There’s nothing better on a cold day than a hearty soup or stew to warm the body (and spirit!). This shrimp chowder recipe does just that. It’s also a nutritious meal rich in healthy fats, protein, and vital nutrients that help support optimal health.
What is Shrimp Chowder?
A chowder is a rich, creamy soup that often includes seafood or corn with potatoes and onions. Shrimp chowder is the shrimp version of this soup. Chowder probably originated in England or France but made its way to America with early settlers. In fact, chowder has become a symbol of New England because of its simplicity (it was available to the masses), and how it can bring the community together. As settlers pushed westward, away from seafood sources, they began to experiment with different ingredients like corn or chicken.
Is Shrimp Healthy?
Shrimp that is farmed is best avoided. Farmed shrimp are often raised in unhealthy environments in areas of China or Thailand. Many shrimp are raised in very small ponds or tanks, making fecal contamination likely. These shrimp are not necessarily eating their natural diet and may be fed antibiotics to ward off disease. But wild-caught shrimp in moderation can be healthy.
Shrimp has a number of important nutrients that the body needs and some are not easily found in non-seafood protein sources. These include:
Shrimp is also a good source of cholesterol. Dietary cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease as we are often told. Cholesterol is important for many processes in the body, including the following:
- Formation and maintenance of cell walls
- Insulation for nerve cells
- Digestion of fats
- Creates Vitamin D
- Creation of hormones
- Repairing inflammation
Bottom Line: In moderation, wild-caught shrimp is a healthy food that provides important nutrients not easily found outside of seafood (like iodine).
Want More? Similar Recipes to Try
If you love shrimp, check out my other shrimp recipes, most of which take less than 30 minutes to make.
- Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice – This healthy recipe was born after I converted to real food (but still wanted some Chinese food shrimp fried rice!).
- Spicy Shrimp Stir-Fry – This recipe is quick to throw together for a busy night. It can also be modified to be less spicy by using only sweet peppers.
- Curried Shrimp Stir-Fry – Another quick weeknight meal, this stir-fry can be modified to suit your family’s tastes.
- Shrimp carbonara with Sweet Potato “Pasta” – A combination of sweet potatoes, shrimp, and bacon. This recipe is perfect for a fancy meal (that’s still quick to prepare).
- Cajun Gumbolaya – A little bit or gumbo and a little bit of Jambalaya, all in one easy to make (and delicious!) meal.
Next, I want to try this Roasted Lemon Garlic Shrimp Recipe from A Whole New Twist.
Healthy Shrimp Chowder Recipe
- 2 cups potatoes or cauliflower
- 2 TBSP butter
- ½ cup celery
- 1/3 cup onion
- ¼ cup dry white wine
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 cup milk of choice
- 1 lb frozen cooked shrimp thawed and drained
- 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 8 oz cream cheese
- hot sauce optional
- Peel and dice potatoes or chop cauliflower into bite size pieces.
- In a large stock pot, melt butter over medium heat.
- Add the potatoes or cauliflower and cook, stirring occasionally until they start to soften, about 8-10 minutes.
- While the potatoes/cauliflower are cooking, slice the celery and finely dice the onion.
- Add the celery and onion to the stock pot and cook, stirring occasionally, an additional 8-10 minutes.
- Add the white wine, scraping the bottom of the pot.
- Reduce the heat to low and add all the remaining ingredients, heating and stirring occasionally until heated through.
- If desired, sprinkle with hot sauce to serve.
What is your favorite way to eat shrimp?