How to make a shrimp and crab chowder for your next special dinner. This restaurant-style soup is sure to amaze your guests!
At the beginning of this year, I received an invitation to participate in a Recipe Swap of sorts from Christianna of Burwell General Store. During her travels, Christianna had found an old time hymnal and cookbook ( All-Day Singin’ and Dinner on the Ground by Albert E. Brumley) and thought it would be fun to take the older recipes and update them giving them our own twist.
The rules of the swap are pretty simple, change 3 things about the original recipe while staying true to the basic premise of the recipe while adding your own twist to the recipe. This months Selection for the recipe swap was “Wild Rabbit with Vegetables”
Now I have to tell you, the thought of eating a little fluffy bunny is not high on my list, I do understand they’re considered good eatin’ in certain parts of the world, but I’m afraid rabbit has not made its way into my repertoire.
As I looked over the recipe, it really didn’t look much different than any stew I could make, and chicken would have been the easiest substitution for the little fluffy bunny….sigh.
But, I had Shrimp and jumbo lump crab meat on hand and rather than make a trip to the store, I decided to make my entry in this months swap a Seafood stew. I did have some fish pieces in the freezer but they looked a little worse for the wear and instead of ingredients in the stew, found their way into the stock pot with all the shrimp shells I had been saving.
This would have made a wonderful fisherman’s stew with chunks of fish and even a few clams, but without the fish, I decided to make version into a chowder, it was without a doubt a good decision and will be making many more appearances at our table. Feel free to recreate this dish with whatever seafood you have on hand or is available in your area.
Any way you make it, I’m sure it will be a hit at your table!
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Chef thank you for sharing this. There is a place reserved in my book for this. Made it tonight home run
Chef Dennis Littley
thanks Paul, glad that you liked it!
Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Good morning! I have featured this recipe on my blog today for my weekly seafood round-up and have linked this recipe to your original post so that my readers will be forwarded to your site. Thank you for allowing me to share! Here is the link: http://carriesexperimentalkitchen.blogspot.com/2012/10/seafood-frenzy-friday-week-39.html
Ma What's For Dinner
Ugh…my mom used to make us rabbit. Not my favorite night! I would have much preferred a big steaming bowl of this! Oh and your shrimp looks amazing. I’m so hungry now! I’ll be making this later this fall for sure. Thanks for a great recipe.
Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner
Barefeet In The Kitchen
This is one of my favorite soups and yours looks fantastic. I seriously wish I could grab that shrimp right off the top.
Why on earth would you cook the shrimp for 30 minutes?
You are right, and If I was in a restaurant I would add them as I heated each portion, but when your cooking at home and your making a big pot of soup, as in any soup or chowder, you cut the pieces up in small sizes so they aren’t so tough to chew. It’s pretty much the same with any seafood in soups or chowders, clams get tough too. While in a perfect world I would add them as well as the crab meat in before service, it’s just not practical at home, especially after a hard day at work.
This looks so nice! This dish is little too hot to try right now ( Oregon finally reaches 100 degree weather tomorrow) but definitely love to have in the chilly evening. Congratulations on top 9.
Megan @ Pip and Ebby
I’m having a hard time even looking at these photos because I want to jump into that bowl! I’m starving…and I feel like I MUST have this. This chowder looks perfect.
You knew this one would be a hit didn’t you? How could anyone resist a bowl of that? Chowder is my all time favorite soup!
Omg, this chowder looks so scrumptious and heavenly and I would love a bowl right now! Thanks for another great recipe for the “Chef Dennis” file! 🙂 Yummm!
The chowder looks beautiful and what a great way to interpret the challenge. Yum!
Ana Helena Campbell
What a beautiful chowder! A great top 9 for sure. Congrats!
wow, that looks and I’m sure tastes just wonderful! anne
The Travelling Chopsticks
Hmm – I may be in the minority here, but I do actually love rabbit and is pretty easy to get a hold of here in Mexico so I may be trying that orginal recipe after all! Needless to say, this Shrimp and Crab chowder does look amazing and the recipe seem quite straight forward! Thanks for sharing!
Potatoes and shrimp in one soup – awesome!
Elizabeth of AsianinAmericamag
It’s a dark and stormy day today here in the east, and this is the PERFECT thing! I love seafood and love how you combined the shrimp and crab in this chowder! Can’t wait to try this one…running to the kitchen now ! Thanks for a great recipe, Chef Dennis!
Oh wow Dennis!! Congrats!
This is my kind of chowder! I love shrimp and crab…nice spin on the classic chowder you see. I have never been a huge fan of clam chowder so this is just screaming to me! Thanks for the recipe Chef!
What a great substitution for this month’s Vintage Recipe Swap! And with the temperatures starting to drop, a bowl of this sounds like the perfect comforting dish =)
Lovely…perfect for the end of summer. Congratulations on #1!!
Thanks for choosing the chowder instead of the cute little fluffy bunny! I like the sound of the chowder recipe, just in time for soup and chowder season in Toronto!
Margaret Murphy Tripp
The rabbit recipe reminded me of something my grandmother used to make, Welsh Rarebit. Thankfully, no rabbit involved whatsoever! The chowder looks awesome, I’m printing the recipe right now.