Crawfish Chowder

Crawfish Chowda’

My family is from Boston – I mean, Bahhwstahn. So I am obliged to call this chowda’ (pronounced chow-dahhhh). Anything else would be sacrilege. Oh, and I should mention it’s wicked good (pronounced goowd).

I’ve had this in my family cookbook for over 10 years and it’s an excellent recipe, but written up really strange.

What I mean by strange is the cayenne it calls for was originally written as .0165 of a cup. There are still a few remnants of weirdness on here like that which I’ll clean up later – but I think I’ve mostly converted it so that it’s follow-able (is that a word?)

One of the perks of me having many, many roommates in my younger days is that one of them was a chef. 

I got this recipe from him, although I don’t know if he got it from someone else or a restaurant.

All I know is that it’s amazing.

Don’t forget to get some good, crusty bread to go with it.

If you have a hard time sourcing the crawfish, shrimp or clams could probably be subbed out. I’ve always made this with the crawfish though.


Crawfish Chowder

Crawfish Chowder

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

From: Our Family Recipes


  • 1 lb crawfish
  • 1 lb carrots
  • 8 oz celery
  • 10 oz frozen corn
  • 6 oz sherry (cooking)
  • 3/4 quart heavy cream
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1.5 teaspoon lemon
  • 5 tbsp salt
  • 2 oz unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 lb yellow onion
  • 2 oz garlic
  • 1/3 gallon seafood stock
  • 24 fl oz whole milk
  • 1/2 oz thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Saute butter & vegetables
  2. Add sherry & milk and bring to a simmer but don't boil
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes
  4. Add seasonings and lemon juice
  5. Before serving take off heat and add crawfish
  6. Chill in ice or cold water so that it does not over cook and separate
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 473Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 176mgSodium 3379mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 3gSugar 11gProtein 26g

This nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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