Italian White or Red Seafood Chowder

Sunday, December 1, 2019
This is an Italian White or Red seafood Chowder is usually made on Christmas Day to repurpose all our 7 Fishes Italian Christmas Eve traditional meal the night before.


The soup is hardy with all kinds of shellfish and white fish that is fresh.


We always had several family members love the red over white chowder and we typically made both.


Luckily they are both super easy chowders to make and we make everyone happy.


I love repurposing the seafood, nothing goes to waste and the soup is fabulous in flavors with all those potatoes and chunky goodness in one bowl!


You will find both recipes here for both red chowder and white chowder in the recipe card below.


If you can't decide which one to make, then do what we do, make them both!!


Just scroll down to print it off.




this is a bowl of delicious crab legs, shrimp and other seafood all in a big glass bowl called chowder. This seafood medley of chowder is rich and delicious often made at Christmas eve as a special Holiday  treat







Seafood Chowder



This is a very rich soup.


Cream, butter and very filling.


You can use any kinds of seafood, we love our shellfish the most.


Scallops, shrimp, crab legs, lobster all go in the pot for a Christmas Eve tradition.


The rest of the fish consists of white fish like haddock, cod, or others we catch from the sea or lakes like pompano, flounder and cobia, wahoo and redfish.


This is why we usually treat our family around the holiday for Christmas Eve during the times we have 7 fish evenings of seafood.


The soup is expensive unless you catch it yourself!




this is a bowl of delicious crab legs, shrimp and other seafood all in a big glass bowl called chowder. This seafood medley of chowder is rich and delicious often made at Christmas eve as a special Holiday  treat



Made with Christmas Eve Leftover Fish



This traditional soup was usually made for Christmas Day with all the leftover fish from the Italian 7 fishes Christmas Eve.


Mom loves the white, dad loves the red chowders, so here are both.



this is a bowl of delicious crab legs, shrimp and other seafood all in a big glass bowl called chowder. This seafood medley of chowder is rich and delicious often made at Christmas eve as a special Holiday  treat




For Printable Recipes Scroll to the end to the RECIPE CARD:





Italian White Seafood Chowder Ingredients you will need


  • butter
  • flour
  • chicken broth ( or if using lobster, make lobster stock by boiling two lobsters, crab clusters or any other shellfish in boiling in water for around a 1/2 hour to make a stock. After lobster is cooked clean and cut in chunks, use the seafood meat for later.
  • clam juice if only using chicken broth
  • half and a half or heavy cream (preferred)
  • white wine
  • assorted spices, garlic powder, black pepper, sage, thyme, salt, parsley, rosemary, and cayenne pepper.
  • celery hearts chopped
  • fresh tomato optional
  • large potatoes diced
  • Optional for Christmas Day only 1/4 cup chopped fried ham, Pancetta (Italian bacon ) or regular bacon fried and crumbled.
  • Suggested fresh fish:
  • assorted shelled or cleaned fish, shrimp, scallops, tilapia, crab, haddock, lobster, or any other white fish you prefer either canned or frozen is fine.





this is a bowl of delicious crab legs, shrimp and other seafood all in a big glass bowl called chowder. This seafood medley of chowder is rich and delicious often made at Christmas eve as a special Holiday  treat





Ingredients You Will Need to Make Red Italian Seafood Chowder:


  • whole baby clams, same fresh fish selections as above
  • chicken broth
  • red wine
  • celery hearts minced
  • diced tomatoes
  • onion, diced
  • cloves of minced garlic
  • russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • finely diced carrots
  • dried thyme
  • oregano, basil, parsley, cayenne pepper
  • salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • olive oil






Red seafood chowder in this bowl and this is the Italian recipe how to make red seafood chowder







Some Chowder History



The dish originated in the Eastern United States and found to be served in many seafood restaurants throughout the country, particularly on Fridays when American Catholics traditionally abstained from meat.


It has been written this chowder came here around the 18th century by Menorcan settlers to St. Augustine and tradition hold among their descendants that it will only thrive and grow in two places Menorca, Spain and in St. Augustine, Florida.


It certainly is a hearty soup that usually is full of shellfish, especially clams.


Here in the Florida Key West area, they replace clams with conch and it's a specialty there.


Brenton fisherman brought the chowder custom to Newfoundland and it spread to Nova Scotia and New England.


