When the days get shorter and the temperatures start dropping, there’s nothing like a home-cooked soup or stew to fill your belly and warm your heart. But you have a deadline at work, errands to run, and the kids have soccer practice. We understand that between work and family, it’s hard to imagine finding the time to prepare delicious homemade soups.
Don’t fret. For the time-pressed cook, we’ve compiled our favorite fall soup recipes - starring seafood, of course - that are filling, nutritious, delicious, and easy to make. These seafood soups and stews can help satisfy the hungriest tummies with the busiest schedules.
Sure, you could pick up a can of New England clam chowder or the supermarket hot bar’s lobster bisque, but there’s no substitute for the taste, quality, and healthfulness of homemade soups and stews.
And before you object that you don’t know your way around the kitchen, let us assure you that even the most novice home cooks can prepare a soup from scratch with the right tools, recipes, and ingredients!
If we haven’t convinced you that making home-cooked soups is worth your time and effort, remember that soups and stews make delicious leftovers. Just reheat and eat!
Yes, seafood in soup recipes! Sometimes people complain of mealy, rubbery, or chewy seafood like shrimp or clams. Sadly, that can be true if poor quality or past-its-prime seafood is utilized OR if it’s overcooked.
Many seafoods cook quickly, so special attention must be paid to ensure that it remains tender, moist, and flavorful. Fortunately, seafood cooks beautifully in soup recipes because of all that cooking liquid! Fish fillets, shrimp, clams, and other seafoods are submerged in broth or cream, so unlike other dry cooking methods (think baking or grilling), the seafood isn’t leaking moisture into a dry atmosphere.
Now we’re not saying that you can disregard the temperature or the timer, but in general, soups and stews can be pretty forgiving!
While popping open a can of soup is very easy, the recipes that we’ve compiled are a little more time-consuming but won’t cut into your evening Netflix binge. The time you spend in the kitchen will be well worth your efforts! These seafood soups and stews will provide warmth, sustenance, and flavor on crisp fall nights - we promise.
New England Clam Chowder RecipeYou may think that clam chowder is difficult to make at home and that you’re better offer waiting for your next trip to Cape Cod or Maine… but keep reading. This clam chowder recipe is easier to prepare than you may think - and it’s creamy, flavorful, and packed with our sweetest littleneck clams.
Zuppa de Pesce Recipe by Chef Massimo GaffoZuppa de Pesce is a Tuscan seafood soup that combines assorted fish and shellfish in a savory tomato broth. This recipe from our friend Chef Massimo Gaffo may not look like the easiest of seafood soup recipes, but you can make it as simple or as challenging as you’d like because there’s flexibility in the ingredients list. Choose any combination of mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops, calamari - the world is your OYSTER!
Crab and Corn Chowder RecipeIt doesn’t get any easier than this recipe for crab and corn chowder. A perfect weeknight meal, this simple, creamy soup recipe combines the ease of our picked jumbo lump crabmeat with the convenience of frozen corn. While the recipe calls for milk blended with some of the corn to create a thick chowder-y texture, don’t shy away from including half and half or heavy cream if you want even more thickness.
Monkfish Stew with Saffron Broth RecipeIf you’re new to monkfish , its flavor and texture may remind you of fresh lobster. We don’t need to encourage you to read on, do we? This brothy stew captures the sweetness of monkfish and the pungence of saffron. Serve this soup alongside your favorite recipe for mashed potatoes (and a bottle of montrachet), and you’ll leave the table feeling satisfied and happy.
Shrimp Gumbo RecipeThis New Orleans-inspired favorite combines sweet shrimp with savory kielbasa into a family-friendly stew. And you can rest assured that this is a simple, quick recipe that will have you making homemade gumbo like a Louisiana native! Make sure you use fresh Gulf shrimp to make your gumbo as authentic as possible.
While these seafood soup and stew recipes can stand on their own, here are some of our go-to appetizers to accompany your savory creation. In particular:
- Green salad – A leafy green salad rounds out a meal of seafood soup by adding texture and crunch as well as fiber and antioxidants.
- Crusty artisan bread – Mop up the broth or creamy stock with a piece of crusty baguette or ciabatta.
- Crudités – We’re always fans of carrots, celery, radishes, green beans, english cucumbers, and halved mini peppers.
- More SEAFOOD – Seafood finger foods make great side dishes! Think shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half shell, clams casino, or a savory seafood dip.
Fall has returned, and we are excited to welcome back our favorite fall seafood soup and stew recipes. If you’re looking for the best quality ingredients, make sure to shop for your favorite fresh fish and seafood at FultonFishMarket.com.