Corn and Basil Idaho® Potato Chowder with Whitefish
A summery, fresh and light corn chowder topped with seared Whitefish ( or scallops, shrimp or salmon) with simple flavors, that can be made in 30 minutes! Read Sylvia's full post here.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- ½ cup white or yellow onion, diced (or 1 large shallot)
- 8 ounces new crop Idaho® potatoes (yellow, red, yukon or any variety with thin skin), diced no bigger than ½ inch thick (the smaller you cut them, the faster they will cook)
- 1 ear of fresh corn, kernels sliced off
- 1 cup stock – veggie, chicken or fish, water, or corn stock (see notes)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- pepper to taste
- 8 ounces fish – halibut, sea bass, wild Alaskan cod, haddock, salmon, black cod, shrimp, scallops
- 2-3 tablespoon half and half or soy milk (optional)
- ⅛ cup fresh basil leaves, cut into ribbons or torn
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add onion and sauté until fragrant about 3 minutes.
- Add potatoes and corn. Sauté 2- 3 minutes, add water or stock, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Cover, turn heat down to low and simmer 10 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
- While the potatoes are simmering, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in another skillet. Season fish with salt and pepper and sear each side over medium high heat. Lower heat and cook to your desired doneness. Set aside.
- When the potatoes are fork tender, uncover and cook off a little of the liquid. If desired, add a few tablespoons half and half or soy milk for a little extra creaminess (cook for a minute or two to thicken).
- Stir in half of the basil. Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Right before serving, stir in the remaining basil, saving a little for the top.
- Dish up the sweet corn chowder and top with the seared fish and basil.
Notes: For even more corn flavor, scrape the cobs with the end of a knife and gather the "milk". Place this along with the cobs (you an cut them smaller) into a pan or pot, covered with water, and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes to make corn stock. Reduce to one cup.