Creamy, Hearty, Decadent Seafood Chowder Recipe

Rich, hearty and easy to make, this decadent chowder is loaded with fish, shrimp and scallops and heavy cream.

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Chock full of fish, shrimp, scallops and heavy cream, this easy recipe is decadent and delicious.

Growing up on the land-locked plains of Texas, I never ate clam chowder or seafood chowder because my mom never made it. Because she never made it, I came to think of seafood chowder as some exotic dish that was difficult to make. After ordering it at a restaurant or two as an adult, I learned how delicious it is, but wouldn't have dreamed of making this "exotic" dish myself.

Several years ago I was craving seafood chowder as I listened to my father-in-law reminisce about something he called "Creekbank Stew." I decided that if he, basically a non-cook, could make it outside on a camping trip, that surely I could make it in my fully functional kitchen.

I had been making Smoked Chicken Chowder for years, so I used that chowder-making knowledge to develop a seafood chowder recipe. While experimenting with this recipe I learned that seafood chowder is easy to make, and other than fish, shrimp, scallops and cream, it contains ingredients that I probably have in my pantry or freezer already. With this seafood chowder recipe, you can quickly and easily whip up a hearty, rich seafood chowder that is deserving of company, but also makes fo great chow during a Super Bowl party, on Christmas Eve, or any evening spent by the fireplace.

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Ingredients

• ½ pound bacon
• 2 15-oz. cans diced potatoes, drained
• 1 or 2 T. chopped garlic
• 1 large onion, finely chopped
• 2 ribs celery, finely chopped
• ¼ cup flour
• 3 15-oz. cans chicken broth
• 1 lb. cod, cut into chunks
• 1 lb. shelled, deveined medium shrimp, tails removed
• 1 lb. small scallops, or large scallops, cut in halves or quarters
• 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
• ½ of a 15-oz.can diced carrots, drained
• 1 (2 cups) pint heavy cream
• Salt and pepper

Amco Straining Ladle, Stainless Steel
Amco Straining Ladle, Stainless Steel

Ingenious design lets you serve soups with broth and all, or strain out liquids.

 

Directions

In the bottom of your stock pot or Dutch oven, fry the bacon on medium heat, turning occasionally, until browned. Remove bacon and set on paper towel to drain. Sauté onion and celery in the bacon drippings until tender. Add garlic and sauté one minute more. Add flour and stir to mix flour with bacon drippings. Stir and cook two or three minutes longer. Add chicken broth and bring to a gentle boil. Simmer until liquid has thickened. Add corn, potatoes, carrots, cod, shrimp and scallops. Simmer until fish is cooked through and shrimp is pink. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add cream and heat until steaming. If you need to thicken the liquid a bit after adding the cream, bring chowder to a gentle boil and simmer a few minutes. Do not overcook, as shrimp and scallops will become tough and cream will curdle.

Serve in bowls or mugs, and crumble a slice of bacon over each serving.

How to Peel and Devein Shrimp: for convenience, I usually purchase shrimp that has already been peeled and deveined. If you'd like to clean them yourself, here'

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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

oooooooooo YUMMY... I LOVE Comfort Soups! Good Recipe. Definitely making this one.

Blessings,

~Lisa & "Polka-Dot Butt"


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

If Lisa is going to call this YUMMY, am I going to argue??? I can make this chowder and don't need to go and dig clams for it. Bookmarked, voted up, and everything else.


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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks for your comments, Arlene and Lisa (and of course PolkaDot Butt). I hope you make the chowder and love it!


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm! More please?


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jcsteele 17 months ago from Florida

I always wanted to make my own seafood chowder. This recipe is making me drool as i write this. Defiently a must try.


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Kristen Howe 17 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great recipe. I would love to make my own instead of buying it. Voted up for useful!

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