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Creamy Fish and Shrimp Chowder

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If you like a good seafood chowder, this recipe is sure to become your favorite. It is creamy, and full of flavor. Plus it is absolutely loaded with fish and shrimp, making it a real treat to eat.

Bowl of fish and shrimp chowder with cod and potatoes in creamy base.

This chowder is like heaven in a bowl. It is creamy and delicious with big pieces of tender seafood.

You don’t have to hunt for the fish or shrimp, you know it’s there. The flavors work so well together and it is a must make soup for sure!

Ingredients including raw shrimp, cod, yukon gold potatoes, onions, bacon, cream, bay leaves, and thyme ready to be made into seafood chowder.

This seafood chowder recipe has been a favorite in our family for quite a few years now. We have tried several, but this is the one we keep coming back to.

It has the perfect balance of flavors. It is mild enough to let the seafood shine through, but not boring.

My brother K.C. introduced us to the recipe and we have been hooked ever since. We have requested him to make it for us several times.

So he shared the recipe so we could make it for ourselves and stop asking him to make it. But, that doesn’t necessarily stop us!

Seafood Chowder

You could really adapt this to use whatever seafood you like. We tend to stick to cod and shrimp.

The chunks of cod hold up pretty well. Of course, some will break apart.

However, you will still have plenty of big pieces of fish. You can try using any fish you have or like.

Of course the shrimp keeps its shape too. And there is something about the pink shrimp in the soup that make it extra good.

I think it’s because you can see it and recognize what it is from a distance. And who doesn’t like shrimp?

It’s hard to make imagine someone thinking there is too much shrimp in the soup, but of course you could use less if you want to.

The soup is great plain. Little Dude loves some oyster crackers in his chowder, you could also serve it with garlic bread or a slice of pone bread.

Bowl of creamy seafood chowder with shrimp and fish, ready to eat.

This soup is definitely special enough to make for a nice holiday or dinner guests.  It is also easy enough to pull off on a weeknight if you feel like treating yourself to a warm bowl of seafood love.  

No matter the occasion, it is sure to be a new favorite!

More Recipes to Try

If you like creamy chowders, you could also make a pot New England clam chowder. Or make some Cajun crab chowder if you like a little bit of kick.

You may also like Cajun shrimp dip or roasted shrimp if you are looking for seafood recipes. Or check out my collection of soups, stews, and chowders for a bowlful of goodness.

Bowl of seafood chowder with chunks of potato, cod, and shrimp floating in creamy broth.

K.C.’s Fish and Shrimp Chowder

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
If you like a good seafood chowder, this one is sure to become your favorite. It is creamy, warming and comforting. Perfect for a fancy dinner or just because!
5 from 3 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 small onions diced
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 pounds yukon gold potatoes cubed
  • 6 cups fish stock
  • 2 lbs cod cut into large chunks
  • 2 lbs raw peeled shrimp
  • 3 cups cream


  • Cook bacon in a large soup pot until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and allow to cool. Chop in small pieces and set aside.
    4 slices bacon
  • Add butter, bay leaves, thyme and onion to the pot and cook until the onions are soft.
    2 Tablespoons butter, 3 small onions, 3 bay leaves, 1 Tablespoon chopped thyme
  • Add potatoes and fish stock. Bring to a boil for 12 minutes.
    3 pounds yukon gold potatoes, 6 cups fish stock
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the fish and shrimp. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
    2 lbs cod, 2 lbs raw peeled shrimp
  • Stir in cream and chopped bacon. Adjust salt and pepper to your taste.
    3 cups cream
  • Serve immediately.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 538kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 43gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 278mgSodium: 1064mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Jessica Jarrell

Tuesday 17th of January 2017

I have a whole family of people who don't eat seafood. I don't get it! I'd eat seafood everyday if I could! 😁 Looks delicious Carlee!


Tuesday 17th of January 2017

What?!? No Seafood? The shame of it all!


Saturday 14th of January 2017

We are huge Seafood lovers. And this soup sounds perfect. Delicious and filling. Definitely going to add this to our menu rotation, it sounds so good. In fact my stomach is growling now!


Sunday 15th of January 2017

We are too and this is one of my absolute favorite ways to have it in the winter. It is special and approachable all at the same time.


Saturday 14th of January 2017

Thank you!

Megan Chamberlin

Friday 13th of January 2017

Mmmm, love a good seafood chowder! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!


Saturday 14th of January 2017

Me too and this is a definite favorite! Thank you!


Wednesday 11th of January 2017

Your soup sounds scrumptious. Our family is like yours, planning our meals! Love it! So glad you party with us at Merry Monday. Happy New Year!


Saturday 14th of January 2017

It definitely helps build the excitement (and make sure there is something everyone likes) when a big meal is coming if the whole group is involved in planning it!