Weight Watchers Friendly New England Fish Chowder
4 from 2 votes

New England Fish Chowder Recipe Made Lighter

A simple Maine-style fish chowder with a thin, milky broth made lighter.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 8
Calories: 325
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living


  • 2 pounds firm white fish fillets (I used haddock)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups cubed potatoes
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) reduced-fat evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Butter to taste (optional)


  • Put the fish and 2 cups water in a covered skillet. Cook over medium low heat until the fish just flakes with a fork, 5 to 10 minutes (depending on the thickness of your fish). Remove the fish, reserving the liquid, and separate it into large pieces.
  • Put a large pot on medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the onion, celery, carrots and potatoes and mix them together with a wooden spoon. Cook for around 10 minutes, with the lid askew and stirring occasionally, until the carrots have softened a bit and the onion is lightly golden.
  • Add the reserved water you used to cook the fish. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat, cover and cook just until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add milk and cream.
  • Heat gently, stirring often. Don't allow to boil. Add salt, pepper and butter (if desired) to taste.

Recipe Notes

Cooking Tip: Chowder is improved if you make it one day and serve it the next, although I've never had the discipline not to indulge immediately. I like to make a big enough batch to enjoy for a couple of day.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *8
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *9
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *8
Nutrition Facts
New England Fish Chowder Recipe Made Lighter
Amount Per Serving (1 cups)
Calories 325 Calories from Fat 109
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.1g19%
Carbohydrates 19.9g7%
Fiber 2.5g10%
Protein 3.8g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fish soup, fish stew, New England chowder