Cajun Shrimp & Corn Chowder

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Cajun Shrimp & Corn Chowder

 

We love curling up with a big, warming bowl of soup, and this Cajun-inspired chowder is just the ticket. The supremely flavorful dish features sautéed shrimp, corn, potato, and fragrant smoked paprika. Though it doesn’t contain any cream, it manages to be just as luscious and warming—exactly what you need on a chilly day.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 ounce  fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1/4 ounce parsley, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 russet potatoes, diced
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced
  • 2 stalks celeries, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun spice blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups corn
  • 16 ounces vegetable stock
  • canola oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

How To Make Cajun Shrimp & Corn Chowder

 Set aside 1 whole thyme sprig.

Stack bay leaf and remaining thyme sprigs in a bunch; tie reserved thyme around the bunch and secure with a knot to make bouquet garni.

Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel and season all over with half of the spice mix, 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper as desired.

Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.

When oil is shimmering, add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until opaque and just pink, 4-6 minutes total.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer shrimp to a plate and set aside. Wipe pot clean for the next step.

Place pot from shrimp over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons canola oil. When oil is shimmering, add bouquet garni, onion, and garlic.

Sauté, stirring, until onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes.

Add bell peppers, celery, and remaining spice mix and cook, stirring, until vegetables begin to soften, about 3 minutes more. Season with .5 teaspoon salt and black pepper as desired.

Increase the heat under the pot with aromatics to medium-high, and add potatoes. Cook, stirring, until softening, 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir to fully coat vegetables, 1-2 minutes more.

Add corn and vegetable stock to the pot, then add enough water to just cover potatoes (this ensures they’re fully submerged and can cook through evenly and completely). Stir to combine. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high and simmer until soup has reduced and potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife tip, 5-7 minutes.

Reduce heat under pot to medium. Return cooked shrimp to pot and stir to warm through, 3-4 minutes. Remove and discard bouquet garni, then taste and add salt and black pepper as desired.

Ladle Cajun shrimp and corn chowder into roomy serving bowls, garnish with parsley, and dig in!

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Additional Recipes Using Shrimp and Corn

Vegan Corn Chowder With Green Chile

Summer Avocado Corn Salad

cajun_shrimp_and_Corn_Chowder

Cajun Shrimp & Corn Chowder

We love curling up with a big, warming bowl of soup, and this Cajun-inspired chowder is just the ticket. The supremely flavorful dish features sautéed shrimp, corn, potato, and fragrant smoked paprika.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cajun Shrimp Corn Chowder
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories:
Author: Safeway/Plated

Ingredients

  • 1/4 ounce fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1/4 ounce parsley chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 russet potatoes diced
  • 2 red bell peppers diced
  • 2 stalks celeries diced
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/4 pounds shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun spice blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups corn
  • 16 ounces vegetable stock
  • canola oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper

Instructions

  • Set aside 1 whole thyme sprig.
  • Stack bay leaf and remaining thyme sprigs in a bunch; tie reserved thyme around the bunch and secure with a knot to make bouquet garni.
  • Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel and season all over with half of the spice mix, 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper as desired.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  • When oil is shimmering, add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until opaque and just pink, 4-6 minutes total.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer shrimp to a plate and set aside. Wipe pot clean for the next step.
  • Place pot from shrimp over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons canola oil. When oil is shimmering, add bouquet garni, onion, and garlic.
  • Sauté, stirring, until onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes.
  • Add bell peppers, celery, and remaining spice mix and cook, stirring, until vegetables begin to soften, about 3 minutes more. Season with .5 teaspoon salt and black pepper as desired.
  • Increase the heat under the pot with aromatics to medium-high, and add potatoes. Cook, stirring, until softening, 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir to fully coat vegetables, 1-2 minutes more.
  • Add corn and vegetable stock to the pot, then add enough water to just cover potatoes (this ensures they're fully submerged and can cook through evenly and completely). Stir to combine. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high and simmer until soup has reduced and potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife tip, 5-7 minutes.
  • Reduce heat under pot to medium. Return cooked shrimp to pot and stir to warm through, 3-4 minutes. Remove and discard bouquet garni, then taste and add salt and black pepper as desired.
  • Ladle Cajun shrimp and corn chowder into roomy serving bowls, garnish with parsley, and dig in!

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