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Dairy Free Golden Fish Chowder

Warming, rich in minerals and healthy omega-3 fat, dairy & grain free, and incredibly flavorful.

Dairy Free Fish Chowder Healthy Self Halifax

For non-fish eaters: sub shiitake mushrooms & tofu and capers or crushed olives instead of anchovies.


  • 2-3 TBSP olive oil

  • 2 med onions, chopped

  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped

  • 3-6 (or more ) cloves of garlic, diced

  • 2-4 inch piece of ginger, grated

  • 1 tsp anchovy paste or anchovies from the tin

  • 1 Tbsp ground coriander

  • 1 Tbsp ground turmeric

  • a pinch of red pepper flakes (or more)

  • a few baby potatoes, chopped

  • handful of baby tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 cans coconut milk

  • 1/2 C water

  • 2-4 large pieces of wild haddock (or literally *any* fish - it will all work!).

  • 2-3 handfuls of spinach (or baby kale, etc)

  • 1-2 tsp (or more) sea salt

  • lots of grinds of pepper

  • lemon or lime for finishing


  • In a big pot, start by sauteing the onions, celery, garlic and ginger in the olive oil, on med heat, until translucent - about 5 mins. Add the anchovies at this point, if you're using them.

  • Make a little well in the middle and pour in a bit more olive oil - add the spices there and let the spices sizzle and toast for a min or so, before stirring it all together. Let the whole mix of aromatics and spices continue toasting until a beautiful golden brown mash forms; 5 more mins. (If you're doing the veg version, I would throw in the mushrooms and tofu at this point to get caramelized).

  • Add the coconut milk and deglaze your pot, being sure to scrape up all the delicious crispy bits stuck to the bottom and sides.

  • Add the tomatoes and potatoes, and salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the s&p as you go. If you're using a good sea salt, you can be more generous.

  • Add the fish now, as well. Try not to stir too much after this point.

  • Let everything simmer and bubble away at low heat for 20 - 30 mins.

  • Gently break up the fish but don't over-stir.

  • Add the 1/2 C water to thin the soup, if you want.

  • Throw in the spinach to wilt.

  • Finish with lemon or lime.

Enjoy ❤️


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