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Vegan Fish Chowder. garnished with parsley, in a white bowl on a white and dark gray marble surface.

Vegan Chesapeake Chowder

The best vegan fish chowder. Full of flavor with the hint of sea. Light soup can be served for lunch or dinner course.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine Seafood
Servings 8 cups


  • Food processor or grater


  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 celery stalks sliced down the middle length-wise and then thinly sliced
  • 2 zucchini grated /shredded
  • 4 potatoes chopped into small cubes
  • 16 oz shredded cauliflower 1 lb shredded (rice cauliflower would work)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves through a garlic press
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp sage
  • 1/3 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp onion granules
  • shake cayenne tiniest pinch
  • 2 tbsp seaweed kelp/dulse flakes
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • 4 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 3 cups coconut milk Use less if you want thicker chowder
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp coconut aminos
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Take all the seasonings (except bay leaves) and blend or mix in a bowl. If you have whole seaweed, then blend it to powdery granules. Set these both aside.
  • Add olive oil to large pot and saute chopped onion for 1 minute. Then add sliced celery. Stir occasionally. Cook until starting to be translucent. About 7 minutes.
  • Stir in potatoes that have been cut in small cubes. Stir continually. Potatoes will be coated and starting to cook. Cook for just 1 minute.
  • Add 1 cup of water and 2 Tbsp of the herbs and 2 Tbsp of seaweed. Cook for 7 minutes.
  • Stir in shredded zucchini, cauliflower and minced garlic. Add the rest of the water, bay leaves and the remainder of the seasoning mix and the seaweed mix. Cover. Stir every 5 mins. Cook 15 minutes.
  • Add the coconut milk, lemon juice, coconut aminos, and nutritional yeast. Cover, and cook on medium/low for 1 - 1 1/2 hours, until vegetables are done.
    However, this can continue to simmer. Simmering is where it all comes together and where the magic happens. If you can let it simmer for 2 hours, it will only get better.
  • Remove bay leaves and discard. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley


Quick (no stirring or continual adding) Crockpot version - Put all the ingredients in the crockpot and cook overnight on low or put on in the morning and have it ready for dinner. 
Keyword chesapeake chowder, chowder, Seafood, soup, vegan seafood