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Chunky Seafood Chowder

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 (about 2 quarts)


  • 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


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

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  • Rene
    Sep 29, 2017

    Absolutely love this recipe. I also add....a small piece of haddock cut up and shrimp. If the grocery store has pre-cooked lobsters, I'll pick one up and throw that into as well. I use Bar Harbor brand New England Style condensed Clam Chowder (being from New England this was a given). This chowder is so thick and tasty. My boyfriend absolutely loves it :)

  • cajoto
    Sep 19, 2017

    Works for me!Fast and easy,worthy tips below with a few nice add ons!Thank you!

  • Connie
    Jan 26, 2017

    I made this it was very good and I added Old Bay added a little flavor

  • glitterchatter
    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
    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
    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
    Oct 29, 2012

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

  • Renee97
    Jan 21, 2012

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

  • cheercoach1915
    Nov 13, 2011

    Excellent quickie!

  • zadeke
    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!