Durty Nelly's seafood chowder

Durty Nelly's in Halifax, Nova Scotia, serves its seafood chowder with cheddar and green onion biscuits. We've adapted recipes for both. Read the recipe » (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Dear SOS: I recently returned from a cruise to northeastern Canada and the U.S. While visiting Halifax, Nova Scotia, our tour took us to a charming Irish pub called Durty Nelly's for lunch. Several in our group ordered the seafood chowder. It was a delicious, creamy, flavorful and hearty bowl of chowder, but not fishy tasting. Can you please try to get the recipe?

Cheryl Creek

Anaheim Hills

Dear Cheryl: Durty Nelly's was happy to share its recipe for this chowder, which is rich, creamy and satisfying. The restaurant also included its cheddar and green onion biscuits recipe, which it recommends serving alongside a bowl of the chowder.


45 minutes. Makes 10½ cups

2 large boiling potatoes, diced

1 1/2 cups diced onion

1 1/2 cups diced carrot

1 1/2 cups diced celery

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided

1 quart water

1 1/2 tablespoons fish base, preferably Minor's

1 cup whipping cream

1/4 teaspoon dried dill

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 cup flour

8 ounces boneless firm white fish fillet, such as haddock or cod, cut into bite-sized pieces

6 ounces shrimp

6 ounces scallops