The standard chowder was basically the ingredients I use but we prefer more shellfish than potatoes.


Manhattan style replaces cream with a tomato base.





Pin for Later Both Soups Red or White Is Fabulous!




this is a pin for later bowl of white seafood chowder with crab legs in the bowl



Tips:


  • Use only fresh fish, frozen produce way too much water and gets mushy (some canned like clams drained is fine)
  • Only add fish at the end for the best freshest taste, fish doesn't take long to cook
  • Add more potatoes if you like them
  • Other herbs like dill if you like it can be added, only use fresh
  • Keep the soup in a slow cooker on warm do not leave it sitting on the stove especially cream soup if it's not going to be eaten right away or refrigerate
  • Do not freeze this soup the fish will become rubbery, however, you can freeze the broth and add the fish later when it thaws





this is a bowl of delicious crab legs, shrimp and other seafood all in a big glass bowl called chowder. This seafood medley of chowder is rich and delicious often made at Christmas eve as a special Holiday  treat




More Seafood Recipes:




Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta
Filet Mignon topped with shrimp and crab
Red Clam Sauce
White Clam Sauce
Mussels, Shrimp, and Calamari over Linguine
Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops
Baked Haddock with buttery lobster







Italian White or Red Seafood Chowder

Italian White or Red Seafood Chowder

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prep time: 15 Mcook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
Here are two great recipes one for white seafood chowder and one for the red! Delicious soups we make around Christmas Eve here in an Italian household.

ingredients:

  • White Seafood Chowder
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1 32 oz can of chicken broth ( or if using lobster, make lobster stock by boiling two lobsters, crab clusters or any other shellfish in boiling in water for around a 1/2 hour to make a stock. After lobster is cooked clean and cut in chunks, use the seafood meat for later.
  • Use a 16 ounce can of chicken broth combined with 16 oz of lobster stock) Proceed the same.
  • 1 bottle clam juice if only using chicken broth
  • 2 cups of half and a half or heavy cream (preferred)
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon assorted spices, garlic powder, black pepper, sage, thyme, salt, parsley, rosemary, and cayenne pepper.
  • 1/2 cup celery hearts chopped
  • 1 diced fresh tomato optional
  • 2 large potatoes diced
  • Optional for Christmas Day only 1/4 cup chopped fried ham, Pancetta (Italian bacon ) or regular bacon fried and crumbled.
  • Suggested fresh fish:
  • 2 cups or more of assorted shelled or cleaned fish, shrimp, scallops, tilapia, crab, haddock, lobster, or any other white fish you prefer either canned or frozen is fine.
  • Red Chowder is on the bottom of this recipe card

instructions:

How to cook Italian White or Red Seafood Chowder

  1. Instructions for White Seafood Chowder
  2. Melt butter in a pan, add flour to make paste stir till smooth, add chicken broth, all other liquids, all spices, celery, tomato, potatoes (and if using the option of meat for Christmas day add the sauteed crispy bacon in this step).
  3. Mix together, if you're not in a hurry put in the crockpot on low for four hours, otherwise simmer for an hour.
  4. Add fish at the end, and simmer for 1/2 hour.
  5. If the soup is too thin for you, mix a smooth paste of flour or cornstarch and cold water even amounts start with 4 tablespoons of each, add to the pot, bring to boil until desired thickness.
  6. Serve with oyster crackers or cheesy garlic bread with freshly cracked black pepper.
  7. Red Seafood Chowder Recipes and Instructions:
  8. 1 can whole baby clams, same fresh fish selections as above
  9. 3 cups chicken broth
  10. 1/4 cup red wine
  11. 1 /2 cup celery hearts minced
  12. 2 cans (16 ounces) diced tomatoes
  13. 1 large onion, diced
  14. 3 cloves of minced garlic
  15. 4 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  16. 1/2 cup finely diced carrots
  17. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  18. 1/4 teaspoon oregano, basil, parsley, cayenne pepper
  19. 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  20. freshly ground black pepper to taste
  21. olive oil
  22. Preparation:
  23. Drain the clams and reserve the liquid. In a large saucepan add the reserved clam juice, water, tomatoes, celery, garlic, onions, potatoes, carrots, and seasonings.
  24. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low.
  25. Add 2 cups of assorted fish of choice.
  26. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
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this is a bowl of delicious crab legs, shrimp and other seafood all in a big glass bowl called chowder. This seafood medley of chowder is rich and delicious often made at Christmas eve as a special Holiday  treat








Don't Forget to Try Our Favorite Seafood Recipes




Fish Francese
Tuna and potatoes cakes
Shirmp Parmaigano
Feast of 7 Fishes
Pecan Crusted Tilapia
Baked Fish in Marinara
Fried Calamari with Pasta



Pin for Later Both Soups Red or White Is Fabulous!








Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2009. It was edited and re-published in 2019.

31 comments

  1. oh, yum! look at all that seafood! using fresh seafood in a chowder is the best. love your photo with the crab legs!

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  2. Thanks @Brie Le Grand Fromage I could eat this every day...love shell fish! I am blessed that I am not allergic like some folks.... :)

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  3. Now I see what happens to the poor lobsters! This looks very interesting and delicious....so many things that I can put in. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Sounds & looks amazing! Many, many years ago I was invited to a traditional Christmas Eve 7 fish dinner. Brings back memories... :)

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  5. Please send me some right away. I love a good chowder and this looks amazing.

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  6. Love the chowders! My DH would so love the white while I might just order the red with a few good shakes of red pepper!

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  7. Great chowder! It sounds delicious :)

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  8. @marymoh
    @andrea
    @redkathy
    @tasteyeatsathome
    @karine

    thank you all!

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  9. This looks amazing! The chowder, a piece of crusty bread, and an ice cold beer ... perfection!

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  10. Fresh seafood chowder. Does it get any better than that? Yours looks mouth-watering... trying to reach across cybersphere for some. Even though, in truth - I loved the red versions for the clam chowder!Still a New Yorker at heart. The Oyster Bar in Grand Central used to have the best Manhattan clam chowder ever.

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  11. what a great recipe - but I knew it would be - love all the variety of seafood you use, kind of like gumbo, a kitchen sink recipe -

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  12. Adorable chowder recipe really worth to try on these dates!

    Cheers!

    Gera

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  13. This seafood chowder looks amazing! I'm going to have to make the white one for my husband, he would love it!

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  14. WOW would you look at that fresh seafood??? Those lobsters look ridiculously good -- I am such a fan of seafood chowders, it captures the essence of the sea all in one bowl :)

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  15. My grandmother used to do the 7 fishes thing every year but she never had anything that was as luscious as this. This would satsify my craving for something luxurious... what a gorgeous recipe!!!

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  16. @foodlovee thank you!
    @tasty trix ooo crusty bread yum good idea...thank trix!
    @claudia yep its hard to choose I like both red and white my hubby loves the white
    @drick glad you like it my seafood God for recipes!
    @gera thanks!
    @5 star foodie hope he enjoys this its an easy recipe very filling
    @joy thank you for that, the shell fish really does make this I love crab!
    @kathy vega that is the ultimate compliment thanks so much I know what wonderful memories grandparents leave, and that was very touching to me to say that. thankyou :)

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  17. congrats for this wonderful and delicious dish!

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  18. @alison
    @Kathy Gori

    thanks for the well wishes!

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  19. This looks amazing, great recipe Claudia. And the pictures are very, very good:)

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  20. Lovin' the seafood chowder recipe - definitely must try!!

    I'm in the beginning stage of my own food blog, basing my recipes on things I enjoyed as a child as well as coming up with my own recipes. Kudos to you!!

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  21. I love red chowder! And the lobster looks so scrumptious!

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  22. How lucky you are! You have such a variety of sea products there. This soup sounds so healthy and tasty.

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  23. I usually don't pay a whole lot of attention to the Top 9, but your picture of this beautiful Chowder caught my eye. Great composition with those Crab legs. Plus this sounds fabulous. I'm going to save the recipe and give it a try. Love a good chowder. Thanks for the recipe.

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  24. @laura
    @the other one
    @dhaleb
    @zerrin
    @leaAnn

    thank you all for these wonderful compliments!

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  25. i dedecated my russian tea cakes

    http://alison-trials.blogspot.com/2009/12/russian-tea-cakes.html

    to you!for friendships without borders!cheers!

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  26. Looks great! I may try it cuz I wanna do something different for Christmas!

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  27. Gorgeous pictures! The crab legs are wonderful!

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  28. Looks so delicious!! Truly drooling here! Im going to give this a go!

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  29. I think I just found my new favorite soup!

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