Crab, Shrimp, & Potato Chowder

"This is a thick, creamy, and very flavorful chowder, and would be amazing in a bread bowl. I've made a lot of modifications to the original recipe as far as the ingredients go, and I've marked those with an asterisk, and I clarify it in the directions. I suggest reading through the recipe before shopping for your ingredients, just in case. Prep and cooking times are estimated."
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Ready In:
1 1/2 cups




  • * Instead of buying multiple small shallots, you can use one plum-sized shallot. It comes to a little more than 1/4 cup, but it still tastes great.
  • * If using dried herbs, it's suggested that you use less than the called-for amount, but I used about 3 teaspoons dried thyme and parsley in my modified version.
  • * I increased the amount of black pepper to about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 teaspoons I like pepper, and 1/2 teaspoons just didn't seem like nearly enough.
  • * If not using canned broth, 2 cups of broth works well.
  • * I used two 6 oz. cans of crab meat each time I've made this chowder.
  • * I used I lb. of extra-large shrimp, cut into small pieces.
  • * This recipe did not call for any salt, but the first time I made it I found it to be somewhat sweet. Since it's such a large amount of chowder, I added about 3/4 tsp of salt, but feel free to add more or less depending on your tastes.
  • 1) In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • 2) Add onion, shallots, celery, red pepper, and garlic. Saute for 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • 3) Add potatoes and saute for an additional 1 minute.
  • 4) Sprinkle flour over the mixture one tablespoon at a time, stirring well. Cook the mixture for one minute more.
  • 5) Add one more tablespoon of butter if the mixture if desired.
  • 6) Stir in cream, thyme, pepper, nutmeg, corn, and broth. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  • 7) Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • 8) Stir in crab, shrimp, and parsley and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the chowder has reached the desired thickness. Continue to stir occasionally until done.

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  1. Outta Here
    You have a convert. I have never cared for corn in my chowders and was going to leave it out, but decided to give it a try to stick to the recipe as written. I really liked it! This is a nice change from clam chowder and we will be having it again. Made for Spring 2014 PAC.



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