Where the wild dishes are… Seafood Chowder

There’s no need to leave the safety of our kitchens to take a walk on the wild side, thanks to Angelo Georgalli! One of New Zealand’s wildest chefs is back in the game with a new book devoted to recipes featuring the finest natural ingredients our country offers.

Because food and family go together like ham and cheese, Angelo (author of acclaimed cookbook The Game Chef) draws on influences from his Italian mother and Cypriot father for his latest creation.

Thanks to Angelo, our readers can take a taste of wild ways to come with this fishy favourite:

Seafood Chowder

Prep time: 20 min, Cook time: 45 min, Serves 4–6

It’s chunky, filling, healthy, scrumptious, so good you’ll want it every night! If you’re a seafood fan, this may be the best darn chowder you’ve ever tasted! An oldie, a goodie, and definitely yummy!


• 200g butter – chopped
• 2 shallots – chopped
• 4 cloves garlic – peeled and chopped
• 180g baby carrots – chopped
• 1/2 red capsicum/pepper –sliced lengthways and then angle-sliced
• 1/2 yellow capsicum/pepper – sliced lengthways and then angle-sliced
• 200g short celery sticks – chopped
• 800g potatoes – peeled and diced
• 250g firm fish (we used hapuka) – chopped into chunks
• 300g scallops – fresh or frozen
• 10 mussels – cleaned and debearded
• 250g prawns – fresh or frozen
• 1L fish stock
• 1L warm water
• 1 tsp turmeric
• Zest and juice of 1 lemon
• 400ml can coconut milk
• 3 Tbsp arrowroot
• Salt and pepper
• Parsley – to garnish


Heat a large pan over a medium-high heat. Add butter to pan with shallots and garlic. Add carrots, capsicums, celery and potatoes to the pan. Sauté everything until softened. Add fish, mussels (shells and all), scallops and prawns to the pan. Add fish stock and warm water. Add turmeric. Add lemon zest and juice and stir well.

Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add half the coconut milk. Pour the other half into a bowl and add the arrowroot. Whisk until smooth then add to the chowder. Stir chowder until thick. Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with parsley.