Best Shrimp Chowder Recipe

If you enjoy crab chowder and oyster stew, you will want to make the simple shrimp chowder recipe. This chowder features fresh shrimp and potatoes,  combined with swiss and cheddar cheese to create a creamy delight your palate will love.

I suggest serving cast iron skillet cornbread with this chowder!

Can I use canned shrimp for this chowder recipe?

Absolutely. While I prefer fresh or frozen shrimp for this chowder recipe, canned shrimp will work just the same.

easy to make shrimp chowder recipe with potatoes, shrimp, bacon and cheese

Can I freeze shrimp chowder?

Yes. Simply allow the chowder to cool, and place it in a freezer-safe container. This will last for up to 3 months.

Main Ingredients Needed

fresh shrimp
Potatoes, cubed
country bacon
Country Bacon

Do I need to add bacon to this chowder recipe?

No. This shrimp chowder recipe will taste just fine without the addition of bacon slices. I love the smoky taste that a couple of bacon strips add to the chowder, which is why I always look for a way to include it in my recipes.

a bowl featuring my quick shrimp chowder recipe. This tasty chowder can be made in as little as 30 minutes.

Quick Shrimp Chowder Recipe

Serving Size:
1 cup
30 minutes


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 medium Russet potatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 3/4 pounds of fresh or frozen shrimp, large
  • 2 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add butter and let it melt. Add onions and bacon, and saute for 10 minutes.
  2. Add in cubed potatoes, celery, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and boiling water. Cook for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add in shrimp (shelled and deveined) and milk. Cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Add in Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, and fresh parsley. Stir for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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