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Best Seafood Chowder

My husband is an avid fisherman. When a family get-together was planned and we had to bring something, we created this recipe using fish from our freezer. The chowder got rave reviews from the relatives! —Heather Saunders, Belchertown, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    32 servings (8 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound bay or sea scallops, quartered
  • 1 pound lobster meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound cod, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound haddock, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 quarts whole milk
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • Oyster crackers, optional

Directions

  • In a large soup kettle or Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels; reserve drippings. Saute onions in drippings until tender. Add potatoes and water; bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the scallops, lobster, shrimp, cod and haddock. Cook for 10 minutes or until scallops are opaque, shrimp turn pink and fish flakes easily with a fork. Add the butter, salt, parsley and curry powder. Stir in milk and evaporated milk; heat through. Garnish with bacon, additional parsley, and oyster crackers, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 193 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 625mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein.

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