Easy Shrimp Chowder – All Day I Dream About Food

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This low carb Shrimp Chowder is hearty and satisfying. Full of tender shrimp and crisp bacon, it’s the perfect keto comfort food for a chilly evening. Ready in 30 minutes!

Close up shot of shrimp chowder in a rustic brown bowl.

Soup season is here! And I for one plan to make the most of it with plenty of yummy, comforting keto soup recipes.

We’ve had a relatively warm fall so far, but now the chill and rain are setting in again. And I find myself thumbing through my book, Keto Soups and Stews, in search tasty warm comfort food.

You can’t go wrong with a shrimp chowder recipe full of bacon, cream, and a little cajun seasoning. Oh and some diced turnip in place of potatoes. I use them in other recipes like Keto Beef Stew and Keto Seafood Chowder, and you honestly can’t tell that they aren’t potatoes!

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Why you will love this recipe

This shrimp chowder is a hit with almost everyone who tries it. Even my picky kids! It takes readily available ingredients and only 30 minutes to make, so it’s easy enough for a busy weeknight.

Even people who swear they detest turnip end up loving this recipe. Don’t believe me? Just read the reviews! Five stars almost across the board. Mind you, you can sub in other things like rutabaga, radish, or cauliflower instead.

And this creamy, rich soup has only 5.6g carbs per serving, so it’s a perfect meal for anyone following a keto or low carb diet.

Reader reviews

“This was easy and absolutely delicious. The whole family agrees that this is a keeper. We ended up adding Tabasco to our bowls to spice the soup up according to individual tastes, and the flavor combination was great.” — Alina

“Oh. My. This was AMAZING and taste like a chowder that you would order at a restaurant!! I’m excited to use the base for clams and fish as well! Thanks!!” — Amanda

“Oh my gosh, this is wonderful! Had it tonight with biscuits and it was a hit! Even the hubs said he never would have known the turnip wasn’t potato! Thank you for your wonderful work for all of us!!!” — Patti A.

Ingredients you need

Top down image of ingredients needed for Shrimp Chowder.
  • Bacon: You can also use pancetta or even diced ham.
  • Turnip: Turnips are a wonderful low carb substitute for potatoes in soups and stews. But you can also use chopped cauliflower, rutabaga or daikon radish.
  • Heavy whipping cream: You can also use coconut cream, but it will add a slight coconut flavor to the soup.
  • Shrimp:  You can buy already peeled and deveined shrimp or do it yourself. Keep the tails on or off, depending on your preference. Any size shrimp works in this recipe. Just remember that small shrimp cook faster than large.
  • Cajun seasoning: Some Cajun seasoning has a lot of added salt. Be sure to taste your soup after adding the seasoning, before you add any additional salt and pepper. We really like Slap Ya Mama seasoning blend.
  • Fresh parsley: I like to garnish with a little bit of parsley. You can also use green onions.
  • Kitchen staples: Chicken broth, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper

Step-by-step directions

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  1. In a large pot cook the bacon until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, reserving the bacon fat in the pan.
  2. Add the chopped turnips and onion to the pan and sauté until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, another minute or so.
  3. Pour in the chicken broth and simmer until the turnip is tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cream and the shrimp and simmer until the shrimp is pink and cooked through, another 3 minutes or so. Add the Cajun seasoning and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Garnish with the bacon and chopped parsley upon serving.
Shrimp chowder in a white enameled pot.

Expert tips

Shrimp cooks quickly and can turn rubbery when over cooked. That’s why you add it at the very end, when the turnip is tender. When the shrimps turns pink, you are ready to serve.

Some people prefer the chowder to be a little thicker. If so, I recommend adding ½ to ¾ teaspoon glucomannan. You can remove a little of the broth at the end, whisk in the konjac root powder, and stir it back into the pot of chowder.

For my readers who prefer theirs with more of a kick, serve with some of your favorite hot sauce.

A bowl of shrimp chowder on a wooden table with a gray striped napkin and a spoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is shrimp good for keto?

Shrimp is an excellent choice for low carb or keto diets. It is full of protein and has 0.2g carbs per serving. It’s also remarkably easy to cook, making it perfect for healthy meals.

How many carbs are in shrimp chowder?

Classic shrimp chowder has a lot of carbs from the addition of flour and potatoes. However, this lightened up chowder recipe has only 5.6g of carbs and 0.6g of fiber per serving. That comes to 5g net carbs per ¾ cup servig.

How do I store leftover shrimp chowder?

Leftover chowder can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I do not recommend freezing this soup as cream based soups split and don’t reheat well.

Two bowls of shrimp chowder on a wooden table.

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Easy Shrimp Chowder Recipe

This low carb Shrimp Chowder is hearty and satisfying. Full of tender shrimp and crisp bacon, it’s the perfect keto comfort food for a chilly evening. Ready in 30 minutes!

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Course: Soup

Cuisine: American

Keyword: shrimp chowder

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6 servings

Calories: 391kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 medium turnip cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined, tails on or off
  • ½ teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, reserving the bacon fat in the pan.

  • Add the turnip and onion to the pan and saute until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, another minute or so. Pour in the chicken broth and simmer until the turnip is tender, about 10 minutes.

  • Stir in the cream and the shrimp and simmer until the shrimp is pink and cooked through, another 3 minutes or so. Add the Cajun seasoning and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • Garnish with the bacon and chopped parsley upon serving.

Notes

Some Cajun seasonings have a lot of added salt. Be sure to taste your soup after adding the seasoning, before you add any additional salt and pepper. 
If you prefer a thicker broth, whisk ½ teaspoon to ¾ teaspoon glucomannan into the broth at the end of cooking. 
Storage Information: Store any leftovers in a covered container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I do not recommend freezing this soup. 

Nutrition Facts

Easy Shrimp Chowder Recipe

Amount Per Serving (1 serving = about ¾ cup)

Calories 391
Calories from Fat 287

% Daily Value*

Fat 31.9g49%

Carbohydrates 5.6g2%

Fiber 0.6g2%

Protein 16.5g33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.