Seafood Chowder is a delicious, rich creamy soup that is table ready in about 30 minutes!

Tender shrimp, fish and scallops are combined in a creamy white wine broth with veggies. This flavor packed chowder recipe is a comfort food that can be easily enjoyed at home any day of the week!

Creamy Shrimp Chowder in a white bowl

A really great New England Clam Chowder is one of our favorite ways to enjoy a bowl of comfort food. There is just something so belly warming about a creamy bowl of seafood goodness! This chowder recipe can be prepared on a weeknight because it cooks really quickly!

What is Chowder?

So what makes a soup a chowder?

A chowder is a type of soup that most often (not always) has a creamy base and is chunky in texture. There are a few variations of chowder: clam chowder, corn chowder, and of course, this seafood chowder!

I start by simmering the veggies in seafood or chicken broth for great flavor and then add in the seafood and cream to cook at the end! Chowders can sometimes be thickened using a roux and in the case of this seafood chowder recipe, the potatoes also provide quite a bit of starch to help it thicken it!

Spoonful of Creamy Shrimp Chowder

Seafood chowder is a complete meal on its own loaded with shrimp, scallops and fish.  We add in a side of Easy Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits or Cheddar Bay Biscuits to sop up any of the creamy goodness at the bottom of the bowl!

When I make seafood chowder recipe, I always add corn for a color and a hint of sweetness. If you have extra vegetables you need to use up, this dish is perfect for it! Mushrooms, peppers, or peas all make great additions to this chowder!

How to Make Chowder

While some chowders take longer to cook (like my fave Slow Cooker Corn Chowder) this easy recipe is table ready in about 30 minutes!

  1. Cook onion in butter. Add flour.
  2. Add veggies, broth and wine and cook until tender.
  3. Stir in cream and seafood and simmer a few minutes.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

You can add any kind of seafood into this chowder recipe; lobster, crab, salmon…  just be mindful of cooking time so your seafood doesn’t overcook!

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Creamy Seafood Chowder

This seafood chowder is a delicious, creamy soup filled with shrimp, scallops and fish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients  

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 stalk celery sliced
  • 1 carrot sliced
  • 1 pound potatoes peeled and cubed
  • ½ cup corn
  • 5 cups broth seafood or chicken
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 8 ounces white fish cut into chunks (cod/salmon/tilapia/haddock)
  • 8 ounces scallops
  • 12 ounces shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 6 ½ ounce chopped clams canned, drained
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon parsley

Instructions 

  • Cook onion in butter until tender. Add flour, Old Bay seasoning and thyme and cook 2-3 minutes.
  • Add carrot, celery, potato, corn, broth and wine & bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Stir in seafood and cream. Cook until fish is fully cooked and flaky and potatoes are tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Stir in parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.
4.99 from 219 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 577 | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 301mg | Sodium: 1541mg | Potassium: 732mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3650IU | Vitamin C: 15.3mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 4.7mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Soup
Cuisine American

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  1. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe!
    I made it with a few modifications and it is delicious! It is now going into the family recipe collection. Our sons came for a quick visit and requested back to back fish dinners and I decided to attempt Seafood Chowder for one dinner ! Result was rave reviews. Thanks again.5 stars

  2. used lobster instead of fish. was best seafood recipe I’ve ever made. also made in slow cooker after I cooked onions and old bay and flour in separate pan. no need for salt or pepper. if you like seafood. this is great!5 stars

  3. is it ok to lightly bbq the shrimp and haddock on a smoker before adding to the soup or will this make them tough?

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure Greg. If you are precooking then I would watch the soup carefully as to not overcook the fish and I do worry the shrimp will get tough as it cooks so quickly. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  4. I love the seafood chowder but it’s not as thick as I would like. We used bread bowls and they got soggy before we could finish. Also, the carrots we’re not done, next time I might use canned carrots.

  5. I did a little change up. I didn’t have a regular potato, so used a sweet potato. Very tasty. On day two, I added a couple of shakes of cayenne pepper to spice it up….I like it spicy.
    Easy recipe…I used Salmon, large pink shrimp and scallops.5 stars