One-Pot Cajun Shrimp Chowder – #SoupSwappers

Whether you're looking to celebrate Mardi Gras or just in need of a comforting bowl of spicy seafood soup, this one-pot shrimp chowder is sure to satisfy your Cajun cravings.

So, here’s the thing. I’ve been planning on making this soup for over two weeks now and somehow I only finally got around to making it this morning. Way after Mardi Gras of course because my planning sucks big ol’ coconut-filled chocolate candy hearts. Speaking of which, is it just me, or do you feel like Mardi Gras got outrageously dissed this year by Valentine’s Day? If I were Mardi Gras I’d be truly pissed and hunting down that stupid saggy diaper wearing cupid to throw handfuls of green, purple, and gold beads at him before punching him straight in the face. I’d make sure to treat him to a big ol’ bowl of this spicy seafood chowder afterward though to make up for being such a bully of a holiday. Oh, and maybe a hurricane cocktail too because alcohol pretty much solves everything. Plus it’s red, and we all know how much Valentine’s Day loves the color red.

Whether you're looking to celebrate Mardi Gras or just in need of a comforting bowl of spicy seafood soup, this one-pot shrimp chowder is sure to satisfy your Cajun cravings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Medium Sweet Yellow Onion, Finely Diced
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Celery Seed
  • 1/3 Cup Sweet Tea Vodka
  • 2 (14.5-oz.) Cans Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 1/2 Pounds Red Potatoes, Peeled & Diced
  • 1 1/2 Pounds Shrimp, Peeled & Deveined

Whether you're looking to celebrate Mardi Gras or just in need of a comforting bowl of spicy seafood soup, this one-pot shrimp chowder is sure to satisfy your Cajun cravings.

Directions:

  1. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a large Dutch oven or pot.
  2. When the butter is melted, stir in the onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, oregano, paprika, cayenne, red pepper flakes, and celery seed. Cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the vodka and allow to simmer for two minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth, milk, cream, brown sugar, bay leaves, and diced potatoes. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  5. When the chowder comes to a boil, lower the heat to medium and continue to cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the shrimp and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until they are just cooked through.
  7. Remove the bay leaves before serving.

Whether you're looking to celebrate Mardi Gras or just in need of a comforting bowl of spicy seafood soup, this one-pot shrimp chowder is sure to satisfy your Cajun cravings.

Suggestions:

  • The sweet tea vodka in this recipe helps to develop flavor, however, you can leave it out if you choose.
  • You can use whichever type of milk you have on hand in this recipe. I used skim milk because it’s what I had on hand.
  • This chowder will be spicy. If you prefer less spice, decrease the amount of cayenne and red pepper flakes.

Whether you're looking to celebrate Mardi Gras or just in need of a comforting bowl of spicy seafood soup, this one-pot shrimp chowder is sure to satisfy your Cajun cravings.

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One-Pot Cajun Shrimp Chowder

One-Pot Cajun Shrimp Chowder

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Medium Sweet Yellow Onion, Finely Diced
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Celery Seed
  • 1/3 Cup Sweet Tea Vodka
  • 2 (14.5-oz.) Cans Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 1/2 Pounds Red Potatoes, Peeled & Diced
  • 1 1/2 Pounds Shrimp, Peeled & Deveined

Directions:

  1. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a large Dutch oven or pot.
  2. When the butter is melted, stir in the onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder, thyme, oregano, paprika, cayenne, red pepper flakes, and celery seed. Cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the vodka and allow to simmer for two minutes.
  4. Add the chicken broth, milk, cream, brown sugar, bay leaves, and diced potatoes. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  5. When the chowder comes to a boil, lower the heat to medium and continue to cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the shrimp and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until they are just cooked through.
  7. Remove the bay leaves before serving.
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Whether you're looking to celebrate Mardi Gras or just in need of a comforting bowl of spicy seafood soup, this one-pot shrimp chowder is sure to satisfy your Cajun cravings.

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This month’s “Mardi Gras – Cajun or Creole!” themed Soup Saturday Swappers event is being hosted by Kathy of A Spoonful of Thyme. Make sure to check out all of the other great Cajun and Creole soup recipes below.