Want to get more seafood into your diet? Fish and shellfish are not only delicious, they are incredibly versatile. Whether you are looking for new weekday lunch ideas on a budget, want an elegant starter to kick off dinner parties, or looking to learn more about global flavors, we've rounded up our favorite seafood soups and stews you can make any time of year, for practically every occasion.
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Instant Pot Clam Chowder
You won't need to travel to New England for a rich, thick white clam chowder. This tasty version uses the Instant Pot to cook up a classic Atlantic coast chowder with both clams and clam juice, tender diced potatoes, crispy crumbled bacon, onion, and celery. Serve it with saltines or oyster crackers for an instantly warming lunch or dinner.
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Jjampong (Spicy Korean-Chinese Seafood Soup)
Visit any Koreatown in cities across the world and you are likely to find jjampong, a spicy and aromatic seafood soup thought to have been created by Chinese immigrants living in Nagasaki, Japan. It is a soothing, filling mixture of noodles (egg or udon), assorted seafood, pork, and vegetables in a bright and perky red soup base spiked with dried red chilies.
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Flemish Waterzooi (Flemmish Seafood Stew)
Waterzooi is a uniquely hearty and creamy Flemish stew that is a popular winter dish in Belgium. While some modern versions use chicken, or even wild game, we stick to seafood, potatoes, and root vegetables for a more traditional recipe. Feel free to vary the mixed seafood as needed, based on what is available at the market. A glug of malty Belgian beer would also be a nice addition to the broth.
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Tom Yum Talay (Thai Seafood Soup)
Tom Yum Talay is a spicy and sour seafood soup from Thailand. This recipe is authentic and incredible tasting with its delicious combination of seafood, lemongrass, coconut milk, and lime. The soup soothes and uplifts the spirit as well as the body.Continue to 5 of 22 below.
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Put on some French jazz, break out the baguette, and dig into a Marseilles-style feast with bowls of classic bouillabaisse. It takes some time to prepare the rich seafood broth for this iconic French seafood stew, but the results are well worth it. The final dish brimming with chunks of fish, crab, squid, mussels, and lobster is a true seafood lover's delight.
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Sizzling Rice Soup
A restaurant specialty, sizzling rice soup makes crackling sounds when crisp rice is added to the hot broth. But why enjoy this meal at a restaurant only? Bring this delicious sizzling rice recipe to your friends and family at home.
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Cullen skink is a smoked haddock chowder that is one of Scotland's most beloved comfort food dishes. Our version of this famous recipe uses mashed potatoes, instead of the more common potato chunks, to add thickness and creaminess to the creamy, milk-based broth, for a rib-sticking fish chowder that is suitable for gluten-free diets.
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Easy Oyster Stew
If you think of oysters as a fancy restaurant indulgence, you may be surprised by this homey, one-pot oyster stew that needs almost no prep, and always hits the spot on colder days. Really a creamy seafood soup, it is a holiday classic starter, especially for Italian families celebrating the Feast of Seven Fishes. You need just 20 minutes, and fewer than 10 ingredients, to cook up a big pot to enjoy with crackers or crusty bread.Continue to 9 of 22 below.
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Tom Yum Soup
Tom yum soup is one of the culinary triumphs of Thai cuisine. Light, lean, and intensely flavorful, topped with plump, juicy shrimp, it is easy to prepare with chicken stock, lemongrass, garlic, lime, coconut milk, fresh veggies, and a pop of spicy heat from optional chili oil. Enjoy it for a special starter at dinner, or a soothing meal in one bowl when you are fighting a cold.
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Moqueca de Peixe (Brazilian Fish Stew)
From Bahia, Brazil comes this colorful and tropical fish stew. Flavored with coconut milk and palm oil, and studded with meaty morsels of fish, tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, and cilantro, it makes a filling meal in one bowl. Ladle it over steamed white rice, or fried plantains, for a true South American dining experience.
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Tom Kha (Thai Tom Yum Soup With Coconut Milk)
Tom Kha is similar to Tom Yum in many ways, but the critical difference is Tom Kha's broth depends on coconut milk. It's hot, spicy, and oh-so creamy. This warming soup is full of vegetables, aromatics, chiles, and umami flavor.
