Holy Chow! Seaweed Seafood Chowder

Chowder and soda bread, made for each other...

Chowder and soda bread, made for each other...



  1. Place the mussels, wine and the 2 peeled, whole garlic cloves in a pot, cover and cook until the mussels have all opened (discard the ones still closed)

  2. Drain the mussels, keeping the liquid for later use and set aside the mussels (you can shell them or leave them unshelled later)

  3. Add the cream and corn flour to the mussel liquid, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins to reduce the liquid

  4. Heat the oil in a large pot

  5. Add the onion, carrot, leek, potatoes and chopped garlic and fry until everything but the potatoes are soft

  6. Add the smRt stock, the water and simmer for a further 10 mins or so until the potatoes are also soft

  7. Add the mussel cream and the fish mix, bring to the boil then simmer for about 10 mins or until the fish is cooked through (check with a knife)

  8. Add the mussels and some chopped dill

  9. Taste first and season as appropriate (a lot will depend on the mussels)

  10. Ladle the chowder into bowls, garnish with smRt dulse and dill, and serve with seaweed soda bread

  11. Bonus! As an alternative, cover the cooled chowder with 700g of mashed potatoes in a large dish and bake at 180 degrees Celsius (gas mark 4) for 25 mins or until the topping is golden and the chowder is bubbling away, for a fabulous fish pie (reduce the baking time if you're making the pie right after the chowder)


  • 2 level tsp / 8g smRt stock

  • smRt dulse for garnish

  • 350g fresh mussels (cleaned, in their shells)

  • 100ml dry white wine

  • 4 cloves garlic, 2 of them finely chopped

  • 250ml fresh cream

  • 1 tbsp corn flour

  • 750g seafood mix (including smoked fish is nice)

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped

  • 3 large potatoes, diced into 1cm cubes

  • 200ml water

  • Handful fresh dill (optional)

  • Salt and cracked black pepper

  • Extra virgin olive oil for frying

Sound good? You can buy smRt stock here and smRt dulse here.