Here’s an easy summer dinner idea: Tip a load of seafood into a pot, add chunks of potato and vegetables, and pour in a bit of broth, milk, or cream. In a matter of minutes you can ladle up steaming bowls of satisfying chowder worthy of your favorite waterfront restaurant. Here are 5 unbelievably easy summer chowders to try, perfect for casual dining with family and friends.
1. Shirley’s Maine Clam Chowder | Ready in 55 minutes
This classic clam chowder is about as simple as it gets. (If you can’t get fresh clams, it’s fine to use canned.) Unlike thicker chowders, it’s not made with flour, so be sure to use russet potatoes (aka Idaho or baking potatoes) so they break down to add texture to the soup as they cook. Hold aside a bit of the bacon to garnish the soup before serving.
2. Chef John’s Bay Scallop Chowder | Ready in 45 minutes
The beauty of this 5-star chowder recipe is that it can handle any seafood you want to use in place of scallops. You can also omit the chile pepper if you want a milder flavor. For a thicker texture, mash up some of the cooked potatoes and stir them into the soup.
3. Crabmeat and Corn Soup | Ready in 30 minutes
Fresh crab and sweet corn are a classic combo in this rich and hearty chowder, perfect for those summer nights that turn a bit chilly. Of course, you can substitute frozen or canned ingredients for convenience or seasonal availability.
4. Salmon Chowder | Ready in 40 minutes
Fresh or frozen chunks of salmon go for a swim in a light and creamy broth. Garnish with bacon for a smoky finish, or fresh dill for a lighter flavor.
5. Shrimp and Corn Chowder | Ready in 35 minutes
Another seaside classic that’s sure to become a quick and easy favorite. Tip: If you’re using cooked shrimp, add it after the potatoes are tender and let it simmer for just a couple of minutes to make sure the shrimp doesn’t overcook.