Alaska Cod with Clam Chowder Sauce

Flaky, Alaskan Cod served with a bacon and potato clam chowder sauce tastes like a restaurant meal but is perfect for a healthy, weeknight dinner.   Tasted like a restaurant meal but was easy enough for a weeknight! Alaska Cod with Clam Chowder Sauce Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Dinner #WildAlaskaSeafood #CleverGirls I love when food reminds me of a favorite memory. Alaska Cod with Clam Chowder Sauce reminds me of our cruise to Alaska many moons ago. This was before we had our little one and were foot loose and fancy free. My husband and I took an amazing cruise from California up to Alaska. This was a once in a lifetime kind of cruise. So we went for the gusto and had the most amazing time. The highlight for me is easy, dog sledding! It still makes me giggle whenever I think about it. A-mazing! My husband and I adore animals, and I was a little apprehensive about the dogs. Would they really love it? Were they well taken care of? Were we harming them? Tasted like a restaurant meal but was easy enough for a weeknight! Alaska Cod with Clam Chowder Sauce Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Dinner #WildAlaskaSeafood #CleverGirls Those were just a few of my thoughts as we took a helicopter up the mountain. Have you ever been in a helicopter? Holy cow! Ever since I fell down a flight of stairs in Italy, my fear of heights has “heightened”. When you are strapped in a helicopter, flying high and look down, you see the sky. In an airplane, you see the floor of the airplane. It isn’t like that in a helicopter. I was white knuckling the seat, taking deep breathes and trying to think only of the dogs. My husband who was absolutely loving the ride was gleefully telling me to look down. Are you c-r-a-z-y man? I am trying to stay in control right now. It felt like forever for us to fly up the mountain. Now you would think I couldn’t wait to get out of the helicopter, but all I could think was that I was going to face plant into the snow trying to get out of the chopper. My legs were so shaky. I made it without a mouthful of snow and we headed to the dogs. Some of the dogs were standing on top of their dog houses, others were jumping in the air like they just don’t care. They were barking and their tails were wagging so fast. They were happy! Yay! We got to give them lots of love. Of course one of the first questions to our guide “Do they really like to pull the sled?” Do they like it? No, they love it.


The dogs taking our sled had little booties put on their feet. They could not wait. If you have a dog, you know what doggies do when they are excited. They run in circles, you would swear they have a smile on their face. You know! That was what it was like. We got to take turns being the musher, the person driving the sled. Wimpy here let her husband mush first. I sat in the sled. One word of warning they give you, they do not stop for a doggie toilet break so be aware of flying poop. The thought of a face full of dog poop could not even stop me from enjoying this glorious moment. The dogs could not wait to run. They all wanted a turn right away. One word and they were off. We were gliding through the snow being pulled by the most gorgeous, furry dogs. The minute the sled starts your adrenaline starts popping, a huge smile cements on your face and sheer joy pumps through your body. It is over before you know it. Then it was my turn to drive. While I enjoyed riding in the sled, being the actual musher and directing the dogs, is simply one of the best things I have ever done. My adrenaline was at a all time high, cold what cold outside? I didn’t feel any coldness. I could hear every sound and felt like the world suddenly went into slow motion. This is a moment to savor and remember forever. Then they are off. You are holding on, totally forgetting about the potential for flying poop, and living like you never lived before. The dogs are sprinting around, you have the reins and are in control (sort of). Can I do it again, pretty please? Tasted like a restaurant meal but was easy enough for a weeknight! Alaska Cod with Clam Chowder Sauce Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Dinner #WildAlaskaSeafood #CleverGirls There were many more phenomial moments to that cruise, but those are stories for another time. I loved reliving that joyous moment while enjoying some Alaska cod. I bet you tend to think of salmon when you think of Alaska seafood, but they supply five species of salmon, several varieties of whitefish, and numerous shellfish species. You can find fresh, frozen or even canned. Alaska seafood is high in protein, low in saturated fat, low in sodium and one of the best sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. That makes it perfect for healthy eating.  Plus fish cooks so quickly, making it perfect for a weeknight.  Don’t be afraid to cook fish.  It really does cook quickly, so set your timer and don’t be afraid to take it off the heat after only a few minutes.  You will be rewarded with a deliciously, quick and easy weeknight dinner.  Go fish! Tasted like a restaurant meal but was easy enough for a weeknight! Alaska Cod with Clam Chowder Sauce Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Dinner #WildAlaskaSeafood #CleverGirls If you want to be sure to see Food Done Light’s next recipe, Green Goddess Dip, subscribe by email below. You won’t want to miss it.

