Shrimp and Corn Chowder

October 11, 2009

Shrimp & Corn Chowder

It’s only a matter of time once the hint of Fall teases me with cool afternoons that I start thinking of soup.  I’m not partial to any kind of soup in particular as long as it’s warm and satisfying.  Sometimes I long for a clear broth and others something silky and smooth.  This time, I was in the mood for something chunky with a bit of richness — like clam chowder — except I didn’t have clams.  Seafood chowder sounded excellent too, but I wasn’t sure the tilapia I had in the freezer would be the right kind of fish for that.  No, I’d have to settle for the plump pieces of shrimp I had and the sweet corn and potatoes that needed to be used instead.  I just needed to find  a recipe that wouldn’t take up an  afternoon to prepare.

I enjoy my recipe searches because in the process I compare and contrast general quantities of ingredients, consider the variety of spices used and admire an unusual spin here and there.  It’s always nice to find a version that is healthy without taking away the satisfying aspect of the dish, too.   Every once in a while, I find a recipe that stuns me.  In my search for Shrimp and Corn Chowder, I found a recipe that seems to be making its rounds, finding it posted at several different sites.  Serving six, it calls for one quart of half-and-half, one quart of heavy cream, and one-half cup of margerine. Seriously.  I just about fell out of my chair wondering why on Earth it was necessary to put that much fat into a recipe that could easily do with much lighter ingredients and avoid classifying it as diet food.

Thankfully, I found a great recipe at Nook & Pantry, and although I didn’t follow it exactly as written, my version is not too far off.  Shrimp & Corn Chowder anyone?

Shrimp & Corn Chowder


4 ears sweet corn, kernels removed

6 oz. bacon

1 lg. shallot, chopped

3 lg. cloves garlic, chopped

1/4 yellow bell pepper, diced

1 carrot, peeled and diced

2 celery ribs, trimmed and diced

3 T flour

1/4 tsp.  hot paprika

2 dashes cayenne

4 c. good vegetable stock

2 c. milk, 2%

1 lb. fingerlings, cubed, peelings on

1 lb. lg. shrimp, shells & tails removed


  1. Cut the bacon into small pieces and fry in the bottom of a medium soup pot until brown, but not yet crispy.
  2. Remove the bacon to some paper towels to drain and pour off all but 1 T of the bacon fat.
  3. Add all the vegetables, stirring over medium heat, cooking until softened but not browned, about 8 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and cook for another minute stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in the flour and paprika, coating the vegetables with it and allowing it to cook for a minute or two.
  6. Add the vegetable broth, stirring any flour bits from the bottom of the pot as you pour.
  7. Add the milk, corn, and potatoes and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 25 minutes.
  8. Add the shrimp and cook just until they turn pink and are cooked through.
  9. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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Recipe Notes

  • This is a hearty chowder with bits and chunks of vegetables or shrimp in every bite.
  • The hot paprika is such a wonderful addition to this.  A little bit goes a long way, but if you’re someone who isn’t fond of heat don’t worry.  You’ll have just the slightest hint of warmth at the back of your throat and its quite pleasant.  The pimenton picante or hot paprika I use is made by Chiquilin and is a product of Spain.  If you can’t find it at your market, La Tienda is a great source for Spanish products like paprika and they sell quite a few varieties.
  • This recipe makes enough for six good servings and since there are only three of us, we enjoyed it left over even though I worried about the texture of the shrimp with reheating.  Reheat low and slow and the shrimp manages just fine.
  • In case you’re wondering about the recipe I mentioned at the beginning of this post, just the heavy cream and half-and-half alone in that recipe racks up almost 6,000 calories of saturated fat.  I’m still amazed!
  • I’m thinking I’d like to put a southwest spin on this next time adding a few roasted poblanos and a bit of cilantro.


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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy October 11, 2009

I like a rich, hearty chowder too, but 6000 calories! Yikes! I really like how you lightened it up. It looks wonderful! Those fresh ingredients just jump off of the screen!


Shari October 11, 2009

This sounds absolutely scrumptious and looks it as well. (Love the flower photo!)


Anna October 12, 2009

You have lovely recipes, this chowder looks delicious.


kellypea October 12, 2009

Thanks Anna — I love experimenting with food. I treated myself to the flowers. Mums last and last ; )


Catherine October 12, 2009

A quart of heavy cream? whoa…. Yours looks perfectly delicious. I want to try this immediately…


Kevin October 12, 2009

Adding shrimp to corn chowder sounds great! Nice photo!


Angie@Angie's Recipes October 12, 2009

A soothing warm shrimp chowder with corn would be really nice now…
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Karen@Mignardise October 12, 2009

I almost never make anything that calls for heavy cream – just not worth it. Your recipe sounds MUCH better. Might even give it a try tonight.


kellypea October 12, 2009

I’d like to say I never use it either, but my nose would get quite long. I guess at that point, it’s about portion control! Desserts seem to be the place I use it most often.


patsyk October 12, 2009

Looks delicious! I must say that your dishes caught my eye immediately though… wherever did you find them? I love them!


kellypea October 12, 2009

I collect individual pieces of white dishes mostly for my food props, but do use them for service as well. These two pieces were very inexpensive at $5 a piece, made in Portugal and purchased at Marshall’s a discount store.


Bellini Valli October 12, 2009

I love it when recipes make the rounds on the web. You then know that the recipe is sure fire winner.


kellypea October 12, 2009

I’m grinning because the fat-laden version is the one flying around. I get it most of the time, but I can’t imagine eating it myself.


Wizzythestick October 12, 2009

Soup can be hearty without adding all the fat – you are so right! I never use cream in soup but that’s just a cultural thing. Where I come from it’s just never done. Love the composition of your picture.


oneshotbeyond October 12, 2009

I have a bunch of shrimp and no idea what to do with it…thanks for the idea! Your pics look great!


Mary October 13, 2009

It looks wonderful. I’ll bet it tastes every bit as good as it looks. I really like the shrimp corn combo. I hope you are having a wonderful day.


Melissa October 13, 2009

I love this soup… I make it with crab instead of shrimp…..never tried it with shrimp, but it
looks wonderful…


Deborah October 13, 2009

I could gpo for a bowl of this right now!


Erin October 13, 2009

This looks delicious! I love soups like this!


Hilda October 14, 2009

Ooh I love shrimp and I love corn chowder. And I think my eyes popped out of my head when I read the ingredients for the soup you didn’t use, heart attack in a bowl, anyone? Gorgeous presentation.


El October 18, 2009

It looks like a lovely dish. I love the summery colors. How refreshing!


Bren October 19, 2009

this is what u call sexy. too bad i don’t eat shrimp, otherwise i’d be all over this! screw the cals, too! :)


Sunita October 20, 2009

Can you pass me a bowl please; it looks delish! And yes, light is the way to go :-)


peabody October 25, 2009

Oh how I love shrimp and corn chowder..oh how my thighs do not.
I so need to make this.


Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen October 28, 2009

It’s cold in LA right now, which makes me SO excited. And this chowder looks perfect for the weather, though, I’m guessing it will appear on my thighs sometime around next week!


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