Italian White or Red Seafood Chowder

Saturday, December 5, 2009

In this soup shown, I have whole baby canned clams, scallops, shrimp, lobster, crab and tilapia. When we are lucky enough to catch Wahoo or Cobia here in Florida, that would also join this soup.

This traditional soup was usually made for Christmas Day with all the leftover fish from the Italian 7 fishes Christmas Eve ( So in went everything to make this chowder. Sometimes we would have red or white chowder. This one is the white.

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 shell fish in boiling in water for around an 1/2 hour to make a stock. After lobster is cooked clean and cut in chunks, use meat for later. Use 1 160z 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 half or heavy cream (preferred)
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 teas 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
1/4 cup chopped Pancetta (Italian bacon ) or regular fried and crumbled or just use bacon

Suggested fresh fish:
2 cups or more of assorted shelled or cleaned fish, shrimp, scallops, tiliapia, crab, haddock,lobster , or any other white fish you like....canned or frozen is fine.......

Melt butter in pan, add flour to make paste stir till smooth, add chicken broth, all other liquids, all spices ,celery, tomato, potatoes and bacon. Mix together, if your not in a hurry put in crock pot on low for four hours, otherwise simmer for an hour. Add fish at the end, cook 1/2 hour.** Note:

If soup is too thin for you, mix a smooth paste of flour and cold water even amounts start with 4 tab of each , add to pot, bring to boil until desired thickness.

Serve with oyster crackers and cracked fresh pepper.

If you prefer Red Italian Seafood Chowder try this recipe:
1 can whole baby clams, same fresh fish selections as above
3 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup red wine
1 /2 cup celery hearts minced
2 (16 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves of minced garlic
4 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup finely diced carrots
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon oregano, basil, parsley, cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
olive oil
Preparation: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. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Add 2 cups of assorted fish of choice. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.


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

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

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

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

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

  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!

  7. Great chowder! It sounds delicious :)

  8. @marymoh

    thank you all!

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

  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.

  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 -

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



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

  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 :)

  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!!!

  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 :)

  17. congrats for this wonderful and delicious dish!

  18. @alison
    @Kathy Gori

    thanks for the well wishes!

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

  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!!

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

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

  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.

  24. @laura
    @the other one

    thank you all for these wonderful compliments!

  25. i dedecated my russian tea cakes

    to you!for friendships without borders!cheers!

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

  27. Gorgeous pictures! The crab legs are wonderful!

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


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