cloves thinly sliced
  • 1 piece ginger peeled, about 3 inches, cut into matchsticks
  • 3/4 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 serrano chile thinly sliced
  • 12 oz. baby Yukon Gold or red potatoes halved
  • 2 - 13.5 oz. cans unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 leaves celery stalks thinly sliced, plusfor serving (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups oyster crackers
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 limes divided


  • Season cod all over with 1½ tsp. salt; set aside. Heat 3 Tbsp. ghee or butter in a medium Dutch oven over medium. Cook leeks, garlic, and ginger, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 3 minutes. Add turmeric, coriander, and cardamom and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chile, potatoes, coconut milk, 1 tsp. salt, and ¾ cup water; bring to a boil (still over medium). Immediately reduce heat so soup is at a bare simmer. Cover, leaving lid slightly askew, and cook until potatoes are barely fork-tender, 10–12 minutes.
  • Carefully nestle reserved fish into pot, spoon some broth over, and cover, leaving lid slightly askew. Cook at a bare simmer 4 minutes, then stir in celery. Cook until fish is opaque and flakes easily, about 5 minutes. Taste chowder and season with more salt if needed.
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 Tbsp. ghee in a small skillet over medium-low. Add crackers and stir well to coat. Cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add paprika; toss to evenly coat.
  • Slice 1 lime in half and squeeze juice into chowder. Taste and season with more salt if needed. Ladle into bowls, breaking fish into large pieces. Scatter celery leaves over chowder if using and top with crackers. Slice remaining lime into wedges and serve alongside.
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