Keto seafood chowder

Keto seafood chowder

Elegant layers of flavor combine with flaky, tender chunks of salmon, shrimp, and wilted spinach, giving this cream-based seafood chowder absolute rave reviews. Colorful, beautiful, delicious, easy, and keto! A winner all around.

Keto seafood chowder

Elegant layers of flavor combine with flaky, tender chunks of salmon, shrimp, and wilted spinach, giving this cream-based seafood chowder absolute rave reviews. Colorful, beautiful, delicious, easy, and keto! A winner all around.
USMetric
4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 2 garlic clove, mincedgarlic cloves, minced
  • 5 oz. 150 g celery stalk, slicedcelery stalks, sliced
  • 1 cup 225 ml clam juice
  • 1½ cups 350 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp dried sage or dried thyme
  • ½ ½ lemon, juice and zest
  • 4 oz. 110 g cream cheese
  • 1 lb 450 g salmon or other firm fish, pin bones removed, fillets cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 oz. 50 g baby spinach
  • 8 oz. 225 g shrimp peeled and deveined
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • ½ tbsp ½ tbsp red chili pepperred chili peppers
  • fresh sage, optional for garnish

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add clam juice, cream, cream cheese, sage, lemon juice and lemon zest. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes without lid.
  3. Add the fish and shrimp. Simmer for 3 minutes or until fish is just cooked (should flake easily). Add the baby spinach and stir until wilted.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Garnish with fresh red chili and fresh sage before serving for extra flavor and splash of color.

Tips

As an optional addition, consider adding crushed, dried chili flakes as a garnish on the soup. These add a lovely hot zest to an already delicious soup.

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18 comments

  1. Yvette
    This is a wonderfully decadent recipe. I used white fish and fresh sage. The flavor combinations are delicious, sage, lemon and lemon zest. I also added scallions. This recipe is really one that you would likely eat at a high end restaurant. It is that good!
  2. Yvette
    This is a wonderfully decadent recipe. I used white fish in place of salmon, and fresh sage. The flavor combinations are delicious, sage, lemon and lemon zest. I also added scallions. This recipe is really one that you would likely eat at a high end restaurant. It is that good!
  3. Kristie
    Hi DD - this looks amazing, but could you please also create a keto clam chowder recipe? Or are clams a lot higher in carbs? Thank you.
    Reply: #4
  4. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi DD - this looks amazing, but could you please also create a keto clam chowder recipe? Or are clams a lot higher in carbs? Thank you.

    There are only 3.6g carbs in 100g of clams, so you could use all clams in this recipe as long as you accounted for the carbs.

  5. Bethany
    Do I used green prawns or cooked prawns?
    Reply: #6
  6. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Do I used green prawns or cooked prawns?

    Raw, as they will cook very quickly. Adding in already cooked shrimp/prawns may result in a rubbery texture.

  7. Catherine
    Where would you get clam juice or what could I substitute it for?
    Reply: #13
  8. Xanzi Barber
    Clam juice/nectar is usually with the tinned fish at grocery stores. If you can't find it; fish stock would be a good substitute. It's fairly briny tasting so maybe add more salt.
  9. Catherine
    Thanks Xanzi Barber
  10. Jamie Boepple
    If I'm avoiding lactose, what could I replace the heavy whipping cream with? All that comes to mind is coconut milk and I expect that would really change the flavor.
    Reply: #12
  11. Paul
    Very nice recipe. If you want to elevate it to the heavens, LOL,
    Add a handful of bacon, Costco has the bags of crumbled bacon, if not chop the raw stuff and add it at the butter and garlic stage. I also decided to put both sage and thyme (I don't measure but I would say 1/2 tsp) and basil, a bit more than the other two as basil is a more forgiving herb, so to speak. If you like it spicy add cayenne at an early stage. Let the heat set in.
    Oh yeah, I put the same weight of shrimp to fish ratio. What the hell shrimp has a negligible amount of carbs.
    and finally I put some green onion on top after serving in a bowl, looks good and add a subtle additional layer of flavor.
    I also added more lemon zest as well during cooking.
  12. Paul
    Definitely would change the dish completely. Whipping cream is synonymous with chowder.

    But maybe coconut cream! It's high in saturated fat might get close to whipping cream. What the heck, recipes
    are meant to be tweaked. Try it!!! Let the group know, you can be our "guinea pig"

  13. Paul
    I got clam juice at my grocery store near the canned oysters/mussel aisle.
  14. Jaclyn B
    I don't like fish, but I'm always determined to try and find a dish I enjoy. This was delightful. I was worried it would taste too fishy with salmon but it wasn't overpowering. It almost tasted like clam chowder. It was creamy, with just a little bit of spice from the red pepper flakes.
  15. Janice
    I can’t find clam juice so I’m going to use chicken broth a a bit of fish sauce.
  16. Kim
    I left out the shrimp, but had canned crabmeat (2 of them), orange roughy as the fish, and 1 can of clams. I used half heavy cream and half coconut milk, and I added 5 oz of onions. This yielded 7 full cups, with a total of 6.4 carbs per 1 cup serving. Otherwise, I followed it to a tee. Pretty good!
  17. Jen
    This soup was to die for!!! I added a while can of minced clams, cod fish, shrimp, and scallops. Also, old bay seasoning! Really really good and easy!
  18. Elsa
    Only one keto dieter in our family but we all loved it!

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