Gourmet Seafood Chowder Recipe

Seafood Chowder

Preparing gourmet seafood chowder is easy-the biggest challenge being that you must find the best ingredients possible. There are many recipes for this lovely soup which range from extremely rich to those created for a health conscious diet.

Healthy Seafood Chowder Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 cups cubed potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups low fat and low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 can clams including juice
  • 1 pound fish, shrimp and scallops cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter.
  2. Add onion, celery, and carrot and sauté ten minutes or until tender.
  3. Add the potatoes, chicken broth, and seasonings and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer, until potatoes are cooked through and are tender if poked with a fork.
  5. Remove bay leaf and discard.
  6. Combine flour and water and blend until smooth.
  7. Whisk flour mixture into chowder until thickened.
  8. Add milk and the can of clams, stir until combined.
  9. Add remaining seafood and simmer about ten minutes.
  10. Serve garnished with chopped parsley.

Cream-Based Chowder Recipe


  • 10-12 fresh mussels (discard any that are open)
  • 8 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/ 4 cup butter
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cups low sodium or homemade chicken broth
  • 2 cups clam juice
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined and chopped
  • 1/2 pound small scallops, cleaned
  • 1 pound fish fillets(salmon, haddock, halibut, trout)skinned and diced into chunks
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Bring 1 cup of water with a couple tablespoons of white wine to a boil in a pan with lid.
  2. Add mussels, cover, and gently steam until mussels open.
  3. Remove mussels and discard any that didn't open.
  4. Let cool and remove mussels from shells, coarsely chop and set aside in fridge.
  5. In large pan brown bacon over medium-high heat.
  6. Add butter, onion and celery to cooked bacon and bacon fat.
  7. Sauté until tender.
  8. Add chicken broth and potatoes to pot and cook until potatoes are fork tender.
  9. Combine clam juice with flour and stir until there are no lumps.
  10. Add flour mixture to pot and whisk until chowder is thickened.
  11. Add seafood and herbs.
  12. Cook approximately ten minutes, until seafood is just cooked.
  13. Add heavy cream, wine and reserved mussels; season to taste with salt and pepper.
  14. Serve immediately.
Cream Based Chowder

Tomato-Based Chowder Recipe


  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 can (14 oz.) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can of clams, drained reserving liquid
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 small potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound mixed seafood(salmon, haddock, shrimp,scallops) cleaned and chopped into chunks
  • Salt and freshly ground to taste


  1. In large pan, cook bacon until crispy; do not drain fat.
  2. Add onion, garlic, celery, carrots and cook until translucent and soft.
  3. Stir in bay leaf and thyme.
  4. Add tomatoes, clam liquid, water and potatoes and bring to a simmer.
  5. Simmer for until vegetables are tender.
  6. Add seafood and reserved clams and simmer an additional five minutes.
  7. Remove bay leaf and season to taste.

The Secret to Great Chowder

All gourmet seafood chowder recipes require superior seafood products that are fresh and come from a reputable source. The end product is only as good as the ingredients used, so purchase the very best.

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Gourmet Seafood Chowder Recipe