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Shrimp Chowder Recipe

Julie Wunder
This Shrimp Chowder Recipe is like clam chowder but tastier!  It's packed with potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and plump shrimp. This simple, easy, and creamy healthy soup just happens to be lightened up and made without heavy cream!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 309 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • ½ cup carrots, diced
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • 5 cups Yukon potatoes, cut in ½ inch pieces
  • 1 pound small raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon old bay
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • In a large stockpot, over medium heat, melt the butter. Sauté the carrots, celery and onion for 5 minutes or until softened. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Add the flour and stir for 1-2 minutes being careful not to burn it.
  • Add the milk slowly to the pot.  Whisking out any lumps from the flour.  Then add the vegetable broth to the pot.  Bring to a gentle boil and allow to thicken.  Reduce the heat to medium-high for a few minutes until well combined and thickened some. Season with the thyme, old bay, bay leaves, and generously salt and pepper.
  • Add the potatoes to the pot and cook for 10 minutes until potatoes are mostly tender.
  • Add the shrimp. Allow the shrimp to cook for 3-5 minutes. The shrimp will be done when they are opaque.
  • Reduce the pot from the heat and serve.


If you want a richer flavor you can use whole milk or half and half.
Store any leftover in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Reheat carefully as you can overcook the shrimp.


Calories: 309kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 19gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 840mgPotassium: 1171mgFiber: 5gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 2332IUVitamin C: 42mgCalcium: 223mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Shrimp Chowder, Shrimp Chowder Recipe
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