Grandma's Seafood Chowder Recipe
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Grandma's Seafood Chowder Recipe

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My grandmother makes this recipe every year for Christmas morning—the only time I've ever had it. Why wait, when you can enjoy this satisfying chowder anytime? —Melissa Obernesser, Utica, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
  • 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 pound haddock fillets, skin removed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups frozen peas (about 10 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup lump crabmeat (about 5 ounces), drained
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 390 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 176mg cholesterol, 596mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.


  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook and stir 8-10 minutes or until tender. Remove from pot.
  2. In same pot, heat remaining butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually whisk in cream and milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Stir in haddock, shrimp, peas and sautéed mushrooms; cook 5-7 minutes or until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork and shrimp turn pink. Add cheese, crab and pimientos; stir gently until cheese is melted. Sprinkle servings with paprika. Yield: 10 servings (3-1/4 quarts).
Originally published as Grandma's Seafood Chowder in Taste of Home December 2014, p78

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AshAilene User ID: 8380416 226539
Reviewed May. 18, 2015

"I am a friend of Melissa's and have tried many of her recipes, which always result in lots of compliments! I am not a seafood fan myself but my family is. Needless to say, this was another success! Everyone was extremely pleased, even having seconds and thirds! Would definitely recommend this to any seafood lover!!"

emizee252 User ID: 8253674 224362
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"I made this for a family gathering. Even the kids ate large bowls of the chowder! I did add 1 tablespoon of Old Bay, but Old Bay is a staple to add with seafood when you're from Maryland."

hardtouse User ID: 3390334 222369
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2015

"easy and fantastic recipe. Will make a million times again. Good enough for entertaining"

mstueder User ID: 1352679 218272
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"easy yet delicious! It is a keeper!"

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