Chilled Southwestern Corn and Shrimp Chowder

Posted on by on June 17th, 2012 | 48 Comments »

It’s 7 am and I just drank 100 grams of glucose. For the next 3 hours I will be poked and prodded as I complete the glucose tolerance test. Not my idea of how I want to spend any morning. I am sitting in a small doctors office that they are allowing me to use as I wait for my next blood test. Exhausted, unable to eat and completely grossed out from the pure sugary drink I had to down, all I can do is whine to my husband who so graciously came to sit here with me. “I just want to go hooooooome” I say in my most whiny voice possible. He replies by drawing figures on his finger tips and putting on a puppet show above my computer screen. “I feel nauseousssssssss” is the next thing out of my mouth and is  replied to with; “I can get you a bed to lay down in for the next hour.” I ask if we can just pretend I have gestational diabetes and I’ll just eat healthy and we can go home and skip the rest of this test. Then I can crawl back into bed where I belong. That just gets a laugh.

The baby is literally bouncing off my stomach in a crazed sugar rush. The first she will experience but not remember. I feel her going back and forth as if she were an olympic swimmer, flipping and propelling herself off the pool wall for her next lap. Surely by the days’ end the obscene amount of glucose in my system will wear off and she will crash, as will I and I won’t feel the slightest of movements.

Only 35 minutes till the last blood test and I am free. It has taken 3 hours to write this with all the whining and complaining I have been doing. Hey, we all have our moments and this is one of mine. I’m pregnant, I get a break. It’s the hormones. My father always used to say when I was a crabby pubescent teen that he hopes he is out of the country when I’m pregnant. He must have been foreseeing moments like these and in the back of his mind and is happy I’m all the way in Israel. However, my poor husband who is just trying to keep me company so I’m not sitting here miserable and alone is on the receiving end of my crabby mood, just trying to study for the step 1 (USMLE). At this point he has put headphones on as to drown out my heavy overly dramatic sighs. Whatever. He still can’t escape the looks I am giving him whenever he glances up from his textbook. Sometimes I think he deserves an award for putting up with me. Or a big hug. Or some really yummy food.

My husband favors light meals and with the blazing heat of summer so do I. Both big soup lovers we put off eating it until the weather cools down, which here is only a few short months out of the year. Besides being way too hot to eat, cooking a pot of soup anywhere between the months of May through November is pretty much out of the question. Soup lover or not, I’m not standing over a hot stove in 105F weather.

Last year I made a A curried ginger and chili mango soup, which turned me on to cold soups. However, for some reason, it wasn’t until recently that I made another chilled summer soup. This soup is bursting with summer flavors like corn, coconut milk and shrimp and with a southwestern twist of chili powder, avocados and sour cream to thicken it, you can’t go wrong. No hot stove to slave over, easy to put together and with having to chill, this is a perfect make ahead soup for parties. Forgo the typical crusty bread you would eat with soup and pair this with warm flour tortillas for dipping. Tasty, elegant and perfect for summer.

Chilled Southwestern Corn and Shrimp Chowder
Recipe Type: Soup
Author: Beth Ebin
Prep time: 20 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 6
This soup is bursting with summer flavors like corn, coconut milk and shrimp and with a southwestern twist of chili powder, avocados and sour cream to thicken it, you can’t go wrong. No hot stove to slave over, easy to put together and with having to chill, this is a perfect make ahead soup
  • 6 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup sour cream, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 lb shrimp, cooked and cut into large chunks, leave 6 whole for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado, cut into chunks
  1. In a large bowl combine corn, coconut milk, sour cream and spices.
  2. Ina blender puree mixture, in batches, together until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Return blended soup to a mixing bowl and add chopped shrimp and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. To serve, ladle soup into 6 bowls and top with avocado chunks, whole shrimp, a small dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with chili powder.


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  1. Posted on: 6-17-2012

    That both looks and sounds so good!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-18-2012

      Thanks Yael. It is super delicious and perfect for these hot Israeli summer days.

  2. Posted on: 6-17-2012

    Well I hope you sailed through all of your tests. That does not sound like a fun day at all. However, at least you have some tasty soup to forget about all of that. The broth in this sounds like a tasty mix and the shrimp is perfect for it. Delicious post!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-18-2012

      Thanks Tina!! A day of blood tests is never fun! But, delicious food is always a good thing to take your mind off of anything!

