For those of you trying to gain weight…

Summer is here. The lines for the cardio machines at the gym are so long, you would think they were waiting to get on the Matterhorn or Space Mountain rather than the stair-climber. Bikini weather is soon upon us and so many people are frantically exercising and eating salads squirted with lemon instead of dressing for their every meal. If however, you feel your pants are too loose, than I have just the thing(actually probably everything on my blog could do the trick).
Fresh corn is every where right now and so to mix it up from my usual way of making it(just sauted in butter with salt and a pinch of cream) I decided that corn chowder sounded good. I have made this several times. It is best with lobster of course, but I was cheap this time around and used shrimp. I use lobster stock, which if you don’t have or your store does not carry it, use fish stock or even vegetable stock in it’s place. The more people you have this to share with the better. I on the other hand had no one(since my husband doesn’t like soups of any kind) and so I was forced to eat half of the pot in one day. I wont have to worry about my pants being loose anytime soon.

Oh, and I have never made this low fat so I have no idea how that would turn out. I wouldn’t suggest it, but then again I rarely suggest anyting be fat free.

Grilled Corn and Shrimp Chowder

¼ cup diced celery
¼ cup diced onion
¼ cup diced carrot
1 garlic clove, chopped
¼ cup of butter plus one TBSP
2 cups russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
½ tsp coriander
a dash of white pepper
sea salt to taste
4 cups of lobster stock(or fish stock if you don’t have lobster stock)
1 TBSP chicken flavor base
2 ½ cups heavy cream
¾ pound of shrimp, raw, peeled and deveined 
1 ¾ cup grilled fresh corn, cut off of the cob after grilling

1.In a large stock pot, cook celery, carrot, onion and garlic in 1 TBSP of butter. Saute for about 5 minutes, until tender.
2.Add potatoes, coriander, white pepper and lobster stock. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 30 minutes, while the stock reduces.
3.Add chicken base, cream and ¼ cup butter(bad I know but really good). Simmer another 20 minutes.
4.Check soup to see if it needs salt, it might not.
5.Stir in the shrimp and the corn. Wait for shrimp to turn pink and curl up, about 2 minutes.
6.Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with parsley or maybe crumbled bacon(mmm) if desired.



  1. I love chowder, so I will definitely be trying this. But, no – I don’t need help to gain weight – yesterday I made a cake with 4 sticks of butter – yeah, the pants are feeling tight enough, thanks!

  2. You could use lower fat cream instead of heavy cream, cut the butter by spraying the frying pan with one of those non-stick thingies…and chose lower-fat shrimps and anything else you use [if those exist]:p

  3. Oh, yes, I could gain some weight.
    Ooops, wait I think I already did that last month.
    Still, I do love corn chowder …

  4. I don’t need to gain anymore weights! My jeans are already on the verge of bursting. But I love chowder, corn, shrimps and cream….

  5. You are so funny!

    So funny!

    I’ll have to try this with the lobster. It looks delicious!

  6. Natalie says:

    What timing! My boyfriend and I were just talking about finding a good recipe for corn chowder, and he could stand to gain a little weight ;) (his summer goal is to gain 10 pounds – mine is to lose 10 pounds!). But I have to ask, what is chicken flavored base?

  7. While I don’t need to gain any weight, I’d have helped you eat it. The boys here wouldn’t have eaten it either, so between us, we’d have finished it off!

  8. this looks absolutely delicious! my husband loves shrimp and loves corn chowder…this could be his perfect meal.

  9. Omigod that looks good! That shrimp looks perfect.

    I’m on the opposite end of the loose-pants problem, ahem, but maybe one day I’ll make this! (However, it’s way too early for corn around these parts. That gives me a couple of months to consider this recipe!)

    And hubby’s allergic to shellfish, so I guess it would have to be MINE ALL MINE.

  10. No problem with loose pants here, but I’ll still make this soup. Grilling the corn is a great idea.

  11. I just managed to gain several pounds on a (short) trip to Austin, Texas. I see no reason to stop now, right? I LOVE corn chowder, and the addition of shrimp looks amazing.

  12. That looks SO good. The shrimp looks perfectly tender. I wouldn’t mind eating that all day. Yum. :D

  13. Nobody ever got fat eating soup (or chowda). Looks like it could be yummy, maybe I should try some.

  14. Looks amazing, Gracie! I’d kill for a bowl of this ohh say around noonish today, please. To hell with the salad. How could anyone pass that up?


  15. Diet, smiet, forget that. This chowder looks amazing. I have never had corn chowder with shrimp in it. Bring on the butter and the cream (I will just run to wear it off).

  16. Verrrrrry funny! Oh, if only that was my problem. I’m not going to let Scott see this recipe or he’ll want to make it immediately. Lobster, corn and shrimp? Oh My.

  17. Here for this lucious chowder and then Lisa’s for salad…and back here for pie!Definitely skip the gym! I would not dare make this lower in fat…cream, butter…yum

  18. That sounds wicked, but so good :)

  19. Well, I need no extra weight,but I do need to try this recipe. I just finished off the extra diplomate cream, so what’s a little more weight gain~

  20. Corn chowder is so yummy. this would be great with some cornbread.

  21. ahah, I am one of these lucky ones who continue to eat the same, no matter what! I love the look of your chowder

  22. Peabody,I loved your chowder. I am a very big fan of chowders to start with.; o ) I had missed coming here.Alwayss lovely recipes!! And posts!

  23. Wait…where’s the sugar???

  24. I could easily gain weight, but I don’t need to. However, this may be worth the extra pound or 3.

  25. mmm…i love corn chowder and my fiance loves shrimp. And though we aren’t trying very hard, we want to lose weight so maybe we should put this delectible recipe off for a while.

  26. this looks so yummy, I don’t mind keeping the entire pot to myself!

  27. Bad, bad you! Making something this rich when swimsuit weather is upon us!

    That looks scrumptious. The photos are amazing. I want a bowl right now, and I’m not even a big fan of corn (but shrimp and lobster are another story).

  28. This looks soo good! I love corn and seafood of every kind – and I like soups and chowders.


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