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Frogmore Stew (Low Country Boil)
No, there are no frogs in this classic seafood stew named after a South Carolina Low Country fishing community — just shrimp, corn on the cob, sausages, new potatoes, and the essential seafood boil seasoning. Boil it up nice in 30 minutes for tailgating events or backyard cookouts, with a splash of optional hot sauce, and maybe a nice cold beer to go alongside.Continue to 13 of 22 below.
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Slow Cooker Fish Chowder
Fry up some bacon, chop some thawed frozen fish, potatoes, and onion, and set your slow cooker to do the rest. Kids and adults alike will love our home-style slow cooker fish chowder that gets a rich, creamy finish from evaporated milk added near the end of the cooking time. Serve it with rolls or crackers for a warming lunch or dinner.
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Okra Stew With Prawns and Lobster Tails
With a unique, traditional flavor from Ghanian-style ingredients including okra, palm oil, ginger, and scotch bonnet pepper, this spicy West African stew featuring shrimp and lobster is a feast for all of the senses. It looks and tastes special, but is surprisingly easy to make in under an hour.
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Fresh Salmon Chowder
Fresh salmon is an excellent choice for this creamy lunchtime chowder, but you could also use economical canned salmon from the pantry. Either way, it makes a satisfying meal in one bowl, with nuggets of protein-rich fish, hearty potatoes, peas, celery, a chicken stock base, and plenty of meltingly creamy cheddar cheese.
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Tadich Grill Cioppino for Two
Cioppino is a San Francisco Italian specialty. What started as a humble, tomato-based soup including seafood scraps has become much more spectacular over time. Our version, inspired by the famous menu item at San Francisco's famous Tadich Grill, includes mussels, white fish, shrimp or crab, fennel, white wine, and a splash of licorice liqueur, for a company-worthy starter.Continue to 17 of 22 below.
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Shrimp, Barley and Lemon Stew
If you're watching your calories, or trying to get more fiber in your diet, you'll want to know about this delicious shrimp, barley, and lemon stew. It's lighter than the typical beef and barley soup, but still has a satisfying, rib-sticking texture from pearl barley and sweet potatoes, and a sweet, bright flavor from simmered pink shrimp, and fresh lemon juice and zest.
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Crab and Shrimp Seafood Bisque
Brimming with luscious lumps of crabmeat, and dotted with plump, sweet shrimp, this restaurant-style seafood bisque is an easy gourmet dish you can cook at home. All you need is 30 minutes, and a single pot, to prepare this stove-top wonder on busy weeknights. The secret to its thick and creamy base is a flour-based roux, which transforms heavy cream and tomato paste into something special.
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Laksa Noodle Soup
Laksa noodle soup is a super-flavorful Malaysian dish. The soup is thought to be a blending of Chinese and Malaysian or Javanese cuisines, either through the merging of cultures or intermarriage. There are two significant kinds of laksa, each with several variants, depending on the region. This recipe is for a basic curry laksa.
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Basque Seafood Stew
This is a rich and satisfying seafood stew that originates in the Basque country, in the Pyrenees, and on the Atlantic coast at the border of Spain and France. What makes this stew special is a combination of seafood, both hot and sweet paprika, and a combination of herbs.Continue to 21 of 22 below.
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Tuna Corn Chowder
Use fresh or frozen corn kernels for this budget-conscious tuna chowder that makes a great weekday lunch idea for kids. Some of the corn is pureed, giving an extra-thick texture to the already-creamy, chowder-like soup base. With a colorful topping of chopped fresh parsley, this easy pantry soup is bright enough for spring holiday luncheons, too.
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You don't need many ingredients to make an absolutely fabulous lobster stew. Just a few subtle seasonings are all that's needed to highlight delicate lobster meat. With an indulgent, buttery broth made with milk, heavy cream, and an optional splash of cooking sherry, this soup makes a delicious and elegant starter for anniversary dinners, and other romantic meals at home.