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Grandma’s Seafood Chowder

My grandmother makes this every year for Christmas morning—the only time we ever had it. Why wait, when you can enjoy this satisfying chowder anytime? It's also delicious topped with biscuits! —Melissa Obernesser, Utica, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings (3-1/4 quarts)


  • 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


  • In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook and stir until tender, 8-10 minutes. Remove from pot.
  • 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 until thickened, 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in haddock, shrimp, peas and sautéed mushrooms; cook until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork and shrimp turn pink, 5-7 minutes. Add cheese, crab and pimientos; stir gently until cheese is melted. If desired, sprinkle servings with paprika.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 390 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 176mg cholesterol, 596mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • lucyy
    Nov 1, 2018

    Quite expensive, but worth it for a treat!

  • Ginny
    May 21, 2018

    I have made this chowder several times and everyone loved it. Lots of request for the recipe.

  • xlsalbums
    Feb 13, 2018

    Very good but very rich. This is very easy to make.

  • 46hillbilly
    Jan 28, 2018

    An excellaant dish; a variable of the Pot Pie minus crust.

  • AshAilene
    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
    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
    Mar 8, 2015

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

  • mstueder
    Jan 19, 2015

    Easy yet delicious! It is a keeper!