Crab and Corn Chowder

Crab and Corn Chowder

Chowder is a term given to a variety of seafood and vegetable based thickened soup dishes. These dishes are often milk or cream based, but there are some tomato based ones like the Manhattan clam chowder. There are two claims for the origin of this dish one is French and it is believe that the term came from the word “Chaudière” which is a type of pot where traditional chowders are cooked, similar concept to the origins of casserole. Another claim was it came from an old English word “iowter” which means fishmonger, where in old English tradition these fishmongers just place any remains of the catch of the day in a pot and cook it like the modern day chowders, hence chowder dishes are commonly using seafood as its main ingredient.  Well what do you think, who have the right claim?

Well winter is here in New Zealand and I guess I will start posting warming dishes like such, the Crab and Corn chowder. A simple chowder to prepare which goes well with breads like baguette, ciabatta or sour dough.


500g crab meat
2 1/2 cups whole kernel corn
5 tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
3 1/2 cup fresh milk
1/2 cup cream
1 large white onions, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
handful of parsley, chopped
freshly ground black pepper


  1. Blend together 1 cup of corn and 1 cup of milk. Set aside.
  2. In a pot add 1 tsp butter then sauté garlic and onions. Once onions are soft remove from pot then set aside.
  3. Add the remaining butter then add in the flour, cook until it forms a roux. Now gradually add milk, blended corn then corn and sautéed garlic and onions. Simmer in low heat for 4 minutes.
  4. Add crab meat and cream, simmer in low heat for additional 4 minutes.
  5. Place chopped parsley, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and simmer in low heat for 2 more minutes.

11 Responses

  1. I love crab and corn chowder – yours looks incredible!
    🙂 Mandy

  2. great for as a dip for grilled bread and light meal for dinner.

  3. Looks great no matter who made it, but I’ll have to throw my support behind the British. How else could New England have such great chowder? OK, that’s a joke, no one correct me on history please.

  4. I must make this for my daughter soon! What a beautiful bowl of soup…and I really needed a good chowder recipe.

  5. looks one delicious comfort food to me

  6. Crab is my favorite- this chowder looks delicious! 🙂

  7. Amazing how something that looks so yummy is so simple to make – YUMMY !

  8. I just realized that you post your recipes everyday! No wonder I can’t catch up reading! LOL. I’ve reading those new ones too, but I decided to leave a comment here as this will be my favorite. I saw the same recipe at Adora’s site (Adora’s Box) and it made me really want to eat this. I love chowder but with crab in it, it’s even better or the best!!! Looks delicious!

  9. Farida says:

    That chowder lokks so fresh and delicious


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