Angry Trout Cafe in Grand Marais, Minnesota, makes this buttery, dill-flecked chowder with lake trout, a mild-flavored and relatively oily fish. The recipe tastes just as good with salmon or whitefish.

Source: Midwest Living


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a Dutch oven, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add celery, onion and garlic. Cook 10 minutes or until tender.

  • Stir in dill weed, bay leaf, salt and white pepper. Add stock, potatoes and carrots. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until tender. Remove bay leaf.

  • Add trout, and simmer 5 minutes or until trout is cooked through, stirring gently to avoid breaking up the fragile fish.

  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add flour and whisk about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; gradually add half-and-half while whisking until smooth.

  • Add butter mixture to soup. Stir gently and heat until the soup just reaches a simmer. Remove from heat, and season to taste. Serve garnished with parsley, if desired.

Making a roux:

A roux is used to thicken several of our soups including the trout chowder. I know, roux is a French word, and I promised you wouldn't have to deal with anything fancy. So, to make it less intimidating, I recommend using the North Woods pronunciation, "ruks". We make a roux by whisking melted butter and flour together in a pan over medium heat for about three minutes. This forms a thick, rubbery sort of glob that with a flick of her wrist Karen can make jiggle and bounce in a way that she finds amusing. she has gone so far as to name it "Flubber", and on occasion encourages "him" to stand up, or dance.

Nutrition Facts

243 calories; total fat 14g; saturated fat 7g; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 4g; cholesterol 53mg; sodium 689mg; potassium 559mg; carbohydrates 19g; fiber 3g; sugar 5g; protein 11g; trans fatty acidg; vitamin a 4269IU; vitamin c 17mg; thiaminmg; riboflavinmg; niacin equivalents 3mg; vitamin b6mg; folate 36mcg; vitamin b12 3mcg; calcium 76mg; iron 1mg.