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 (350 ml) 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 zestlemons, juice and zest
  • 4 oz. 110 g cream cheese
  • 1 lb 450 g salmon, boneless fillet or other firm fish, pin bones removed, fillets cut into 1" piecessalmon, boneless fillets or other firm fish, pin bones removed, fillets cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 oz. 50 g (400 ml) 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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36 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!
  19. Pat
    Are these calories for the entire preparation or just 1 serving? I have to count calories because I'm MUCH older than these young ones.
    Reply: #20
  20. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Are these calories for the entire preparation or just 1 serving? I have to count calories because I'm MUCH older than these young ones.

    Our recipes always list the nutrition information per serving.

  21. Susan
    This is amazing!
  22. L
    I'm new to Keto, but I found this one really rich. I think I might try it again and cut it down with chicken broth a bit? I like the comment about adding Old Bay, that might be good too.
    Reply: #23
  23. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    I'm new to Keto, but I found this one really rich. I think I might try it again and cut it down with chicken broth a bit? I like the comment about adding Old Bay, that might be good too.

    Adding broth is a great way to thin a rich savory dish. Be sure to adjust the nutrition information accordingly.

  24. Mary Alice
    Can I use smoked salmon to replace the salmon? Any changes needed if I do that? I have some leftover from what I bought for another recipe. Thanks!
    Reply: #25
  25. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Can I use smoked salmon to replace the salmon? Any changes needed if I do that? I have some leftover from what I bought for another recipe. Thanks!

    We have not tested this recipe with smoked salmon, but that should be fine!

  26. Annette
    Recipes are delicious but there is never a serving size listed for any of your recipes. And especially with soups. Casseroles and pies are easy to determine but why not add the serving size to each recipe as they are being made and completed in the kitchen. Dropping the recipe to one serving helps with some recipes but the addition of serving size would be most appreciated. Thank you for your future consideration.
    Reply: #27
  27. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Recipes are delicious but there is never a serving size listed for any of your recipes. And especially with soups. Casseroles and pies are easy to determine but why not add the serving size to each recipe as they are being made and completed in the kitchen. Dropping the recipe to one serving helps with some recipes but the addition of serving size would be most appreciated. Thank you for your future consideration.

    Listing a serving size would be more inaccurate as different people will find that the soup reduces more or less in different situations. Giving the number of servings is the most accurate way to make sure the listed nutrition information is accurate.

  28. Laura
    Another winner. So delicious and filling. I can see adding a few things for flavor and variety. Paired with a salad and a slice of toasted Keto Bread and this was a yummy dinner!
  29. Kiellline
    I put this recipe in my „to cook“ list. I’m just wondering - if I prepare more, can I store in the fridge for at least 3-4 days? Or cream base is too unforgiving for the cool storage?
    Reply: #30
  30. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I put this recipe in my „to cook“ list. I’m just wondering - if I prepare more, can I store in the fridge for at least 3-4 days? Or cream base is too unforgiving for the cool storage?

    Soup is a great candidate for making extra servings for later in the week. Sometimes a cream base may "break" a little when it is reheated but it will still taste good.

  31. Nancy
    As to serving size, I too have often wished there were an amount listed to count as a serving. But I realized, as Kristie said, that there are too many variables. Like today, I didn't have quite enough cream so used some Mexican cream. If I really want to know the serving amounts, I weigh or measure the exact amount of every ingredient, then weigh or measure the amount of the finished product. Thus I know exactly what my carb, fat, protein, calories, etc totals are for however much I eat. But I do this very seldom. It's too much work and I'd rather just eat whatever feels right and good for me. This soup was so rich that to eat 1/4 of it would have been too much for me. I added bacon and bacon fat. I may thin it with some bone broth for lunch tomorrow.
  32. Mary
    Awesome! 5 STARS! I used Alfredo sauce in jar instead of cream cheese and heavy cream. Great Flavor!!!
  33. leanne14
    This recipe is delicious and I followed the recipe exactly as given above. However it is VERY calorific. I put the recipe into Cronometer where I am tracking all my food. I made the recipe following the "2 servings" guideline, and then in Cronometer recorded it as 3 servings - and this 1/3rd would be over half my daily calorie intake for the day. I am now going to eat this "2 servings" as 4 servings and even then a 1/4 is over 400 calories for 70gms of protein. EEK!! Take care if you are calorie counting.
    Reply: #34
  34. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    This recipe is delicious and I followed the recipe exactly as given above. However it is VERY calorific. I put the recipe into Cronometer where I am tracking all my food. I made the recipe following the "2 servings" guideline, and then in Cronometer recorded it as 3 servings - and this 1/3rd would be over half my daily calorie intake for the day. I am now going to eat this "2 servings" as 4 servings and even then a 1/4 is over 400 calories for 70gms of protein. EEK!! Take care if you are calorie counting.

    Each serving of this recipe contains 6g net carbs, 69g fat, 37g protein, and 795 calories.
    However, we don't recommend counting calories. These articles should be helpful for you!
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/calories
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/common-currency-bodies-not-calories-guess

  35. Belverly Nalls-Demar
    I am making this recipe as I type. So far the flavors are great. I used clams as I cannot find my clam juice. In the fridge somewhere. I am using Salmon and shrimp. I love this soup. Just what the doctor ordered, as I am getting over a sinus infection and it is colder here in Maryland. (Love soups in the Fall-Winter) Thank you!
    Reply: #36
  36. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    I am making this recipe as I type. So far the flavors are great. I used clams as I cannot find my clam juice. In the fridge somewhere. I am using Salmon and shrimp. I love this soup. Just what the doctor ordered, as I am getting over a sinus infection and it is colder here in Maryland. (Love soups in the Fall-Winter) Thank you!

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing your feedback! I hope you feel better soon :)

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