Thanks to Head Chef, James Stack of Manor West Hotel for sharing his Seafood Chowder recipe which he has developed over the past 25 years. Always a firm favourite on the menu in Manor West Hotel all year round, but a guaranteed winner on a cold Autumn evening.

Try for yourself!


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 50g diced butter
  • 1 tsp celery
  • 1 tbsp diced leek
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 500mls fish stock
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped dill -optional
  • 2 small hake fillets (250g)
  • 2 small cod fillets (205g)
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • I medium piece (400g) smoked fish (haddock, coley)
  • 350mls cream
  • 4 tbsp finely diced chives
  • 2 tbsp of cornflour mixed with cold water to make paste



  • In a hot pan add the oil and butter, once the butter has melted add the vegetables. Reduce the heat to a medium heat and cook the vegetables without colour until soft.
  • Dice the cod, salmon, hake and smoked haddock into 2 cm cubes. Add the fish to the vegetables.
  • Pour the hot fish stock (We make our own stock in the hotel but you can use a stock cube at home) and cream into pan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 8 minutes until fish is cooked.

Note: It is important not to boil the chowder as this will break up the fish, you want the fish to be nice and chunky in your chowder.

  • Add the corn flour & water mixture to the hot chowder, allow it to cook out over low heat for a further 2 minutes. (traditionally a roux would be used to thicken the chowder, but with so many customers suffering from coeliac disease now we use cornflour as a thickening agent)
  • Pour the chowder into a serving bowl and top with freshly chopped dill and chives.
  • We like to serve the chowder with freshly baked soda bread smothered in salted butter.


Photo Courtesy of Manor West Hotel Tralee



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