Dear Kathy: Corn and shrimp are a great pairing and make for a great harmony in this simple but richly flavored Cajun spiced soup.
Cajun shrimp and corn chowder
Total time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6
Note: Adapted from Humphrey's Restaurant in San Diego. Cajun and Creole spice blends can be found in the prepackaged spice sections of most supermarkets.
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 large onion, diced
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon Cajun or Creole spice or seasoning, divided, more to taste
2 (12-ounce) boxes frozen corn
2 cups chicken stock, more as needed
1 cup bay shrimp
1 cup heavy cream, more to taste
Chopped parsley, garnish
1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 1/2 tablespoons butter. Add the onions and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Stir in 1 tablespoon Cajun spice, corn and chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Cook until the corn is cooked through, about 20 minutes.
3. While the soup is cooking, sauté the shrimp. Season the shrimp with the remaining Cajun spice. Heat a large sauté pan over high heat, melt the remaining butter and quickly sauté the shrimp until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and move the shrimp to a bowl. Set aside in a warm place.
4. Stir the heavy cream into the soup and heat to a gentle simmer. Cook an additional 10 to 15 minutes to thicken the soup slightly.
5. Remove from heat and purée the soup until smooth. Adjust the seasoning as needed and stir in additional cream if desired. Stir in the cooked shrimp.
6. Serve the soup garnished with a sprinkling of chopped parsley.
Each of 6 servings: 323 calories; 10 grams protein; 33 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 19 grams fat; 11 grams saturated fat; 87 mg. cholesterol; 7 grams sugar; 476 mg. sodium.