Shrimp Chowder Recipe: A Creamy and Comforting Delight

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This delectable New England-style shrimp chowder is everything you need to savor a delightful summer evening. Imagine a medley of shrimp, oysters, and veggies in a creamy, comforting dish that requires just one pot for easy cleanup. And did I mention the irresistible addition of bacon? Oh, yes!

A Tale of Irresistible Flavors

Have you ever tasted something so incredibly good that trying to create a “healthier” version seemed unnecessary? That’s precisely how I feel about this New England-style shrimp chowder.

Featuring heavy cream, bacon, and a touch of butter, this recipe packs a significant amount of saturated fats. But trust me, I wouldn’t change a thing.

The Birth of a Recipe

Wondering how this tantalizing recipe came to be? It all started when I had some conch in my freezer that needed to be used up. I decided to substitute it for clams in the Spend with Pennies New England clam chowder recipe.

The result? Pure heavenly bliss. I knew I had to recreate it. With no conch on hand, I opted for a combination of shrimp and oysters, along with some tweaked seasonings.

And that’s how this amazing New England-style shrimp chowder (also known as Boston shrimp chowder) came into existence. And lucky for you, I have this website to share the deliciousness far and wide!

Shrimp Chowder

Key Ingredients for the Perfect Chowder

To whip up this thick and hearty shrimp chowder recipe, gather the following ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of succulent shrimp, finely chopped (454 grams; tail-off, peeled)
  • 3.5 ounces of smoked oysters, packed in olive oil, drained and finely chopped (99 grams)
  • 16 ounces of clam juice (480 mL)
  • 6 strips of bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 3 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1¼ lbs. of Yukon gold potatoes, chopped (567 grams; no need to peel)
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • A sprinkle of red pepper flakes (or Cajun spice)
  • ⅓ cup of spelt flour
  • 2½ cups of chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon of dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • Chopped parsley for optional garnish
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How to Create New England Shrimp Chowder

Let’s delve into the step-by-step process of making this delightful clam chowder with a twist:

  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon until crispy. Set aside half of the cooked bacon.
  2. Add the butter to the pot, along with the remaining bacon and bacon grease.
  3. Sauté the onion and celery until they become tender.
  4. Toss in the potatoes, garlic, and spelt flour. Stir the mixture over medium heat for about 30 seconds.
  5. Pour in the chicken stock, clam juice, bay leaves, red pepper, black pepper, parsley, oregano, and thyme. Let it simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  6. Add the shrimp, oysters, and heavy cream. Heat until the shrimp is perfectly cooked, which should take around 5-10 minutes.
  7. Remove and discard the bay leaves.
  8. Ladle the chowder into bowls and garnish with the reserved cooked bacon and some chopped parsley.

Creamy Shrimp Chowder

Nutrition Facts for New England Shrimp Chowder

If you’re a chowder lover, don’t miss my Instant Pot seafood chowder recipe. It’s slightly less indulgent than this shrimp chowder, with its heavy cream, butter, and bacon.

Allow me to share a personal insight with you. Indulging in occasional culinary pleasures actually helps prevent feelings of deprivation. As a result, I’m less likely to snack mindlessly later on. So, I get to relish fully satisfying meals while maintaining a healthy weight.

But remember, this strategy may not be suitable for everyone. Your goals and medical history are unique to you. It’s crucial to note that replacing saturated fats with refined carbohydrates does not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Opting for a shrimp and oyster stew that’s low in saturated fat but compensating with a 130-calorie cookie snack wouldn’t necessarily be a healthier choice.

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According to the Dietary Guidelines, less than 10% of our daily calories should come from added sugars and saturated fats. However, they also acknowledge that most individuals find it challenging to stay within calorie limits while simultaneously meeting food group needs and adhering to the 80/20 rule. So, maintaining a well-balanced diet and a healthy weight calls for careful consideration.

Explore More Shrimp Delights

Shrimp chowder is just one fantastic option among the many ways you can prepare and savor shrimp. Take a look at these enticing recipes:

  • Frozen Shrimp in Air Fryer
  • Keto Coconut Shrimp
  • Frozen Popcorn Shrimp in Air Fryer

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