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. (1½ cups) 140 g (325 ml) celery stalk, slicedcelery stalks, sliced
  • 1 cup 240 ml clam juice or vegetable stock
  • 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. (½ cup) 110 g (110 ml) 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. (2 cups) 55 g (425 ml) baby spinach
  • 8 oz. 230 g shrimp peeled and deveined
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • ½ tbsp ½ tbsp red chili pepperred chili peppers
  • fresh sage, optional for garnish
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Instructions

  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.

Tip

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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64 comments

  1. Kali
    When would you add the heavy cream?
    Reply: #52
  2. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    When would you add the heavy cream?

    In step 2, the cream is included in the list of ingredients to be added.

  3. Brigitte
    I made the recipe as part of the Weight Loss for Good meal plan. Very tasty although I had to fudge my way around the clam juice.
    That's my only complaint: maybe you can buy clam juice as such in the US. In Germany I'd have to open a tin of clams or mussles (hm, probably more than one) but the recipe does not utilise the clams. It would be very wasteful since no recipe in the meal plan uses clams or mussles.
    Maybe you could add a substitute for clam juice in the recipe for those outside the US? Or, if clam juice is not the juice in a can of clams, explain it in a footnote?
    Replies: #54, #62
  4. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I made the recipe as part of the Weight Loss for Good meal plan. Very tasty although I had to fudge my way around the clam juice.
    That's my only complaint: maybe you can buy clam juice as such in the US. In Germany I'd have to open a tin of clams or mussles (hm, probably more than one) but the recipe does not utilise the clams. It would be very wasteful since no recipe in the meal plan uses clams or mussles.
    Maybe you could add a substitute for clam juice in the recipe for those outside the US? Or, if clam juice is not the juice in a can of clams, explain it in a footnote?

    Thank you for your feedback!

  5. tina
    great recipe! and definitely old bay makes it tastier!
  6. elysummers
    Possibly the BEST chowder recipe I have ever eaten. I used homemade veggie broth with a splash of fish sauce instead of clam juice, and I sprinkled in a little Old Bay. It was heavenly. After it cooled I portioned the rest out in pint containers so I can grab and go or freeze.
    Reply: #57
  7. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Possibly the BEST chowder recipe I have ever eaten. I used homemade veggie broth with a splash of fish sauce instead of clam juice, and I sprinkled in a little Old Bay. It was heavenly. After it cooled I portioned the rest out in pint containers so I can grab and go or freeze.

    Thank you for your feedback, glad you enjoyed it so much!

  8. Kate Lowe
    It was delicious! I used canned salmon and did everything else as the recipe. Will make again. Thank you!
    Reply: #59
  9. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    It was delicious! I used canned salmon and did everything else as the recipe. Will make again. Thank you!

    Great! So glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Scot and DeAnna
    We made this chowder the other night using Cod instead of Salmon. We wished we made a larger batch. It was delicious! We did add more like a pound of prawns so it may have been a little extra shrimp flavored not sure. We sprinkled with “Cajun two step” seasoning before eating. Again. It was delicious and is now on our “regularly scheduled dinners” 🤣Anyway. Thanks for sharing recipe and glad we tried. 💪💪🇺🇸🇺🇸
    Reply: #61
  11. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    We made this chowder the other night using Cod instead of Salmon. We wished we made a larger batch. It was delicious! We did add more like a pound of prawns so it may have been a little extra shrimp flavored not sure. We sprinkled with “Cajun two step” seasoning before eating. Again. It was delicious and is now on our “regularly scheduled dinners” 🤣Anyway. Thanks for sharing recipe and glad we tried. 💪💪🇺🇸🇺🇸

    So glad to hear that you enjoyed this recipe!

  12. Tammi
    I'm also in Germany. Just blend the tin of cans or use the whole tin and skip the shrimp. That's what I do (I'm no fan of shrimp anyway) and it's DELICIOUS.
  13. Tammi
    This is one of my absolute favorite keto recipes and I make it regularly during the colder months. I use canned salmon, canned clams, frozen spinach, and bottled lemon juice. Easy way to use up staples from the cabinet and still comes out AMAZING.

    For those wanting to make this dairy-free, I have had luck substituting blended cashews (just veggie broth and 50g of raw, unsalted cashews) for the cream cheese.

    Reply: #64
  14. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    This is one of my absolute favorite keto recipes and I make it regularly during the colder months. I use canned salmon, canned clams, frozen spinach, and bottled lemon juice. Easy way to use up staples from the cabinet and still comes out AMAZING.
    For those wanting to make this dairy-free, I have had luck substituting blended cashews (just veggie broth and 50g of raw, unsalted cashews) for the cream cheese.

    So glad you love it, Tammi! Thanks for the tips!

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