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Florida Style Seafood Chowder

Recipe designed by Zena’s Suitcase


Wherever you happen to be travelling, sampling the cuisine is a major part of soaking up the local culture. Florida is absolutely no exception, and it has developed it’s very own unique fusion of flavours that you won’t find in other parts of the country.

Hoping to be nominated for the ‘Fresh Voice’ category in Brit Mum’s blogging awards 2015, Zena and her family are currently planning their next holiday to Florida.

Taking the very best from its Caribbean, Cuban, Latin American and Hispanic roots to offer it’s hoards of visitors it’s very own Floribbean flare. Restaurants enjoy showcasing the fruits of the sea at the heart of their menus with strong flavours, to bring you the best of what the region has to offer.


Quite often you’ll come across a dish on your travels that will sum up your visit to a country, and you’ll be itching to recreate it at home and show it off to your friends and family to share with them some of the regional atmosphere.


This Florida Style Seafood Chowder will allow you to bring back a small piece of your holiday and share it with your friends. Not too heavy, it makes the perfect starter for a dinner party or a welcome lunch alfresco style for a casual date. It also benefits from a warm kick that will bring that sunshine feeling to a cold winter’s day, when warm summer holidays are best remembered.


Ingredients (Serves 4-6)


1 tablespoon of oil

2 Onions chopped

2 Sticks Of Celery sliced

2 carrots diced

1 red pepper chopped

Half a red chilli chopped

3 cloves of garlic finely chopped

1 teaspoon of 5 Spice

4 potatoes diced

4 tomatoes chopped or a tin of chopped tomatoes

1 litre of fish stock

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon of oregano (fresh if you can)

2 tins of crab meat

Salt and Pepper to taste



  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onion, celery, carrots, red pepper, red chilli, garlic and 5 spice. Saute the vegetables in the pan until they begin to soften. This will take around 5 minutes.
  2. Then add the potatoes, tomatoes and fish stock and stir well. Make sure the contents of the pan are covered. Add more fish stock if required.
  3. Add the bay leaf to the pan then bring to the boil.
  4. Add the oregano then simmer until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Add the crab meat and simmer for a few more minutes.
  6. Finally add the lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve with prawn crackers or crusty bread.



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