Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Coquina Chowder

Yesterday a reader inquired about a recipe for coquina chowder. The following one comes from the "Yellow Cookbook" and was submitted by Ren Dunlap:

"Wash 2 quarts of coquinas, then add 2 c. water and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and save only the liquid. Dice and cook: 1 fair sized potato, 2 carrots, and 1 rib of celery. Fry: 2 strips of bacon (crisp) and 1 sliced onion (medium-sized). Combine everything with a dash of salt and pepper."

If you do an Internet search you will find a number of similar recipes. Most suggest that you discard the meat of the coquina. If I remember correctly, when we made coquina chowder many years ago we extracted the meat and used it in the chowder, but it was a long, arduous task. It was tasty though!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a list of a few traditional Ocracoke Island recipes. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052112.htm.


  1. Anonymous9:45 AM

    Another to-do item for our next visit. Thank you, Philip.

  2. Anonymous7:49 PM

    I have been looking around this delightful page because it came up in the search I am doing. I recently purchased a pencil sketch of a goat herder which is signed "JoKo". So far I haven't found anything on this artist except a rather disjointed connection to Ocarcoke Island. Could you shed some light on this artist? Was he/she from your area? Thank you for your time.
    Rochester NY

  3. Cynthia, look for more information about Jo Ko on tomorrow's blog.

  4. Anonymous5:27 AM

    hi phillip, it weas nice meeting you last week. i think me and deb will have to stop by for your chats everytime we come by from now. anyways, i have been reading on about this coquina thing and came across this lol. http://youtu.be/mQTyr17mp4c enjoy. by the way, this is debbie's other half, tosh lol