Pacific Wellness Toronto News

Coconut Cream Seafood Chowder

By Victoria Murdoch

(Editorial Note: The seasonal recipe in our newsletter has always been a popular reading.  This special recipe is a contribution from one of our readers, Victoria Murdoch.  We would like to extend our thanks to Victoria for sharing this recipe with us.)

As winter sets in, it’s so comforting to come home and be greeted by the heart-warming aromas of a simple and delicious hot meal.  This chowder is perfect for dinner, lunch and leftovers and you can customize it with your own favourite seafood and hearty vegetables.  So let it snow!  You’ve got a hot meal waiting!



  • Cubed fresh or frozen (thawed) sturdy seafood such as whitefish, (cod, halibut) or shellfish (shrimp, scallops, calamari, lobster)
  • Coconut milk
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Chopped Onions
  • Minced Garlic
  • Peeled and slivered fresh ginger root
  • Chopped vegetables such as carrots, celery, broccoli, green Peas
  • Lemongrass shoots.  (To prepare, peel away a few husks from the stick, chop off root end and about 1/3 of the other end.  Chop into 2” shoots.  These are like bay leafs, you leave them in the dish to flavour while cooking, but they are not eaten)
  • Dried Basil
  • Salt to taste


What do I do?

    1. In a large pot, sauté onions on med/low heat in a bit of oil until translucent, add garlic and ginger, and sauté for another minute.
    2. Add seafood and sauté on medium until edges are opaque.
    3. Turn heat to med/hi and add lemon juice.
    4. Add all veggies and mix gently.
    5. Add a can of coconut milk (or two if you have a very large pot) and top with water until liquid is just over the top of the mixture.
    6. Add lemongrass shoots and a large dose of dried basil.
    7. Cover and turn heat to max.  Once chowder boils, turn down to a light simmer. Cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes or until veggies are tender.
    8. Season with salt to taste.


Creamy, delicious, hot and ready; a simple dish for a not-so-simple season!

Wishing you Health and Happiness,



Victoria Murdoch is an actress/voice over talent and hostess who enjoys cooking for her friends and family and sharing her recipes and tips on living gluten and dairy-free on her food blog.

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