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Yields 4

Serves About 4 oz fish, 2 to 3 tbsp. sauce

Alaska Cod with Clam Chowder Sauce

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 2 slices center-cut bacon
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red potatoes
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 1/4 lbs. Alaska cod
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup clam juice
  • 1/2 cup 2% fat milk


  1. Place bacon slices in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook until bacon is crisp.
  2. Place onto a paper towel.
  3. Remove all but 1 tsp. bacon fat from the pan.
  4. Add the shallots, celery and potato 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the water and cook for another 20 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender.
  6. Add the garlic, oregano, and Old Bay. Cook, stirring, for one minute.
  7. Place the potato mixture onto a plate.
  8. In a shallow dish, mix together flour, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper.
  9. Dredge both sides of the fish fillets in flour.
  10. Return the skillet to medium-high heat and melt butter.
  11. Once butter is melted, add the fish. Cook for 4 minutes on one side. Gently turn over and cook for another 3 minutes, or until the fish is flaky.
  12. Place fish on another plate.
  13. Add the potato mixture back to the skillet along with the clam juice and milk.
  14. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the sauce has slightly reduced and concentrated.


211 calories

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  1. Wow, that sounds like a pretty freakin' amazing experience! I've never been a) on a cruise, b) to Alaska, c) in a helicopter, or d) on a dogsled. I'm feeling really lame over here. I think a plate of this GORGEOUS dish will help me to feel better. This is such an inspired idea. I love the flavors of clam chowder turned into a sauce.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Heather, It was definitely a once in a life-time trip. Luckily this cod recipe is good for any night of the week.
  2. Alaska is one of those trips that is on my 'bucket list' - I've heard it's gorgeous! And speaking of gorgeous...this cod with That. Sauce. looks fantastic!
  3. We love cod! and the chowder you put over this sounds amazing! I can't wait to make this one for the hubby.
  4. I love how you put fish on top of clam chowder!
  5. I've never been dog sledding, sounds like fun! This fish dish looks amazing, I love both cod and clam chowder and they sound wonderful together!
  6. Oh my, this look so, so good.
  7. It would be the exact opposite for my husband and I. I'm not sure I could convince him to get in an helicopter! Dog sledding sounds like such fun! I have to say that this dish is SO creative and sounds fantastic!
  8. Dear Christie, Alaska sounds neighbor just went on a 1 month trip over there! This dish sounds creative and just very delicious I am sure! Would love to try it. xo, Catherine
  9. Grumpy's favorite fish is cod and this recipe looks amazing! I must try it soon! Your trip sounds fantastic and you and I share a fear of heights! Heights make me dizzy!
  10. What a great story! And a great dinner to boot! :)
  11. Sounds like an exciting dog sled pull. I would like to go on an Alaskan Cruise sometime. I also really love Cod and Salmon. This recipe looks wonderful!
  12. Whoa! Clam chowder sauce! I'm totally sold on this delicious idea....yum!
  13. What a fantastic trip! Never been on a helicopter ride, but that would certainly be the place to take one! All the natural sites! Okay...this code with chowder sauce is just my kind of thing. Love it!
  14. Something like this will certainly be happening for dinner this evening!
  15. I love it when I can make something that tastes like a restaurant meal! It just seems like splurging, even when it's not. :)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Katie, Alaskan Wild Cod is very reasonable at the store. At a restaurant you would probably pay $28 for this meal. So much cheaper.
  16. what a fun trip that must have been! and I'm the same, when I think about Alaska, I think salmon, but we LOVE cod, and this looks like a terrific way to serve it
  17. This is totally my kind of recipe! Sounds so good!
  18. That sounds like one heck of a trip! I have been on a helicopter. It was a tourist ride in Kissimmee, Florida. I've never been on a cruise or visited Alaska. I would love to see Alaska as I've heard it's beautiful. This dish is also very lovely and I can't wait to try.
  19. This looks amazing, I love ALL fish and seafood. Will definitely try this recipe!
  20. Dog sledding and a cruise to Alaska does sound like a once in a life time trip! I bet it was so fun! I am loving the sound of this cod as well!
  21. I love all the ingredients in this recipe. I definitely need to try it.
  22. Oh does that look tempting. I would love to go to Alaska but am sure that I'll be making this delicious recipe first! Can't wait!!! Thanks for posting,


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