Smoked mackerel chowder with hedgehog garlic bread

Whip up this budget-friendly, creamy fish soup and easy garlic loaf using smoked mackerel and a few store cupboard ingredients

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:25 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 838
  • fat 36g
  • saturates 15g
  • carbs 95g
  • sugars 14g
  • fibre 7g
  • protein 30g
  • salt 2.7g


  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 50g butter, plus a large knob for the chowder, softened
  • 1 small round loaf of bread
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil, for cooking
  • 4 celery sticks, finely chopped, plus a few leaves to serve
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 600ml whole milk
  • 2 large potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 200g pack smoked peppered mackerel, flaked
  • 200g frozen sweetcorn


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Mash the garlic with 50g butter. Slice the bread first one way, then the other (in a hedgehog pattern), but do not cut all the way through. Stuff the crevices with garlic butter, then wrap loosely in foil, leaving the top open to crisp, and bake for 20 mins while you make the chowder.

  2. Heat a knob of butter in a saucepan with the oil. Tip in the celery and onion, cook for 5 mins or until soft, then add the flour and mix to a paste. Pour in the milk, a little at a time, and cook until smooth and the consistency of double cream. Add the potatoes and half the mackerel, cover and simmer for 15 mins until the potatoes are cooked.

  3. Flake the remaining mackerel, add to the chowder with the sweetcorn and simmer for 1-2 mins until the sweetcorn is cooked. Splash in a little water if it is too thick. Ladle into bowls, scatter over the celery leaves and serve with the bread for dunking.

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