One-Pot Creamy Potato Shrimp Chowder

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Looking for a hearty chowder recipe for those cold winter days? This One-pot Creamy Potato Shrimp Chowder is one of our family’s favorite meals. For more recipes like this one see my Soup page.

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This hearty potato and carrot filled chowder recipe is a family favorite around here! It is so yummy on a cold night, it totally warms your bones.

My son loves shrimp and this is his all time favorite meal. I don’t make it as much anymore since he went to college. When I do make it we literally fight over the leftover shrimp. It is that good!

You can add corn to it instead of shrimp if you’re not crazy about shellfish or add the corn along with the shrimp for added taste. I serve it with oven toasted crusty french bread, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles with dill sprinkled on top. Here is our version of the family favorite.

One-Pot Creamy Potato Shrimp Chowder

Shrimp Chowder

Shrimp Chowder

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Creamy potato and shrimp chowder topped with cheese, bacon, and dill Serve with warm crusty bread.


  • 1/2 stick of butter or margarine
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour, I use wheat flour
  • 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4+ cups low fat milk
  • 2 cup chicken bouillon cubes, dissolved in 1/2of the above milk (heat in microwave), I use bouillon granules.
  • 1+ cup half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound medium shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Bacon pieces, for garnish
  • Grated sharp Cheddar, for garnish
  • Dill, for garnish


  1. In a 4-quart saucepan, melt half of the butter and saute the onion and carrots until both are slightly tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the potatoes, 3-4 cups of milk.
  4. I just add the milk until it covers the potatoes, I don't really measure.
  5. Add the 2 cups of milk with dissolved bouillon cubes.
  6. Cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are very soft.
  7. Take a potato masher and mash some of the potatoes.
  8. This will make the thick chowder texture.
  9. While the potatoes are cooking, in a small saucepan, add the shrimp, garlic and rest of the butter.
  10. Watch the shrimp closely; as soon as they all turn pink, about 2 to 3 minutes, turn off the heat.
  11. Add the shrimp, butter and garlic mixture to the soup and stir well.
  12. Add the half-and-half, salt, and pepper.
  13. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  14. Serve soup sprinkled with bacon bits and grated cheddar cheese. Garnish with dill, if desired.


After adding all ingredients except shrimp to the soup, I let the soup sit for about an hour on low. Stir occasionally so the soup doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Add shrimp then serve immediately.

Letting it sit makes the soup more chowder-like, you can even turn the heat off and then back on to reheat after an hour. You can definitely eat it after simmering 5-10 minutes like the recipe above, the soup will just be thinner.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8
Amount Per Serving Calories 550

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  1. 1.28.18
    Erlene said:

    Yum! I’m a shrimp and corn chowder lover, so this is right up my alley. I just made a cheese soup last night and will have to put this on my dinner menu :-)

  2. 12.11.14
    Amberjane said:

    Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board. Sounds delicious Kim must try this out.

  3. 12.9.14
    Allie said:

    I was just thinking today, how nice it would be to have some homemade potato soup. Now I have an amazing recipe! Pinned!
    Thanks for sharing on Worthwhile Wednesdays!

  4. 12.8.14
    Heather said:

    Kim this look so wonderfully good and tasty! I am printing so I can buy the ingredients, and pinning too!