Corn-and-Shrimp Chowder with Bacon

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

Fresh corn and bacon give this shrimp chowder a sweet-and-smoky flavor. Use the edge of a spoon to scrape every last bit of pulp from the cob -- it adds flavor and helps to lightly thicken the chowder.


  • 6 ears corn, husks and silks removed

  • 4 slices bacon, cut into ½-inch strips

  • 8 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced

  • 2 medium baking potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups whole milk

  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves

  • 1 pound large peeled and deveined shrimp

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • Crackers, for serving (optional)


  1. Cut off tip of each cob. Stand corn in a wide shallow bowl; using a sharp knife, slice downward to release kernels. Scrape length of each cob with a spoon to release pulp. Discard cobs.

  2. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium-high until crisp and browned, 4 to 6 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels.

  3. Add scallion whites and potatoes to pan; cook, stirring, until scallions have softened, 1 to 3 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add milk, seafood seasoning, thyme, and 2 cups water.

  4. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Add corn, shrimp, and scallion greens. Cook until shrimp are just opaque, 2 to 3 minutes. Season chowder with salt and pepper. Serve topped with bacon, with crackers alongside if desired.

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