Save on Pinterest

Golden Seafood Chowder

Flavored with crab, shrimp and cheddar cheese, this chowder is so good that I make it weekly. Sometimes I substitute chicken or ham for the seafood and leave out the juice. Either way, this pretty soup is a winner. —Ami Paton Waconia, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings (1-1/2 quart)


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 cup cubed peeled potato
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Clamato juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (6 ounces) crabmeat, drained, flaked and cartilage removed
  • 1 cup cooked shrimp


  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in the broth, potato, celery, carrots, Clamato juice and lemon pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • In a small bowl, whisk flour and milk until smooth; add to soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Add the cheese, crab and shrimp; cook and stir until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 550 calories, 33g fat (22g saturated fat), 198mg cholesterol, 1233mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 35g protein.

Recommended Video


Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • Colnight
    Dec 21, 2015

    Made it exactly as directed only thing is I added a extra 6 oz can of crab meat was it ever good. Will make it again.

  • pajamaangel
    Jan 18, 2014

    I had a small bowl because I don't like seafood, but I am willing to try all the recipes I make. My boyfriend loves seafood and he gave this a three star because he felt like there could have been more seasoning. He suggested Old Bay. I will try that the next time I make this for him. I didn't use the canned crabmeat, but the refrigerated flaked and it just wasn't that tasty to me. He didn't seem t mind it too much, though.

  • khegeman
    Feb 21, 2013

    No comment left

  • Barbara_V
    Jan 24, 2013

    No comment left

  • ChocolatopolusCake
    Dec 10, 2012

    No comment left

  • MerciMe
    Jun 1, 2012

    Loved the simplicity of the recipe but my husband and I found it to be a little bland. Thought it could use some parsley, garlic and salt. Will play around with the leftovers and see if I can add another layer of flavor.

  • joericesgirl
    Feb 21, 2012

    this recipe is delicious. I usually double it as my family is big but it doesn't require any adjusting. My only comment would be that you can use V8 is clamato isn't available.

  • cryashjac
    Nov 11, 2011

    No comment left

  • simplylo
    Nov 5, 2011

    I've made this recipe several times and it's amazing! I have followed it exactly to the letter, and I've played around with different seafood and it always comes out so good. My favorite combination is clam and shrimp. Make sure to use your best sharp cheddar in this recipe, as it does make a difference. I serve this chowder in hollowed out sourdough bread bowls along with a salad. Very, very good!

  • lovelg&j
    Sep 21, 2009

    No comment left