  3. Posted on: 6-17-2012

    A beautifully healthy, well presented and obviously delicious soup my friend 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-18-2012

      Thank you so much! You cant beat something that is healthy and delicious, not to mention super easy to put together!

  4. Posted on: 6-17-2012

    All these tests during pregnancy bothers sometime but they are important and I believe everything went well.

    Just checked your other soup recipe and I am loving these cold soups. Have to try some shrimp as well.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-18-2012

      Yes, the tests are so important! They just drive me crazy sometimes!!
      This and the curried mango soup are the only cold soups I have made. I really need to start making more. I just love them in this hot weather.

  5. Posted on: 6-17-2012

    This does sound delicious and I love that you used cocount milk. I have come to find out how really versatile coconut milk can be. Love the phtotos. Hope you are feeling better that sounds like a dreadful day.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-18-2012

      Thanks Suzi! Coconut milk is the greatest!! It really is so versatile and gives recipes such a great flavor.

  6. Posted on: 6-18-2012

    I hated that test too, and I wasn’t pregnant! Glad it’s over for you both or all three of you.

    This soup looks wonderful and I’m going to save it for when it’s hot. It’s winter here and I’m in sweat pants and a long sleeved shirt AND shoes!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-18-2012

      Thanks Maureen! Oh how I wish I could wear sweats right now. It is too hot even for shorts. Thank goodness for air conditioners!!

  7. Posted on: 6-18-2012

    Soup looks amazing. Love your story. Hope all is well by now.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-18-2012

      Aw thanks Anne! I survived the test and so did my husband (barely lol)

  8. Posted on: 6-18-2012

    I hope you cleared all those tests! The soup looks so delicious and one I want to come home to! Love that you used coconut milk. Stunning clicks as usual.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-18-2012

      Thank you so much!! It is such a perfect soup for summer. Im wishing I had more left over to have some for lunch today!

  9. Posted on: 6-18-2012

    My other half also prefer light meal and this is one he will definitely love very much. 3 hours to write the post is better than me who sometimes can stare at the screen for longer time, thinking how I should start my recipe.

    The bowl of chowder is perfect and we need some toasted bread to dig into.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-18-2012

      This is a perfect light meal that is also so satisfying! So if your husband favors light meals he will for sure enjoy this one!

  10. Posted on: 6-18-2012

    Those glucose tests were the always the worst part of the prenatal for me.. I hate needles! Your soup looks yummy! Have a fabulous day!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-19-2012

      The needles are terrible. However, that glucose drink was just the worse!!

  11. Posted on: 6-18-2012

    The chowder looks wonderful.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-19-2012

      Thanks Joy!!

  12. Posted on: 6-19-2012

    i couldn’t STAND the glucose test; i had to do the 3-hour one too, and i had the worst time with it. you’re right; that liquid is beyond disgusting, and then you feel fluttery and weird and jittery and the whole bit. I passed it, but you almost wish after all that you hadn’t done it for nothing.
    this soup looks like the perfect remedy for an over-glucosed, exhausted body. i love the coconut milk with the southwest spin; i’ve never thought to do that, but it sounds delicious. this is totally going on my to-do list.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-19-2012

      The soup is totally comforting after having to sit an be poked with needles after that horrid drink!! Worst test ever, no?

  13. Posted on: 6-19-2012

    I love the sound of this chilled soup, no cooking has got to be good. I just got back from a runwith the dog, started at 8 am but it is still too hot, have to start getting up earlier, but I can’t!! That was in my best whiny voice. What is that horrid test for? Sorry to be dim but I’ve never been pregnant, it sounds hideous! The test I mean not being pregnant!! ;D

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-19-2012

      My husband wakes up at 530am to run! Any later and its just way too hot. Nighttime is even out of the question! It is just way too hot this time of year! I didnt know anything about these prenatal tests until I got pregnant so no worries!! It is a horrid test, but being pregnant has been great, so far!

  14. Posted on: 6-19-2012

    Oh & congrats on Top 9 too !!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-19-2012

      Thanks! I didn’t even know this soup made the top 9 until I saw your comment!! 🙂

  15. Posted on: 6-19-2012

    Ugh, I hated those glucose tolerance tests, too…I missed my breakfast! You have such a sweet hubby…so nice he came along for distraction. And I agree with you both about light meals in the heat of summer. Your chowder looks magnificent!

