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9 Chowder Recipes To Keep You Warm This Winter

9 Chowder Recipes To Keep You Warm This Winter

Warm yourself up from the inside with these 9 amazing chowder recipes for all types of diets.


6 min read

January 27, 2022

This winter, warm yourself up from the inside by filling a bowl with your favorite creamy chowder. Potato, clam, shrimp, corn, and more—these chowder recipes make the best hearty and healthy weeknight dinners. Whether you like your chowders packed with organic vegetables or fresh seafood, this roundup of recipes by California-based bloggers will keep you content and comforted during the chillier months.

The Best Chowder Recipes to Cook This Week

This is a hearty soup that’s easy to make and perfect when served as an appetizer or main course.

1. Manhattan Clam Chowder

This Manhattan clam chowder by Dinner at the Zoo will perfectly satisfy your soup craving. Easy to make, packed with a lot of veggie goodness, and utilizing a savory tomato base instead of a creamy one, this chowder recipe enhances the regular soup recipe in a delicious way.

6 slices bacon, chopped
½ cup onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled, quartered and sliced
½ cup celery, sliced
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
¼ cup tomato paste
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 pound Russet potatoes, peeled and diced into ½ inch cubes
2 8-ounce bottles of clam juice
2 cups chicken broth
28-ounce can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
10-ounce can whole baby clams, drained
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Oyster crackers and cooked bacon for serving (optional)

2. New England Clam Chowder

A more traditional chowder recipe is the New England-style clam chowder. Rich, creamy, and surprisingly easy to make, A Cozy Kitchen’s clam chowder recipe is deliciously authentic in every way.

2 ¼ cups water
½ teaspoon salt
18 littleneck clams
¼ pound pancetta, diced
½ yellow onion, diced
1 leek, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups heavy cream
3 small red pound potatoes, diced into small cubes
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
5 leaves tarragon
1 dried bay leaf
¼ cup frozen corn
Olive oil
Oyster crackers (optional)

Add some omega-3 fatty acid to your chow down.

3. Smoked Salmon Chowder

There are a variety of ways to make seafood chowder, and one of our personal favorites is made with salmon. House of Nash Eats makes a smoked salmon chowder that’s satisfying, rich, and incredibly indulgent.

4 strips bacon, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 stalks celery
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, diced
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons capers, drained
5 cups chicken broth
4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
8 ounces hot-smoked salmon, broken into small pieces
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon hot sauce
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt

4. Shrimp Chowder

Looking for a hearty meal that’ll be a hit with the entire family? Make this thick and smokey shrimp chowder by Created by Diane. All you need is a total of 20 minutes to whip this chowder recipe up and it’ll be ready to serve!

1 pound raw shrimp, deveined with shell, tail, and legs removed
1–2 tablespoons oil
1 cup onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup whole milk or heavy cream
2–4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup frozen or fresh corn
¼ cup diced pepper
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 pieces of cooked bacon, broken into pieces
A pinch of celery salt or celery seeds

This flavorful and savory comfort dish can be on the table in 30 minutes!

5. Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder

If you like your chowder with a bit of a kick, make the creamy Mexican corn chowder by Carlsbad Cravings. Infused with Mexican seasonings, this chicken corn chowder recipe is the best way to spice up a weeknight dinner.

3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ large onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 pound skinless chicken breasts, chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 red bell pepper, chopped
¼ cup flour
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups low sodium chicken broth, divided
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 14.75-ounce cans cream-style corn
1 15-ounce can corn, drained and rinsed
1 14-ounce can petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 4-ounce can mild diced green chilies
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces Mexican cheese blend (or ½ cup cheddar and ½ cup Monterey)
Hot sauce to taste

6. Whole30 + Keto Creamy Chicken Chowder

Tastes Lovely is the author behind this creamy chicken chowder. Not only is it keto diet-friendly, but it’s also paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, and sugar-free, accommodating many different types of diets.

2 tablespoons ghee, avocado oil, or olive oil
2 carrots, chopped
4 stalks of celery, chopped
2 medium turnips, peeled and chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
8 ounces green beans, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
4 cloves of garlic, grated or finely minced
1 tablespoon fresh or dried rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh or dried thyme
½ teaspoon dried sage
2 large chicken breasts, cut into cubes
4 cups chicken stock
2 10-ounce bags of frozen cauliflower rice, thawed and drained
1 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for an hour and drained

Everyone loves potatoes, and if you're running out of ideas on what shape and form to serve them in, give this creamy goodness a try.

7. Instant Pot Potato Corn Chowder

The Instant Pot Potato Corn Chowder by Damn Delicious is comfort food at its finest. With just the right amount of creaminess, this chowder recipe is about to be your next favorite soup to make.

4 slices bacon, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
4 red potatoes, chopped
1 package frozen corn kernels
4 cups vegetable stock
1 teaspoon dried thyme
¾ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

8. Vegan Corn Chowder

This vegan corn chowder by Detoxinista is light, creamy, and made without gluten or dairy. An ideal vegan healthy dinner option, this is a bowl of soup we won’t ever be able to reject.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped 
1 red bell pepper, chopped 
4 cups water
1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 pound frozen organic corn kernels
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Pinch of cayenne pepper 
2 teaspoons sea salt (plus more to taste)
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup coconut milk (or milk of choice)

9. Thai-Style Crab and Corn Chowder

Only have 20 minutes to make a yummy chowder recipe? Make Kitchen Confidante’s Thai-style crab and corn chowder. Once you take the first sip of this soup, you won’t believe you whipped it up so quickly and easily!

3 cups corn kernels
1 leek, trimmed and sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 15-ounce can light coconut milk
2 cups clam stock
2–3 teaspoons red curry paste
1 potato, peeled and diced
8 ounce cooked crab meat 
1 teaspoon lime juice
½ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
¼ cup chives, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

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