Mom’s crockpot clam chowder with canned shrimp

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Seafood chowder can be expensive especially if you buy the fish fresh. My mom’s cheap and easy crockpot clam chowder with canned shrimp, potatoes and frozen potatoes is a definite crowd pleaser. My mom whipped this chowder up in 10 minutes and it cooked for the afternoon last week during a snowstorm. It was absolutely delicious and I love the fact that the Half-and-Half cuts down on the calories vs. heavy cream.

Crockpot Clam Chowder

Seafood chowder in white bowl, white plate and red striped napkin with oyster crackers

This recipe is from a Rival Crock Pot cookbook my mom has had for years.

We didn’t have oysters as the recipe called for so we used chopped clams.

White seafood chowder in white bowl, white plate and red striped napkin with oyster crackers

Easy Crockpot clam chowder with canned shrimp

My mom also found a few crockpot clam chowder recipes on the Allrecipes website that called for celery, carrots or corn but she decided to leave out the vegetables as my son is picky.

White seafood chowder in white bowl, white plate and red striped napkin with oyster crackers

Clam Chowder with canned or frozen potatoes

This crockpot clam chowder recipe calls for canned potatoes and fish but you can definitely use fresh fish and regular potatoes. If you have minimal time or are on a budget, this recipe is for you!

Easy Crockpot Clam Chowder with canned shrimp

Easy crockpot clam chowder recipe with canned shrimp. My mom made this last weekend on a cold stormy night and it was amazing! You can use fresh clams and shrimp but we only had canned so that is what we used. Only 10 minute prep time!
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White seafood chowder in white bowl, white plate and red striped napkin with oyster crackers

Supply List

  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • 2 cans 14 1/2 ounces whole white potatoes, drained and cubed (or 3 regular potatoes)
  • 2 cans 10 3/4 ounces condensed cream of mushroom soup (undiluted)
  • 1 bag frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 7 cans about 6 ounce each minced clams
  • 2 cans about 4 ounce each cocktail shrimp, drained and rinsed

Instructions : Step by Step

  • Combine half and half, canned potatoes, soup, frozen potatoes onion, butter, salt and pepper in Crockpot slow cooker. Mix ingredients. Cove and cook on low or 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 hours.
  • Add clams and shrimp, stirring gently, cover and cook additional 30 minutes on low or until done.


The frozen hash brown potatoes add an extra layer of smaller potatoes. Feel free to use regular potatoes vs canned as well.
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Jessica Bruno

If you are looking for other chowder ideas, you may also like our (click link to view) crockpot seafood chowder recipe.

Our seafood chowder recipe {crockpot} below uses evaporated milk and chicken broth and is also easy to make.

seafood chowder with potatoes, corn, shrimp in Spode china bowl, plate, gold tray

Chowder with Corn

My gram’s delicious clam chowder with corn (click link to view recipe) is also a family favorite.  As you can see below, this chowder is a bit thicker and also uses evaporated milk. You also thicken the chowder with corn starch as well.

Delicious New England Clam Chowder with corn in red bowl with handle, white napkin, flowers

New England Clam Chowder Tip

Mom's Crockpot Clam Chowder with canned shrimp, white bowl, striped red napkin, oyster crackers

Don’t like shrimp? Simply add more fresh or canned clams.

Have you ever wondered how to make thick New England clam chowder on a budget? Well heavy cream is the trick but it comes with a lot of extra calories. You could definitely use this recipe and substitute the half-and-half for heavy cream. Purchasing canned clams is trick to a budget friendly clam chowder.

Adding shrimp to clam chowder is a delicious addition to the chowder. I personally love any type of chowder loaded fish and I usually make a huge pot of seafood chowder for our Christmas Eve festivities. My Christmas Eve chowder is one of my favorite dishes during the Holidays and serves a large crowd.

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