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Chunky Seafood Chowder Recipe

Chunky Seafood Chowder Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Chunky Seafood Chowder

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glitterchatter 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 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 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 70607
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

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

Renee97 72167
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

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

cheercoach1915 52598
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"Excellent quickie!"

zadeke 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 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 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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