Low Country Shrimp Chowder

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts separated) 

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced (white and green parts separated)

2 stalks celery, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

2 cups reduced-fat (2 percent) milk

1/2 cup long-grain white rice

1 1/4 cups corn kernels (from 2 ears corn)

1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon dry sherry (optional)


  1. Heat the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the scallion whites, celery and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Add the flour and Old Bay Seasoning and cook, stirring, until the flour is lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Add the milk, 6 cups water and the rice. Bring to a rapid simmer, then reduce the heat to medium and cook until the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Add the corn to the pot and cook 3 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and cook until they curl and turn opaque, about 3 more minutes. Season the chowder with salt and pepper and stir in the sherry. Ladle into bowls and top with the scallion greens.