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Mom's Nova Scotia Seafood Chowder Recipe

Mom's Nova Scotia Seafood Chowder

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"Being from the Easy Coast, I've tried a lot of different chowders; however, my Mom's takes the cake. She makes a huge pot of this chowder every Christmas Eve and all of it is gone by Christmas night. Although it is not very healthy, it is an awesome treat once in awhile for any of us that love seafood! I normally throw in a dash of garlic and onion powder. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 20 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 5 mins

    1 hr 25 mins


  1. Fill a large pot halfway with lightly salted water; bring to a boil. Add onions and carrots; cook until slightly tender, 10 minutes. Add potatoes; cook until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Stir in salmon, cod, scallops, shrimp, lobster, and crab; cook over medium heat until salmon and cod are firm but chunks are still slightly translucent in the center, about 10 minutes. Drain half the water from the pot and add clams, heavy cream, and half-and-half. Place butter chunks atop the soup; season with salt and black pepper. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until salmon and cod are fully cooked and flake easily with a fork, about 30 minutes.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • This recipe is approximate as I never measure anything when I make it. So if it looks like you need more of something or want to add anything, throw 'er in the pot!

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 23, 2012

Wow, and more wow. I only made half, but this has to be one of the best chowders I ever tasted and made. Next time though, I will add more salmon for the simple reason I like salmon.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 29, 2013

I made this exactly as the recipe called for. It is an expensive dish to make here. I found that you really need to measure the liquids out, as it was too 'liquidy' even after I drained off the water. The cooking time was a bit too long also. I love seafood chowder and even though this was good, I've had much better. Are you sure there's no thickening? After supper, I did drain off again half the liquid and I'm sure it will be much better now. I know you saiud your measures are 'approximate' but even so....we had to 'fish' for the seafood in the liquid. I've also noticed in your picture there is corn, the recipe never called for corn....

Feb 01, 2013

This is very similar to the recipe my mother makes (also east-coaster). She doesn't use crab but essentially subsitutes the amount of crab for more lobster. She also only uses haddock not cod and salmon and only uses 10% cream. Additionally, she uses cold water shrimp and puts them in with the veggies to cook. Finally, she adds a pinch or two of curry powder!

Dec 18, 2012

delish! took the fat content down a whack by using milk and half and half. still great. even better the next day.

May 13, 2013

I loved this recipe. AS the writer said throw'er in...I used all the ingredients i lobster or clams...but had sole and prawns... I especially loved this recipe for its ease of use and flexibility. I didn't skimp on the butter either...YUMM!!!! It doesn't need any changes. It is fabulous as it is. Nice though that you can make it your own. It is a great starting off point for many a yummy soup/chowder.

Jan 08, 2014

This was the best soup! I used catfish that my husband had caught instead of the tilapia (you could really use anything) I also added some Cajun seasoning and some old bay. I put the veggies and potatoes in a pot with 1 carton of chicken broth instead of the water and cooked until soft. So I just kept all of the chicken broth instead of dumping out half a pan of water, then added the rest.

Dec 22, 2013

"Best chowder you've made so far." touted my husband. Loved how creamy it was. Added parsley, garlic powder, and corn. Also added bacon as another reviewer suggested. I didn't have all of the seafood but even with razor clams, oysters, and small shrimp, was still yummy. Can't wait to try it with fresh salmon, cod and crab.

Jun 21, 2013

I loved this recipe. It is so flexible we add the seafood we love and a fresh bun and this is supper with my husband and I fighting for leftovers the next day. Thank you so much for posting Mom love it!


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  • Calories
  • 525 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 202 mg
  • 67%
  • Fat
  • 37.8 g
  • 58%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 28.2 g
  • 56%
  • Sodium
  • 344 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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