The trick to making this healthy lobster chowder recipe have tons of rich flavor is to start with great fish stock. (The best is often in the freezer case at the supermarket.) Then cook the lobsters in the stock to intensify its flavor. There is no flour added in this healthy soup, so it's lighter than a typical creamy chowder--plus it's gluten-free.

Kathy Gunst
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2017


Recipe Summary

1 hr 10 mins


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  • Bring stock (or broth) and water to a boil in a large stockpot.

  • Very carefully remove the rubber bands from lobsters (pay attention; they will start trying to pinch). Place the lobsters claws-side down in the pot, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover, carefully flip the lobsters over, cover and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove the lobsters to a large bowl and let cool. (Reserve the stock.)

  • Working over a large bowl to catch the lobster juice, cut open the tails with kitchen shears. Insert a fork into a tail on an angle and pull out the meat. Crack open the claws with a lobster cracker or nutcracker and remove the meat from the claws and knuckles. (The meat will not be fully cooked.) Cut the meat into 1-inch pieces; set aside in the bowl. Remove the thin legs from the body, break in half and add to the stock.

  • Meanwhile, heat butter and oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft but not browned, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Increase heat to high and add the reserved stock (with the legs) and any reserved lobster juice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the potatoes are almost tender, 10 to 12 minutes more.

  • If using fresh corn, cut the ends so you can stand the cob flat on a work surface. Using a large, sharp knife and standing each cob on its end in a large shallow dish, cut the kernels from the cob. Then, using the blunt side of the knife, scrape down the cob to release the corn "milk." Repeat with the remaining ears of corn.

  • Stir the corn kernels and corn milk (or frozen corn), reserved lobster meat and its juice, cream (or half-and-half), 1/4 cup chives, pepper and salt into the pot. Cook over medium-low heat until steaming hot and gently simmering, 5 to 6 minutes. Serve topped with the remaining 1/4 cup chives.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 1 day; reheat slowly over low heat.

Nutrition Facts

424 calories; protein 17.8g 36% DV; carbohydrates 43.2g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 4.5g 18% DV; sugars 8.9g; fat 21.6g 33% DV; saturated fat 11.4g 57% DV; cholesterol 113.9mg 38% DV; vitamin a iu 1958.7IU 39% DV; vitamin c 22.1mg 37% DV; folate 90.7mcg 23% DV; calcium 126.7mg 13% DV; iron 2.2mg 12% DV; magnesium 98.8mg 35% DV; potassium 1005.2mg 28% DV; sodium 686.3mg 28% DV.

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OK don't judge me I made this without lobster. So I made corn chowder and I added a little zucchini instead and used vegetable broth. But the chowder looked so good I wanted to try a vegetarian version. I loved the creaminess and it was a great way to use my summer corn and potatoes. Read More