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July 20, 2015

Corn & Shrimp Chowder

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

I suppose every Summer there are a few cold nights thrown into the mix. I like to imagine sitting out on a porch somewhere in New England along the water….eating bowls of this soup with hunks of garlic bread.  I may or may be wrapped in a blanket…sitting in an adirondack chair. Hopefully there’s a foot rest on that chair…I gotta balance soup on my lap. Bugs are not apart of this fantasy.

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

If you can’t get enough fresh sweet corn this Summer, this Corn & Shrimp Chowder is for you. The soup is light, perfectly chunky with the potatoes and shrimp and if you’re like me, you’ll add a little hot sauce & extra Old Bay Seasoning at the end. That Old Bay is my old bae!

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

This is another good excuse to have garlic bread on the grill this summer.

Let’s gather our ingredients-

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

First we cook bacon. This a topping and it’s the fat that we cook the potatoes & scallions in.

Win win.

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Bacon gets drained. Set aside.

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Chop up the potatoes and the white parts of the scallions. Separate the green parts…they get used for later.

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Corn extravaganza. I just cut the corn on a baking sheet. It collects all the rogue corn…

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Potatoes and scallions cook in bacon fat.

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Flour goes in. This will help thicken the chowder.

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Milk + water goes in. If you want a heartier soup, make the water chicken stock.

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Old Bay + Thyme. We want to cook the potatoes until they are tender.

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Corn, scallions, shrimp.

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Done.

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Deliciousness.

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Serve it up with some crusty bread, bacon bits and sprinkle some additional scallions on top.

For those chilly Summer nights, make Corn & Shrimp Chowder. Pairs perfectly with grilled garlic bread. Recipe on Shutterbean.com

It reminds me of a Dawson’s Creek Summer.

Corn & Shrimp Chowder

serves 4-5

recipe slightly adapted from Everyday Food Magazine

  • 6 ears corn, husks and silks removed
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 8 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced
  • 2 medium baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 pound large peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • grilled bread or crackers, for side

Cut off tip of each cob. Stand corn in a wide shallow bowl; using a sharp knife, slice downward to release kernels. Scrape length of each cob with a spoon to release pulp. Discard cobs.

In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium-high until crisp and browned, 4 to 6 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels.

Add scallion whites and potatoes to pan; cook, stirring, until scallions have softened, 1 to 3 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add milk, seafood seasoning, thyme, and 2 cups water.

Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Add corn, shrimp, and scallion greens. Cook until shrimp are just opaque, 2 to 3 minutes. Season chowder with salt and pepper. Serve topped with bacon, with grilled bread or crackers alongside if desired.

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  • Kate Shu

    Old bay is my old bae

  • shelly

    this deserves a spot on my meal planning for the week. Looks so taystayyyyy

  • Jamie

    Since I already have shrimp after your shrimp skewers went up (and then realized we would be gone all weekend so poor meal planning on my part, doh!), and have corn, potatoes and scallions that need to be eaten soon, this chowder is ON for this week. Yay!

  • Kayla

    I’ve really been wanting to binge watch Dawson’s Creek lately..

  • My Dish is Bomb

    Someone at work the other day asked me the difference between a chowder and a soup. And I said a chowder is 1000x more awesome. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a seafood chowder and that fresh corn just looks perfectly summery.

  • Jessica McLeod

    I will instagram you a tag after I make this. Hope it turns out like yours. Ahh yup.

  • Deanna

    I need this! It’s the middle of winter though so frozen corn will have to suffice. Okay, and Cajun seasoning for the Old Bay because hahaha I’ll never find Old Bay.

  • Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina

    My mouth is watering right now, this looks to die for!

  • julia-tagandtibby

    my mother in law makes a similar recipe and its delicious, definitely pinning for later! xo julia

  • Lauren @ A Nerd Cooks

    Looks delicious! My husband is forever saying that Old Bay is his old bae <3

  • Ashlyn @ Pedantic Foodie

    This looks incredible! I love corn chowder and the idea of adding shrimp and old bay is fantastic!

  • Laura

    Hey Tracy… How much would the flavor be impacted if I removed the bacon…?
    I’m a pescataeian and this recipe sounds delicious, but I’d need to skip the bacon and I’m scared the flavors just won’t “be the right flavors!” without it and I’d really dislike to ruin a good dish like this.
    – Laura.

  • Leslie Rossi

    Looks yummy! My hubby would love this! Could I make corn stock with the husks before and use that instead? Give it more corn flavor?

    Leslie
    http://alifewellconsumed.com

  • Rachel

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit even though the thermostat says it’s 85 degrees out. Thanks for sharing!

  • Maggie Hanson

    Holy moly this was amazing – made it last night and it’s definitely in the top 5 best soups of my life.

  • Robyn

    I’m looking for a corn chowder soup to make now and freeze for the dead of winter. Have you frozen this sans shrimp?

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