Whether you're hanging out in your favorite beach town or beating the winter chill at home by the fire, seafood soups, stews and chowders can be delicious, satisfying and oh-so-nourishing. It's no wonder they've been warming up New England fishermen quite effectively for centuries! What's so good about seafood soup?
- Fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have been found to be beneficial for preventing heart disease by helping to lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, improve blood vessel function and ease inflammation.
- The American Heart Association recommends that people eat fish twice a week, and serving it up in soup form is a great way to consume the recommended amount.
- Because some are thick and hearty while others are less bold, seafood soups can be served for a variety of meals. Looking for a new recipe for lunch, an appetizer or dinner? There's a seafood soup for every occasion.
- By upping your seafood intake, you could be doing the environment a favor. Shellfish, especially farmed clams, can be very sustainable, according to environmental watchdog groups.
Here are several recipes for seafood soups, stews and chowders you can make at home:
Full of broth and other yummy ingredients, soup is good for the soul, and seafood soup is even better.
She-Crab Soup: Make this southern dish, which is both rich and light at the same time, by combining blue-claw crab, shellfish broth, sherry and cream.
If you're looking for something a bit heartier, opt for stew. Made with less liquid than soup, seafood stews combine a fish of your choice plus plenty of vegetables and spices. Stewing them on the stove for an extended period of time enhances the flavors.
Basque Seafood Stew: Combine seafood, hot and sweet paprika and a combination of herbs to make this rich and satisfying stew that originates in Basque country, at the border of Spain and France.
Crab Stew Basque Style: For the perfect way to use crabmeat in a stew, combine it with shallots and fish stock.
Stewed Salt Cod Amalfi: To make this comfort food, which originated in Italy, you'll need some patience. Dried, salted cod must be soaked for one to two days, and is then combined with wine, olive oil, garlic and chickpeas.
A chowder can be a nice creamy appetizer, or a lunch to warm you up on a chilly day.
Traditional New England Clam Chowder: This creamy favorite of the coastal Northeast combines clams, potoatos and cream for a deeply satisfying chowder.
Cioppino: San Francisco's signature seafood stew can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home, no matter how far away you live from the Bay Area.
Manhattan Crab Chowder: The less creamy cousin to New England clam chowder, this New York City favorite combines tomato and clams.
Oyster Veloute: Make this smooth, French oyster chowder by combining roux of butter, flour and shallots, plus egg yolks and cream.
Other Soup-Like Options
Want something out of the ordinary? While not quite a traditional soup, stew or chowder, these recipes are sure to warm you up.
Creole Shrimp Gumbo with Duck: Bring a bit of New Orleans into your kitchen with this spicy dish that combines shrimp and duck.
Texas Style Smothered Catfish: This super easy meal takes just 15 minutes to prepare in the microwave.