Salt Cod When looking at  salt cod" href="http://cilantrocooks.com" target="_blank">how to cook salt cod one of my favorite ways is to serve it in a fish chowder.  Like all stews and chowders the basics are the same, but the personalization is...

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Salt Cod

When looking at how to cook salt cod one of my favorite ways is to serve it in a fish chowder.  Like all stews and chowders the basics are the same, but the personalization is what can make this hearty dinner your own creation.  What makes salt cod special is the dried salted technique that hasn't changed in hundreds of years.  However, seeing as the preserving technique hasn't changed it's nice to know that the prepping hasn't changed either.  There are two ways to get your salt cod ready to eat; both variations of re-hydrating and getting rid of the excess salt.  Soak the fish in water overnight.  Either change the water every few hours to get a fresh soak or use the slow drip technique and leave the fish in a shallow bowl with water dripping in slowly.  Usually the drip technique will save you getting up in the middle of the night.  Experts will say let is soak for 24 hours, but when you are putting it in a chowder it doesn't need to go quite that long.  If I put it in the water around dinner time I find that it's ready by the next morning.  I do my chowder in the slow cooker, but you can do it on the stove if you'd like.

Here's my recipe.

Slow Cooker Salt Cod Chowder

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 lb salt cod (prepped of course)
  • 4 cups diced potatoes
  • 1 - 15 oz can creamed corn
  • 1 - 15 oz can whole kernel sweet corn
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pint half and half

Directions:

Saute those onions until they are just starting to get that delicious brown and then toss them into the crock pot with the the potatoes, corn, and water.  Cut up the fish into small 1 inch cubes and toss in with everything else.  At this point I like to toss in some fresh minced garlic and some fresh ground pepper, but that's just me.  Simmer on low for six hours.  Add the half and half at the hour five marker.

Salt Cod Chowder
Salt Cod Chowder

My MO likes serving this up with some fresh biscuits, but you need to do what will serve your family best.  I have seen variations of this with bacon, jalepenos, shrimp, hot sauce, etc.  If you can dream it; do it.  Add a dash here or there to make this recipe your own.  The bottom line is chowder is delicious.  Tweak it to what your family will love.  Just make sure you jot down the add-ons you use and whether they work so next time you know what to go with.  For more ideas, tips, and love of food contact us to keep up with the fast pace nature of the food world.