This frozen seafood soup recipe uses up all of that frozen seafood that has been sitting in your freezer, and puts it to good use! Frozen fish fillets, frozen shrimp, and any other frozen seafood that you have, gets tossed into this one pot creamy soup. Other canned foods get added to this delicious dinner, making it super easy and a great way to use up extra food!
It’s creamy, comforting and loaded with delicious seafood flavor.
Why I Love This Frozen Fish Recipe:
I am a HUGE soup lover. I’m not exaggerating when I say I could eat soup every single day. I actually just had a bowl while writing this!
When grocery shopping at the beginning of the pandemic, I panic purchased a bunch of frozen seafood and quickly realized that it took up a lot of room in my freezer. What is the best way to use all of your seafood at once?…a chowder!
I was actually nervous about attempting to develop this frozen seafood soup recipe, since I had never seen another recipe using mostly frozen food and canned goods. But I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty it is!
See for yourself, you will be on bowl 3 before you know it!
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Why This Easy Seafood Chowder Recipe Is So Good:
Just trust me, this easy seafood chowder recipe is REALLY GOOD.
What Frozen Seafood Can You Use?
I dare say, just about ANY frozen seafood you have in your freezer will work! You can also use fresh seafood, but cooking times will differ, as will the texture of the soup.
You can use FROZEN (or fresh):
- Shrimp (raw or cooked)
- Clams and Muscles
Is It Mediterranean Diet Friendly?
Is this a Mediterranean Diet friendly soup recipe? Not as it is, but there are a few changes that you can make to make it work!
If you are new here, I have a ‘mostly‘ Mediterranean Diet food blog, and I love to show how you can transform almost any recipe into a MedDiet friendly one!
First, let’s talk about the foods that are MedDiet approved. Fish is highly encouraged on a Mediterranean diet, and frozen seafood is perfectly fine to use! Canned and fresh vegetables are also perfect, as every meal should have a few varieties of vegetables.
Now let’s get to the things we need to change. In this specific recipe, we use a LOT of dairy. Milk, butter and heavy cream, to be specific. TECHNICALLY, you can enjoy meals with dairy on occasion, they are not off limits, per say. But if you are trying to reduce the amount of dairy that you consume, feel free to swap the milk and cream out for coconut milk and coconut cream! And you can just omit the butter, if you choose.
Bacon is also not the healthiest food choice, so feel free to omit that as well, or replace pork bacon with turkey bacon or a plant based bacon.
I think this recipe would look gorgeous cooked and served in this Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Round Dutch Oven in White, don’t you?
When To Serve This Frozen Seafood Soup:
This is such a great dump dinner recipe…dump it in the pot and leave it!
I personally find that I like to clean out my freezer around the start of fall. There is something ingrained in me that when September rolls around, it’s time for a fresh start.
Plus, there are so many earthy vegetables that are harvested at this time of year that can be added the soup. So I like to make this as an autumn chowder recipe.
But honestly, you can serve it whenever you have some seafood leftovers or frozen fish that you need to use up.
Tips For Success
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Frozen Seafood Soup
- 1 cup milk (I used whole, but you can use whatever milk you have in your fridge)
- 2 frozen fish fillets (I used flounder, but again, any white fish will do)
- 2 cans chopped clams, drained
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 cups seafood stock (can use chicken or vegetable stock as well)
- 20-25 frozen large raw shrimp, deveined and peeled
- 4-6 strips bacon
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 15 oz can of whole kernel corn, drained
- 2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
- 2 large carrots, peeled and rough chopped
- 1 medium red onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through garlic presser
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp table salt
- bay leaf
- pepper as needed
- Chopped parsley as garnish
- If your bacon was frozen, place it in warm water for 10-20 minutes until thawed enough to separate the pieces. Place the bacon in a large hot stock pot and cook each side until crispy (about 2 minutes per side). Remove the bacon once cooked and place on a paper towel for later.
- Turn the heat to medium and saute the potatoes, red onion and carrot in the bacon grease for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the garlic and cook for 45 seconds, stirring the entire time.
- Now add 1/4 cup of flour and stir to coat. Pour in the milk and stock, and stir well.
- Drain the clams and add them to the pot, along with the frozen flounder, frozen raw shrimp and drained canned corn. Stir to combine.
- Season with thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
- Simmer for 1 hour on medium/low, stirring occasionally. Before serving, taste to see if more salt is needed.
- When done, remove from heat and add heavy cream and butter. Remove the bay leaf, sprinkle with parsley and chopped bacon bits and enjoy!
- When I first made this recipe, I had not thought about stocking up on seafood stock…it just did not seem practical at the time. Most of the recipes online say to use the shells of the shrimp to make your own stock, but that is pretty difficult when they are frozen to the shrimp! I decided to use a mixture of chicken broth and vegetable broth and it was FINE. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of not sticking to a recipe and using the ingredients that you have to make it work.
- The starch from the potatoes should help to thicken your chowder, but if you find it too liquidy, ladle some of the broth to a new bowl and add 2 tbsp of flour to it. Whisk until there are no flour clumps, and add it back to the chowder pot.
- I don’t recommend freezing leftovers, as the seafood was previously frozen.