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Fresh Corn Chowder with basil and white fish -a light and healthy summery dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes. Use halibut, cod, sea bass, salmon or scallops! Video.
There is something utterly magical that happens when fresh summer corn and basil come together. A heavenly union!
Fresh Corn Chowder with Basil and White Fish is seasoned simply and minimally, allowing the fresh summer flavors to really shine through. This simple, light, 30-minute dinner is quick and easy enough for a weeknight meal, yet special enough for Sunday supper.
What I love about this recipe
The corn “chowder” can be made with or without dairy- and perhaps a better way to think of this is more like a flavorful vegetable base for the fish, rather than a soup or stew. It’s very light, fresh and summery- not heavy or rich like a real chowder, what-so-ever. Hopefully, this makes sense.
In the photo above I added a splash of half and half, and in the photo below, I left it out completely for a cleaner, leaner version. Both were good. This week I partnered with heart-healthy, gluten-free, highly nutritious Idaho Potatoes, and featured their new crop Idaho yellow potatoes in the recipe.
Fresh Corn Chowder Video
Ingredients in Fresh Corn Chowder:
- olive oil
- white or yellow onion (or sub 1 large shallot)
- new potatoes (new crop yellow potatoes, red, yukon, or any with thin skin)
- ear of fresh corn- (or 1 1/2 cups frozen)
- 1 cup stock (veggie, chicken or fish)
- fresh basil leaves – cut into ribbons or torn
- Optional: half and half or nut milk
- Fish- halibut, sea bass, wild Alaskan cod, haddock, salmon, black cod, shrimp, or scallops
- salt and pepper to taste
How to make Corn Chowder
1.) Prep all the veggies.
2.) Saute in a large skillet with olive oil, then cover and steam.
3.) While the chowder is cooking, pan-sear the fish.
Here I’ve used Alaskan Cod, but salmon, sea bass, black cod, halibut, shrimp, or scallops would also work well.
4.) To the tender corn and potatoes, add a little splash of half and half ( or broth), and season with salt and pepper.
5.) Once the fish is seared, serve it over the flavorful corn chowder.
This recipe makes two hearty portions- perfect for date night. 😉
The fresh corn “chowder” is so light and healthy and together with the basil, it’s really delicious!
Give it a whirl this weekend, I think you will love how easy it is to make, and how adaptable it is – use any fish or seafood you like or have on hand in your freezer.
To me, the combination of fresh basil and fresh summer corn is nothing short of heavenly. Happy summering!
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Fresh Summer Corn Chowder with White fish
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: Main
- Method: Saute
- Cuisine: Northwest
Fresh Corn Chowder with basil and white fish -a light and healthy summery dinner that can be made in under 30 minutes. Use halibut, cod, sea bass, salmon or scallops!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup diced white or yellow onion (or sub 1 large shallot)
- 8 ounces new potatoes (new crop yellow potatoes, red, yukon, any with thin skin) – cut into small dice (no bigger than 1/2 inch thick- the smaller you cut them, the faster they will cook)
- 1 ear of fresh corn- kernels sliced off ( or 1 1/2 cups frozen)
- 1 cup stock ( veggie, chicken or fish) or sub water- or use corn stock (see notes)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Pepper to taste
- 1/8 cup fresh basil leaves – cut into ribbons or torn
- Optional 2–3 tablespoon half and half
- 8 ounces fish- halibut, sea bass, wild Alaskan cod, haddock, salmon, black cod, shrimp, scallops
- olive oil for searing
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until fragrant about 3 minutes. Add potatoes and corn. Saute 2- 3 minutes, add water or stock, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Cover, turn the heat down to low and simmer 10 minutes, or until potatoes are fork-tender.
- While the potatoes are simmering, sear the fish. Heat oil in another skillet. Season fish with salt and pepper and sear each side over medium-high heat. Lower heat and cook to your desired doneness. Set aside.
- When the potatoes are fork-tender, uncover and cook off a little of the liquid. At this point, you could add a few tablespoons half and half or soy milk for a little extra creaminess (cook it for a minute or two to thicken) or simply leave it out.
- Stir in half of the basil. Taste, adjust salt.
- Right before serving, stir in the remaining basil, saving a little for the top. Dish up the sweet corn”chowder” and top with the seared fish and basil.
For even more corn flavor, scrape the cobs with the end of a knife and gather the “milk”. Place this along with the cobs ( you an cut them smaller) into a pan or pot, covered with water, and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes to make corn stock. Reduce to one cup.
- Serving Size: ( with the inclusion of 3 tablespoons of half and half- feel free to leave this out!)
- Calories: 414
- Sugar: 7.3 g
- Sodium: 260.3 mg
- Fat: 18.7 g
- Saturated Fat: 4.1 g
- Carbohydrates: 34.7 g
- Fiber: 3.6 g
- Protein: 27.8 g
- Cholesterol: 60.2 mg
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Have made this many times since finding recipe. FANTASTIC and whole family loves it.
Great to hear Colt!
Wow! Fantastic way to consume any white fish. Our new go to recipe. Made it with frozen Tilapia and it was amazing.
Loved this recipe ! Used bass and omitted the half and half, added a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice before serving. Amazing 😋
Perfect Diane! Glad you enjoyed!
This was a fabulous meal. Surprising how such few ingredients combined make up a memorable yet easy dinner entrée. I can’t wait to make again and serve to guests.
So happy you enjoyed this Kate!
This is a 10/10! So easy and so so delicious. I’ll be making this on repeat for the rest of the summer!
Great to hear Lauren!
Just made this with Chilean sea bass and it was delicious! 3rd recipe I’ve tried on this site and all three were winners. Thank you!
Thanks so much Christy- really appreciate this!
Absolutely delicious! Thank you for creating and sharing such fantastic recipes!
Thanks so much- happy you enjoyed this!
Another fantastic recipe! This is my “go to” place for full flavor, freshness and seasonal deliciousness! This recipe was simple yet packed with flavor- our magic! Thank you Sylvia, you never disappoint!
I’m so glad you enjoyed this Melissa!
Question—do you think this would be good with lump crab meat as a soup?
Melissa, it sounds good to me!
Surprisingly delicious. For such simple seasoning- I assumed I would need to jazz it up a bit. I did not. It had plenty of flavor. We have made it twice – with rave reviews.
I did not have fish – so I used frozen Costco shrimp. I tossed the shrimp in a little olive oil and miso sauce then grilled them on the grill pan to get some char marks. Then I finished them in the chowder/soup to cook another 5 min. I did not add cream nor did it need it. Really great recipe. I think it would be great with a mix of seafood too… Sort of a low country boil style. Thanks for your great recipe!
thanks Annie, glad you enjoyed this!
I absolutely loved this soup! You are so right, Sylvia – the basil and fresh corn flavors are lovely together! I really enjoyed it without adding cream – keeping it light and fresh for summer.I just sautéed the fish with a shallot and white wine and it was just fine and gave a little more richness.
Thanks Jill! Great to hear from you and hope your summer is going well!
Another WINNER! Is there anything else from FAH?!!! We made this dish last night and topped it off with grilled halibut and sockeye salmon. It was FANTASTIC! Next time I think I will try using Thai Basil rather than the regular basil (since I have both in the garden). I think it would have been a lovely touch. Thanks again, Sylvia, for knocking it out of the park! Your recipes totally ROCK!!!
Thanks Tammy! Love the idea of Thai Basil too! Brilliant!
Delicious as always…Sylvia you have made cooking fun again.
Great to hear Beth!