Scallop Chowder

Chowder in a cast iron bowl
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
651 Calories
15g Fat
100g Carbs
29g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 651
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 955mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 100g 36%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 29g
Calcium 259mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This rich, traditional scallop chowder recipe uses tender and creamy bay scallops in place of clams. You can have great seafood chowder in less than an hour following by preparing this dish.


  • 2 slices bacon (chopped)
  • 12 oz. pkg. bay scallops (thawed if frozen)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup potatoes (diced, peeled)
  • 1/4 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1 cup fish or chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 12 oz. can corn (drained)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large stockpot, cook bacon until crisp; remove from pan, drain on paper towels, crumble, and set aside. In drippings, place scallops and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until opaque (8 to 9 minutes for sea scallops). Remove scallops from the pot and set aside.

  2. In drippings in pot, add onion, potatoes, and celery and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add fish stock and bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes until potatoes are tender.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, marjoram, pepper, and milk and mix with wire whisk until blended. Add to pot along with drained corn and bring to a simmer. Cook over medium heat for 12 minutes, stirring often until soup has thickened and vegetables are tender.​

  4. Add cooked scallops and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes until scallops are thoroughly heated.

  5. Put in bowls and sprinkle cooked bacon on top. Serve and enjoy.