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Lobster Corn Chowder

This Lobster Corn Chowder is a decadent and delicious soup!  Have it on your table in about one and half hours!

So are you a chowder fan?  The kind with seafood in it?  Lobster perhaps?

Lobster Chowder {A Pretty Life}

I love seafood.  In any form, but especially chowders!  One of my most favourite food memories, is of eating an amazing seafood chowder in Nova Scotia when I was a teenager on vacation with my family.  I remember eating this creamy bowl of amazingness while staring off into the Atlantic Ocean.  Dreamy.

Since that time I haven’t really had chowder (none very good anyway).  I live smack dab in the middle of the prairies, so there’s not much seafood to be found around these parts.  (But we are famous for our beef!)  But as luck would have it, a package of frozen lobster meat ended up in my freezer recently.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  I mean lobster is like gold.  You can’t just use it in anything…these things have to be thought out properly.  It’s lobster.  Must treat it royally.

Lobster Chowder {A Pretty Life}

Then I saw it.  The perfect dish for this delectable meat.  The Barefoot Contessa’s Lobster Chowder.  Perfection.  This soup is creamy.  Hearty.  Rich.  And full of lobster goodness.  And don’t be fooled…this dish is NOT hard to make at all.  In fact, if you work efficiently, you could have it on your table in an hour…1 and 1/2 tops.


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Lobster Corn Chowder

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This Lobster Corn Chowder is a decadent and delicious soup!  Have it on your table in about one hour!



The Soup Base:

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup cream sherry
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup dry white wine

The Soup:

  • 1 lb of lobster meat (I used pre-cooked)
  • 3 cups of corn (fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ pound bacon (large-diced)
  • 2 cups medium Yukon gold potatoes (cut into large chunks (about 2 potatoes))
  • 2 cups onion (chopped (about onions ))
  • 3 celery stalks (diced)
  • 1/2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh chives (or finely chopped green onion)
  • ¼ cup cream sherry


  1. To make the soup base, melt the butter in a soup stock pot, then add the onions and cook until soft (but not browned).
  2. Then add the sherry and paprika. Mix well and cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Add the milk, cream and wine.
  4. Then simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes, making sure to stir often.
  5. While the soup base is simmering, in a separate pan cook the bacon until brown and crisp. Then remove the bacon from the pan, and set it aside.
  6. To the same pan that you cooked the bacon, add the potatoes, onions, celery, corn, salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  7. After this time, add the potato/corn mixture to the milk soup base in your stock pot.
  8. Add the lobster meat and sherry.
  9. Simmer for about 15 more minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
  10. Garnish with the chives (or green onion).
  11. Enjoy!


  1. You can add the chopped bacon as a garnish at serving time, or you can add it directly to the soup at the same time you add the potato/corn mix. We prefer to add it to the soup and let it simmer with the rest of the ingredients. We like the extra flavour it adds to the soup.

Keywords: lobster chowder

Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa


Make it a Meal!

Serve this soup with some crusty bread!  Garnish with some chives and it looks like a dish in a fancy restaurant!  Except that I forgot to do that for the photo…it really looks so much nicer with chives…sigh…oh well

Lobster Chowder {A Pretty Life}

Mmmmmmm  And remember, lobster isn’t just for fancy restaurants!  😉

More delicious chowder recipes:

Easy Fish Chowder

Easy Fish Chowder

Cheddar Corn Chowder

Cheddar Corn Chowder

Have a delicious day!

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    [email protected] of Laughter
    January 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Looks delicious Jo-Anna! I love chowders in winter….so good! Angie xo

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    January 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    I am drooling! I’ll be giving this a try!

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    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy
    January 17, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    YUM! Greattttt now I am going to be wishing for this soup all night and day!!! I am going to have to get cooking! Thank you SO much for sharing at the Inspiration Gallery! I am pinning to our group board!

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    nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma
    January 17, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    and it’s gluten-free. 🙂

    now if you, the amazing jo-anna, can perfect a crusty GF loaf, I will be forever grateful.

    I remember my first chowder. age 19. pacific coast highway. some fancy seafood restaurant with then boyfriend. yes. divine.

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl
    January 18, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    I’d like to eat this for breakfast. Kind of like eating oatmeal, don’t you think? It’s completely lovely.

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    January 18, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Hi. I just saw your comment in Lauren’s forum. So I thought I’d check your blog out and I actually really like it!

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    January 18, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I love chowder, but have never tried it with lobster. Gotta try this! I would love for you to come and link up at Taste and Tell Thursdays!!

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    January 19, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    I saw this link on Ruthie’s linky party and knew I had to try it. I looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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    January 19, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Thanks so much for linking up your delicious recipe at my link party today… YUM! I wanna eat it right now 🙂 I hope you’ll come back again next week. xoxo~ Ruthie

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    February 9, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Where did you get those GORGEOUS plates from? I’m drooling… Please share!

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    ANISSA Daniels
    July 21, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    How many cups or servings is this recipe

  • Reply
    June 30, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna,
    Have you ever used clam juice in place of some of the milk? Do you think it take away from the lobster taste? Also, since as you said “lobster is a treat”, have you ever tried using
    imitation lobster? I know it would never be as good as the real thing, but in a pinch when the craving hits???
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Jo-Anna Rooney
      July 4, 2019 at 7:16 PM

      Hi Diane! I’ve never used clam juice in this recipe, as I do think the flavour of it would overpower the taste of the soup. I’ve also never tried imitation lobster, but I do think it’s worth trying!

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