Crab and Scallop Chowder

by Laurel on January 11, 2012

Yesterday I shared my recipe for a grilled sea bass sandwich with sriracha mayo. Today I’ve got a make-you-drool crab and scallop chowder. This is a perfect meal for the winter time. It’s warm and comforting and great to pair with a small salad or serving of green vegetables. I used fresh lump crab meat and frozen wild-caught scallops which were also super fresh. Frozen seafood can be a great resource when you buy from high-quality suppliers. The frozen wild scallops I got from Whole Foods were amazingly fresh.

Crab & Scallop Chowder
(makes about 10 servings)

Crab and Scallop Chowder1 lb. fresh lump crab meat (*see note below)
1 bag frozen wild-caught jumbo scallops (about 1 lb.)
1 quart vegetable stock
3 cans coconut milk
4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 tbsp. paprika
1 1/2 bags frozen corn
4 medium red potatoes
4 stalks celery
3 large carrots
1 large yellow onion
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp. dried thyme
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Sriracha hot sauce, for garnish (optional)

Take the corn out of the freezer and let it begin to defrost in a bowl. Defrost the scallops by placing them in a bowl of cold water for about 30 minutes. Rinse the crab meat and scallops, and cut into bite-sized pieces. Keep chilled until you are ready to add them to the soup.

Dice up the celery, onion, carrots, garlic, and potatoes and throw them in a big soup pot with the olive oil. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes. Add in the Old Bay seasoning, paprika, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir well. Add in the vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Stir in the coconut milk and corn and reduce the soup to a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in the crab meat and scallops 5 minutes before you are ready to eat (they only need a few minutes to cook). Serve warm with a dash of sriracha on top for spice.

*Note: Fresh lump crab meat is often sold in a can or plastic tub on ice at the seafood counter. It’s the freshest crab meat you can get without cracking the shells yourself (which is a TON of work for 1 pound of meat). Make sure you buy pure and fresh lump crab meat. It makes a big difference in flavor!

Crab & Scallop Chowder
Crab and Scallop Chowder

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Pam March 29, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Amazing!!! The great part about the Sriracha is that everyone can add the heat that suits them. I added more salt and used lite coconut milk and am really hoping it lasts for a few days in the fridge, because this is a ton of food. We had an arugula salad with parmesan, olive oil and lemon juice and it complimented the chowder quite nicely. For two people, I plan to half the recipe next time. And there will be many next times, as it’s my boyfriend’s new favorite meal. Thanks Laurel!

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