PhotoRecipe: Poole Barker’s Striper Chowder

Dear Friends & Readers,

To celebrate my friend Kevin’s participation to Animal Planet’s Top Hooker,  he generously decided to share a recipe he and his wife Jillie love: Poole Barker’s Striper Chowder. But first I asked Kevin to share a bit of his wisdom on the main ingredient of this recipe, Striped Bass.


“Striped Bass are prevalent during the warmer months, from June to September off the coast of RI.  They grow to exceed 60 lbs (large ones are often referred to as “Cows”) and are a great fighting fish, less prone to aerial acrobatics than bluefish, which often are found in the cohabitating the waters in which stripers thrive, but capable of their own type of trickery has drawn the attention of elite fishermen.   They’re often caught from shore, as they forage along the coastline ambushing baitfish in natural traps created by rock formations along the coastline and foraging for shellfish in areas often exposed at low tide.    Stripers are most prominent during the fall run, as they migrate to the Chesapeake for the winter (where 80% of all East Coast striped bass spend the cold months) and gorge themselves in preparation for the long swim, often massing into schools and “blitzing” bait in schools that often are measured by the acre.   Striped bass is a mild tasting fish, which, when cooked properly, is light and flaky like cod, very tender and lacks the gaminess of bluefish, which often makes it attractive even to those that aren’t “fish eaters” per se.  ”


  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 ½ Cups half n’ half
  • 3 tbsp of EVO
  • 1 Leak (white part only), chopped
  • Half a medium onion, chopped
  • 2 Cups frozen corn
  • 4 Yukon whole potatoes, chopped
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 3 Tbs chopped chives
  • 2 Filets striped bass
  1. In pot, Sauté chopped leak and onion in olive oil for 4-5 minutes
  2. Pour in chicken broth, potatoes, and frozen corn
  3. Bring to boil and cook until potatoes are soft
  4. Place filets of fish in pot (fish will fall apart but you may want a knife to help break apart in pot)
  5. Remove pot from heat and add half n’half and  lemon juice
  6. Place cooked bacon and chopped chives in at end- let simmer on low for 10 minutes
  7. Add salt and pepper liberally throughout cooking process

Don’t forget to check out  Kevin on Animal Planet starting June 2nd!