    PS…I’ve told my hubby I have to go back to Paris without the kids for a better foodie and shopping experience…though we did sample all sorts of fabulous dishes!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-20-2012

      Thanks Liz! I agree, hubby is pretty great to come sit with me. Hope you get back to Paris without the kids! Though I’m sure you had a fabulous time it is such a romantic and delicious city to enjoy with just your husband.

  16. Posted on: 6-19-2012

    :)) Oh that glucose test is still stuck in my water after!!! I hate it too! Also, you know what now you are allowed to whine and complain when pregnant and nobody should stop you:)))
    Anyhow..chowder look really tasty Beth! I love the simplicity yet flavors are very well combined.
    Enjoy sweetie in your pregnancy!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-20-2012

      It’s the worst test ever! Blech! And, yes I totally get whining rights during pregnancy!

  17. Posted on: 6-19-2012

    Those glucose tests are yucky! But this soup looks extremely tasty! Congrats on the Top 9!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-20-2012

      Thanks Shawn! Its always such a nice surprise to be in the top 9!

  18. Posted on: 6-19-2012

    This does sound and look good:) Love the use of coconut milk. A perfect soup for a hot summer day. Thanks for the post -can’t wait to try this soup.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-20-2012

      Thanks Geraldine! I do hope you try it. It’s such a lovely and delicious summer soup. Not to mention super easy to put together.

  19. Posted on: 6-19-2012

    Whining during pregnancy is completely allowable! Hope the test went well. This soup looks like a fantastic reward. It looks great for summer!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-20-2012

      Yes, if Im going to carry a baby for 9 months I am sooo allowed to whine 🙂

  20. Cristina
    Posted on: 6-19-2012

    I so enjoyed your writing and had to chuckle about what your Dad said about being out of the country…I hope your tests turned out well. 🙂

    Beautiful looking/sounding soup. The consistency looks so good and love the garnishes on it. My kinda soup and will have to give it a try. Have a nice rest of the week – hopefully no more tests!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-20-2012

      Thanks Christina! Im glad you enjoy the blog posts. I never thought it was funny when my dad used to say that until now when I see some of the looks on my husbands face when Im giving him a really hard time!! He’s been such a great trooper.

  21. Posted on: 6-20-2012

    This looks so yummy!

    And I love how you wrote this post while in the doctor’s office! Hope everything went well with the tests!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-20-2012

      Thanks Stephanie! I had to do something with my time! And, if I couldn’t eat I may as well write about food!

  22. Posted on: 6-20-2012

    I wasn’t real sure I’d like the chowder, ’till I saw coconut milk in the ingredients. Awesome recipe- thanks for sharing, and congrats on making FoodBuzz’s Top Nine!
    Wow, Beth- I’ve read about the places you mention in your blog, but you’re actually LIVIng there- very cool 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-20-2012

      Thanks Jennifer. The coconut milk gives the soup a great flavor and lightness. Super delicious!
      I never thought I would be living somewhere like Israel. It always seemed like such a far away land from history. I have to say living here and having so much history around is pretty amazing. The novelty of floating in the dead sea or walking the old city of Jerusalem still has not worn off and I don’t know if it ever will!

  23. Posted on: 6-21-2012

    Oh I remember those pregnancy tests! This one was tough one… So funny your father foresee how you would be like when you are pregnant, even when you were a teen! This chilled chowder looks really good. 105!!! That’s way too hot.. today was 78F with strong sun, and I thought I need to stay inside. LOL. I need to check out this recipe!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-27-2012

      78F is PERFECT! I wish it were like that in Beer Sheva. I am back in the states now and yesterday was in the high 60s and I had to wear a light jacket. Guess my blood has thinned out living in the desert the past 2 years!

  24. Posted on: 7-12-2012

    Fantastic chowder recipe. It appears that there’s the perfect amount of ‘kick’ to this one, balanced nicely by the sweetness of the corn. Always a treat!

  25. Posted on: 7-20-2012

    I love Chowder!!!!! The best I had was very creamy, new england clam chowder soup, and I find it very hard to have any where I live! This recipe sounds stunning, I have never thought of pairing coconut with avocado, definitely will have to try this!
    I too had glucose intolerance tests done once… It’s like you’re having sugar for the whole week or so, not pleasant :(!

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