Seafood Chowder in a Flash
- Place the water and clam base in a 2-cup glass measure and microwave, uncovered on high, for 2 minutes. Remove from the microwave, stir and set aside.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter over medium heat in a 4 1/2-quart Dutch oven or soup pot. While the butter melts, peel and coarsely chop the onion, adding it to the pot as you chop. Cook, stirring from time to time, until the onion begins to soften, about 2 minutes.
- Cut potatoes (unpeeled), fish and shrimp into bite size pieces and add them to the pot. (If the tails are still attached to the shrimp, remove and discard them.) Add the clam-broth mixture, and raise the heat to high. Add the canned clams with their juice, Worcestersire, thyme and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil.
- When the soup comes to a boil, add the corn and bring the soup back to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, and cook at a slow boil until the potatoes are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, and stir in the cream. Serve at once.
- NOTE: Peeled cooked shrimp can be substituted for the raw shrimp. Add them when you add the corn.