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Scallop Chowder

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  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: American


Creamy veggie chowder with scallops, bacon, and corn. Make this scallop chowder when you need something comforting, yet light, and quick!


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  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup each – onions, celery, carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme (or 2 tsp. fresh thyme)
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock or seafood stock
  • 1 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and diced 3/4-inch
  • 2 (8 oz.) bottles clam juice
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 lb. bay scallops
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Kosher salt and fresh black pepper
  • Optional: 1/2 cup frozen sweet corn


  1. In a large dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes. Do not pour off any of the fat.
  2. Add onions, celery, carrots, garlic, thyme, and a few pinches of salt. Cook the veggies until soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in flour and cook for about 1 minute. Add stock and bring to a quick simmer. The mixture will slightly thicken.
  4. Add potatoes, clam juice, and half and half. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, partially covered, for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Stir in scallops and corn (optional). Cook until the scallops are tender, about 3-4 minutes. Taste the chowder for salt before adding the scallops.
  6. Stir in parsley before serving. 


  • You can substitute equal parts of chicken or seafood stock for clam juice.
  • I found bay scallops in the frozen seafood section of my grocery store. You can use frozen or thawed-out/fresh scallops. The cooking time is around the same.
  • Corn adds a slight sweetness to the chowder. I highly recommend it!


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 354
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Sodium: 963.7 mg
  • Fat: 10.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 44 g
  • Protein: 22.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 40.3 mg