Seafood 101

Gumbo & Chowder: Add ingredients – Set – & Go!

Lots of ingredients, but few preparation steps and a crock pot, make these recipes your go-tos for hearty, seafood soups this fall! So grab your warm crusty bread or crackers, and meet us at the table with a spoon!

Crockpot Seafood Chowder
by Steven Capodicasa©
Serves 4-6

1 can evaporated milk
1 cup heavy cream
24 oz. seafood stock, low sodium
1 stick butter
1 cup white wine
1 cup water
2 cups chopped clams
½ lb. peeled and deveined 21/26 shrimp, cut in half
1 lb. diced salmon with no skin
1 cob of fresh corn, peeled and slice off niblets and reserve cob
3-4 large redskin potatoes, diced small
2 carrots, peeled and diced small
2 celery stalk, diced small
1 large Spanish onion, peeled and diced small
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1-2 Tbls. corn starch
1-2 Tbls. water


  1. Add evaporated milk, seafood stock, white wine and water and corn cob to the crockpot and stir.
  2. Add corn, potatoes, carrots, celery, onion and garlic.
  3. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until potatoes are tender.
  4. The last 30 minutes, combine corn starch and water (to form a slurry), add to crock pot and stir.
  5. Add in all the seafood, heavy cream and butter stirring to incorporate and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes. Remove corn cob and discard.
  6. Taste and adjust flavor with salt and pepper if needed. Serve with crusty sour dough bread.

Crock Pot Gumbo Recipe with Sausage, Chicken and Shrimp
by Steven Capodicasa©
Serves 4-6

1 lb. boneless and skinless chicken breast (cut into bite size pieces)
1 lb. Kielbasa, cut into bite size pieces
1 lb. 21/26 shrimp, raw and shells removed
1 Spanish onion, peeled and diced small
1 green pepper, seeds and ribs removed, diced small
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed, minced
3 ribs celery, diced small
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 Tbls. Cajun spice
1 tsp. fresh Thyme
1 tsp. fresh Oregano
2 cups cooked rice


  1. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker, except for the shrimp and the rice.
  2. Cook on low for 6 – 7 hours, stirring occasionally
  3. In last hour of cooking, add shrimp to the crock pot
  4. In the last half hour of cooking, add the rice and stir.
  5. Serve with crusty bread, and enjoy.

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