Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Jamaican Shrimp and Crab Chowder: National Homemade Soup Day

Today is National Homemade Soup Day. I'm not sure who decided that, or when, but there's one thing I do know, February is the right time for it.

I've been freezing my butt off, dealing with snow and sleet and even rain, it's been quite a winter. I had planned to go south to my mom's, meet up with my younger son there, but his plans got changed and, I have to admit, I dropped the ball. As an alternative, hibernation has been my go-to strategy. Well, that and soup.

I've been making a lot of soups and stews and chowders. They're great for warming you up from the inside out. Although I have the option of not leaving the house on a particularly cold day, Hubs works. He's been happy to come home to a hot bowl of soup and a warm crusty roll.

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As I initially started to write today's post I didn't know it was National Homemade Soup Day. I wasn't really sure what I was going to write about. The internet being my first choice as a place to go to procrastinate, I started googling. It's kinda like free association over there in google land, one thing inexplicably leads you to another and the next thing you know, you learn it's a day for commemorating soup.

I could do that. And I bet I could talk my friend Dawn into doing that too (I did, see the link to her soup post below).

Actually, it's a good thing I found out about soup day, because it reminded me that I had a recipe for one I wanted to post. I'd recently posted a recipe for my Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Blend, and mentioned that it's really versatile. I mentioned using it as a dry rub, mixing it with vegetable oil as a marinade incorporating it into soups, like my Jamaican Shrimp and Crab Chowder. People starting asking me for the recipe.

Well, it's 2 weeks later and I'm finally sharing the recipe. I'm not worried about it taking so long though, I'm guessing Mother Nature's still got a whole lot of cold air left in her . . . and she's not shy about sharing.

Jamaican Shrimp and Crab Chowder comes together in about ½ hour for a satisfying meal with big flavor and a bit of a kick. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #dinner #soup

Jamaican Shrimp and Crab Chowder
Jamaican Shrimp and Crab Chowder comes together in about ½ hour for a satisfying meal with big flavor and a bit of a kick. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #dinner #soup

As always, any time you make one of my recipes, feel free to post a picture of it to my Baking In A Tornado Facebook Page. I'd love to see it!

Before you go, be sure to visit Dawn's National Homemade Soup Day post. She's sharing her recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup.

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Jamaican Shrimp and Crab Chowder        

1 2/3 cups brown rice
1 TBSP butter
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 can (13 oz) coconut milk
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
2 cups unflavored Greek yogurt
3 TBSP Jamaican Jerk seasoning (my recipe HERE
1 can (15 oz) corn niblets, drained 
1 cup cooked broccoli florets
2 cans (6 oz) baby shrimp, drained
1 can (6 oz) crab meat, drained
1 can (4.5 oz) diced chilis
1 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese
2 TBSP lime juice

*Cook the rice, set aside and keep warm.
*Melt the butter in a large pot on medium heat. Add the onion, cook and stir until the onion is soft. 
*Add the coconut milk, evaporated milk, yogurt, Jamaican Jerk seasoning, corn niblets, broccoli florets, shrimp, crab, chilis, cheese to the pot. Cook, stirring frequently to be sure the cheese doesn't stick to the bottom, until hot (don't boil), about 15 minutes.
*Mix in the lime juice and cook one more minute.
*To serve, place 1/3 cup rice into each bowl and ladle the chowder over the rice.


  1. I just relocated to FL from WA state so I hear ya about the cold and how nice soups stews can be.

    1. That's quite a weather change for you. Bet you're trying out lots of new soups. Hope this is one of them.

  2. National Homemade Soup day! I’m putting this one right up there with chocolate day. And Spend-the-Day-in-your-Pajama’s day. (I don’t know if that one exists, but if not, it should.) And this looks absolutely delicious! Hmmm... we now have a stove that works. And lots of fresh shrimp and crab at the markets. I think I will give this a try!

    1. I'm so jealous of all the really fresh seafood you're able to get while on the island. Enjoy!

  3. I love soup, nothing better on a cold day or even just a slightly cool day. Your recipe has me yearning and drooling. I hope I get my cast off before warm weather, I believe I would like to try this one.

  4. I think hubby would like this, I can't eat a lot of spicy foods. Is this "hot"? and my hot I mean...more than Texas Pete or Tobasco hot? Is it jalapeno hot? I can do. Is it habanero hot? No can do.
    I saved it to Pinterest either way. :) and thanks for including me in today's post.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

    1. No, I wouldn't call it hot, it just has a little kick from the spices, but that evens out the sweet from the coconut milk. You can choose what diced chilis you add, I add spicy ones but you can add mild.

  5. Thanks for the heads up about National Homemade Soup day! I don't eat shrimp, so I won't be making your recipe, but my dinner WILL include soup!

  6. There is nothing like soup for a cold winter's day. One of my late aunts had writing a soup cookbook as a life's goal but it never happened. And, while I was at it, it appears my Pinterest account may have gone away, so no pinning - for now. Sigh.... Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

  7. Ah, soup of the evening, beautiful soup!


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