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Chilean Shrimp Chowder Recipe
Chilean Shrimp Chowder Recipe

Chupe de Camarones is undoubtedly a popular recipe in many countries, but a special feature of the Chilean version is the use of soaked bread (either ‘molde’ or ‘marraqueta’), which provides an additional creaminess and texture that makes it unmistakable.

How to Make Shrimp Chowder?

When preparing shrimp chowder, we generally use frozen, shell-off shrimp, so be sure to transfer them to the refrigerator at least 12 hours in advance to achieve better results.

Nutritional Information

Category: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 350
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Chilean Shrimp Chowder recipe


  • 500 g of shrimp
  • 250 ml of milk
  • 200 g of cream
  • 100 ml of white wine
  • 4 slices of crustless bread
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ green bell pepper, diced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Grated creamy cheese
  • Merkén (Chile spice blend)
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. In a large bowl, combine the bread with the milk and add half of the cream. Let it soak until completely moistened. Set aside.
  2. In a large pan, add a good splash of olive oil and heat over high flame. Add the onion, garlic, and bell peppers, then reduce the heat and sauté, stirring with a wooden spoon until the onion is translucent.
  3. Incorporate the shrimp, season with salt and pepper to taste, and optionally add 1 or 2 teaspoons of Merkén. Sauté for about 3 minutes to integrate the aromas and flavors, then add the lemon juice, white wine, cream, and 3 tablespoons of grated cheese. Add the soaked bread and mix everything gently with folding movements until evenly distributed, check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  4. Spread the mixture in an oiled oven dish or individual dishes, sprinkle grated cheese on top to taste, and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (356°F) for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is gratinated.
  5. Serve the shrimp chowder immediately, piping hot, optionally garnished with whole shrimp and freshly chopped cilantro.

Benefits of eating shrimp

Shrimp is an excellent source of lean, high-quality protein, which is essential for growth, tissue repair, and muscle function.

They are also a source of omega-3 fatty acids, known for their positive effects on cardiovascular and brain health.

Did you know?

The term “chupe” comes from the Quechua word “chupi,” used to define a soup or stew with a wide variety of ingredients, always with a slightly spicy touch.


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