Seafood Chowder Recipe

Seafood Chowder Recipe
Staff Writer

A hearty seafood soup for a comforting wintertime meal from Executive Chef Jawn Chasteen of The Sea Grill in New York City.


  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup onions, diced
  • 2 large stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cups diced leeks, white parts only
  • 1 pound clams, shucked
  • ¼ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 small lobster, blanched in hot water for 3 minutes, cleaned, and chopped
  • 1 ½ cups clam juice
  • 1 ½ cups cream
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 pound Russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Tabasco and Worcestershire, to taste
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish


In a large stainless-steel pot, render bacon over moderately high heat. When cooked but not crisp, add the flour and stir to form a roux. Allow the mixture to cook while stirring constantly until you can’t smell the raw flour, but do not let it brown. 

Add the onions, celery, leeks and continue stirring. Reduce the heat, and cover the pot to extract the water from the vegetables, about 3 minutes. Then remove the top and stir the vegetables to avoid any browning, and to let the liquid cook off. Then add in clams, shrimp, lobster, and clam juice. Continue stirring and bring the liquid to a simmer.

Add cream, bay leaf, thyme and potatoes. Simmer for 45 minutes, until soup has developed a thick consistency. Season with Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces, and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Seafood Shopping Tip

Seafood shopping is quite easy in the general sense. Rule of thumb: if it smells fishy, don't buy. Fresh seafood should smell mild and more like the ocean and sea water rather than fish.

Seafood Cooking Tip

Looking for a quick mid-week dinner? Seafood is a safe bet. It's quick to cook and simple recipes can get dinner on the table in 20 minutes.