Chunky Seafood Chowder Recipe
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Chunky Seafood Chowder Recipe

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This creamy chowder brimming with tender potato and crab tastes so good guests will never guess it starts with canned soup. Half-and-half cream makes it rich enough for special occasions. I often serve it with crackers or French bread after a sporting event or outing. -Irene Craigue, Claremont, New Hampshire
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pints half-and-half cream
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed New England clam chowder, undiluted
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 package (8 ounces) imitation crabmeat, flaked

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 293 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 839mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add cream and canned chowder; bring to a boil. Stir in potatoes, salt and pepper. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Stir in crab and heat through. Yield: 8 servings (about 2 quarts).
Originally published as Chunky Seafood Chowder in Quick Cooking May/June 1999, p27

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glitterchatter User ID: 2651232 239407
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2015

"Great, great, great, multiple-thumbs-up recipe, but I did add a couple ingredients: equal amts. of 1/4-1/2 tsp. sage and thyme, 1/2-1 C. crumbled bacon, and 1/4 C. each diced carrots and celery to the butter/onion mix. Also, mash half of the potatoes, and be sure to use a condensed soup such as Campbell's. A sure hit for those seafood chowder fans!"

Kimmie9376 User ID: 836269 70609
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2014

"I've prepared this chowder many time over the years and have loved it! One time, I had the idea to also add a drained small can of baby shrimp and a drained can of baby clams (I supposed you could used minced, however) just to "beef" up the seafood aspect of it. With a side salad and some warmed crusty bread it truly is a keeper!"

SusieMo1 User ID: 4097128 25855
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"Easy and delicious. I used a small package of frozen shrimp instead of the crab. My picky 8 year old ate two bowls. Yum!"

debrock4 User ID: 5021897 70607
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"This is so easy and quick. Love it wil make alot this winter. Family and friends loved it"

Renee97 User ID: 4337715 72167
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"This is one of my all time favorite recipes! It's creamy and very easy to make!"

cheercoach1915 User ID: 5210719 52598
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"Excellent quickie!"

zadeke User ID: 3386390 72166
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"I used to make this all the time, it's such a comfort food. So glad I recently re-discovered this creamy, filling chowder!"

zadeke User ID: 3386390 72164
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009 Edited Dec. 8, 2009

"When I first discovered this recipe, I made it all winter long! I love how creamy and filling it is!"

homeygirlcooker User ID: 2754138 58083
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2008

"Why would you use imitation crabmeat when crab is so plentiful in New England?Just wondering......."

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