Irish Scallop Chowder

Irish Scallop Chowder Recipe

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A hearty chowder, good served with hot soda bread. Be careful not to overcook the scallops, as they can turn rubbery. Sea scallops are large. If all you can find is the smaller bay scallops, do not quarter them, but leave whole.


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30 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


  • 3 1/2 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 9 oz
    sea scallpos, quartered
  • 4 slice
    streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 large
    yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalk(s)
    celery, diced
  • 2
    carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 medium
    russet potatoes, peeled and diced (1 pound)
  • 2 sprig(s)
    fresh thyme
  • 3 Tbsp
    italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 c
    chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 c
    whole milk
  • 9 oz
    mixed seafood, cooked (see note)
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh lemon juice
  • ·
    salt and pepper, to taste

How to Make Irish Scallop Chowder


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add scallops and cook, in batches, for 5 minutes, until just opaque. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Add the bacon to the pan and cook 3-4 minutes, until it starts to brown.
  3. Add the onion, celery, carrots and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper, cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables start to soften.
  4. Add thyme and 2 tablespoons of the parsley to the vegetables. Pour in broth and cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
  5. Remove thyme sprigs; discard. Lightly crush some of the vegetables with the back of a wooden spoon. This will help thicken the liquid. Pour in the scalded milk.
  6. NOTE: For the mixed seafood, use shrimp, mussels, calamari rings, etc.
    Add the scallops and mixed cooked seafood to the pan. Cook until heated through but do not let mixture boil.
  7. Check seasonings, and add lemon juice.
    Ladle into warm bowls and sprinkle with remaining parsley.

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About Irish Scallop Chowder

Course/Dish: Chowders
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Irish

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