A white bowl filled with crab and corn chowder.

Thai-Style Crab & Corn Chowder

Traditional chowders can take hours to make, but this Thai-Style Crab & Corn Chowder is a quick and satisfying recipe that tastes like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen. It has quickly become a family favorite!

A white bowl filled with crab and corn chowder.
Thai-Style Crab & Corn Chowder

Thai-Style Crab & Corn Chowder is a satisfying recipe that features crab meat, corn, coconut milk, red curry paste, and more. It’s a quick dinner you can make on a weeknight, but it tastes like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen.

A bowl of homemade crab and corn chowder with the words, "Thai-style Crab and Corn Chowder".

Disclosure: This post was originally a sponsored post and sponsored giveaway from Bravo’s Top Chef. As always, all opinions are my own.

We’re in the middle of a mini renovation. The family room is getting a little makeover, and some minor construction is taking it from the early 90s to the present, which for us means getting a new, fancy flat screen that is probably larger than necessary, and mounting it on the newly renovated wall. It really is rather funny to me, given how very little television we watch in general.

The last time we shopped for televisions was nearly eight years ago, so I was in practical shock when we walked into the showroom. I felt like Dorothy who had just emerged from her fallen house into Munchkinland. Everything was more brilliant, more colorful, and very beautiful. Who knew tv’s have come such a long way in eight short years?

The thing is, I really don’t watch TV. I barely have time to read as it is, so shows take very low priority. When it comes down to it, I really only watch two shows. Yes, just two.

One of them is Top Chef.

A bowl of Thai-style Crab and Corn Chowder topped with crab meat, corn, cilantro, and chopped chives.

Are you a fan? It’s my weakness, I have to admit. When I was invited to participate as a Top Chef A-Lister, I did hesitate. TV recaps aren’t exactly what I do here. But given how big of a fan I am of the show, I thought, heck, why not? It’ll be fun! So as this season comes down to the final chef’testants, you will see a couple of posts here inspired by the show.

In the last episode, the chefs cooked with Alaskan King Crab in their Quickfire Challenge in Juneau, Alaska. I am loving the synergy between the remaining contestants, and I have to admit that Sheldon’s dishes evoke nostalgia and pride for their island flavors. It is wonderful to see the flavors of my Filipino heritage elevated and featured on Top Chef!

The Quickfire inspired me to make this Thai-Style Crab & Corn Chowder, using the currently abundant dungeness crab that I so love this time of year. With a broth thickened with corn puree and chunks of tender potato, I think you’ll really enjoy the heat of the Thai-inspired spices. I know my family did – they cleaned their bowls and asked for more. And since this can be done in about half an hour, I can easily oblige.

A bowl of Crab and Corn Chowder garnished with crab meat, corn, cilantro, and chopped chives.

Disclosure: This post was originally a sponsored post and sponsored giveaway from Bravo’s Top Chef. Video content and/or other value provided by our partner, Bravo. Sponsored posts such as these help support the work behind the scenes on Kitchen Confidante. Thank you so much for your visits and making my blog part of your day. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Thai-Style Crab & Corn Chowder

Traditional chowders can take hours to make, but this Thai-Style Crab & Corn Chowder is a quick and satisfying recipe that tastes like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen. It has quickly become a family favorite!
A white bowl filled with crab and corn chowder.
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3 from 1 vote
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Thai
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 484kcal


  • 3 cups corn kernels
  • 1 leek washed, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 15 oz can light coconut milk
  • 2 cups clam stock
  • 2-3 teaspoons red curry paste
  • 1 potato peeled and diced
  • 8 oz cooked crab meat preferably Dungeness
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup chives chopped
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Set aside 1/2 cup corn.
  • In a medium saucepan, stir the remaining 2 1/2 cups corn kernels, leeks, garlic, coconut milk, clam stock, and red curry paste and bring to a boil over medium heat. Let it cook for about 5 minutes, then carefully pour into a blender. Blend for a few seconds on low speed, taking care to hold cover down with a towel to prevent any spills with the hot liquid. The soup should still have some body, and not too smooth. Return the soup to the saucepan.
  • Season the soup with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the potatoes and reserved corn kernels. Return the soup to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 10 minutes, stirring periodically.
  • Add the crab meat and stir until it is just heated through. Stir in lime juice. Pour into bowls, and serve garnished with cilantro and chives.


Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 905mg | Potassium: 958mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1243IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 6mg
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  1. Melanie Montgomery

    I don’t watch Top Chef. I do love the show Chopped though.

  2. Koko @ Koko Likes

    Favorite episode is the Alaskan episode with the salmon bake (and not only because I live in Alaska and we go to the Salmon Bake all the time!!) PS this looks delicious!!!

  3. Sandra (@SECooking)

    I completely understand what you are talking in case of Tv’s…I get lost! I love Tv, and hardly watch anything –I use my laptop most of the time because I can’t get my turn on any of televisions when I do find time to watch hehe.
    Top chef is a awesome show, and fantastic giveaway as well as that beautifully made chowder! Very Tempting!

  4. Solducky

    I love Top Chef! I really liked how they set up Restaurant Wars this season.

    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

  5. Tim L

    I love Top Chef and have been watching episodes off and on since season one! My dream would be to see a Top Chef Champions edition back where it all started in San Francisco. Watching Paul Qui win during Season 9 is arguably one of my favorite moments out of many. I would love a subscription to Food and Wine magazine.

  6. Michelle Warnke

    I don’t have cable so I don’t have a Top Chef fave moment! But I have liked every episode I have seen randomly over the years! All the food shows are my faves. Would love to win this magazine subscription!

  7. Lori Hart

    I’ve never watched Top Chef (weird, I know!!) but my favorite recipe these days is my pasta w/shrimp and sun dried alfredo sauce.

  8. Tania B

    I would have to say my fave episode was Restaurant Wars this year. But I like all the episodes and brilliant food!

    Question: Is the giveaway open to Canadians? Or just US? Thx

  9. Ally

    When they sent Chef Josie home, thank goodness! She was irritating everyone including myself. Thank goodness Kristen is kicking butt on Last Chance Kitchen. Hope she wins!

  10. Tamar

    I always love and hate restaurant wars. This year especially.

    I also would say my least favorite part of the season thus far was Kristen’s dismissal, but it will be my favorite moment when she gets brought back from Last Chance Kitchen!

  11. Reem | Simply Reem

    We are in process of buying our new home and my hubby is already decided on the TV he wanna buy… I am not much of TV person but food show junkie for sure.. ;)
    B/W I think I saw this chowder on ur instagram feed.. Beautiful

  12. Chris Noeez

    We are too broke for cable, so we don’t watch it. But as a cooking show junkie, I know I would live it.

  13. Sarah

    I always enjoy Restaurant Wars – love seeing the concepts they come up with. I also love the challenges when they have to make something inspired by their family background.

  14. Patty

    Hi Liren! I know this will sound corny but…my mouth is literally watering for a bowl of this soup-must be dinner time;-) We just did a little work on our family room area, new sofa, paint, flat screen etc. I’m very happy with an update because we live in our family room/kitchen and it’s a good thing to do every now and then.
    My son loves Top Chef, he asks me all the time if I’m watching the show but honestly I don’t watch it very often. The highlight for me was when 2 friends of mine from SF were on the show- both amazing local chefs. I wish they would have lasted longer, one of them was sent home because of toast, seriously weird!

  15. Jean

    When we got our flat screen TV in the family room we had to do some demo work to remove the mantle and cover up the fireplace. As big as the TV is, hubs thinks it needs to be bigger and I just don’t understand. Like you, I don’t watch much TV unless I join the hubs for a Netflix movie (or when he’s watching old episodes of Perry Mason while I cook). The cooking shows get recorded but I’m ridiculously behind on watching them. Bet your family room will look awesome when all the work is done (it looked nice before).

    So, tummy twin, I cooked up a Thai-style meal yesterday but in my case it was with turkey patties and cabbage slaw. This gorgeous chowder would have rounded the meal out perfectly. Would love to try this soon!

  16. Deb

    The Alaska episode transported me to another time and place, story telling at it’s best!

  17. Amb

    What a nice giveaway. Restaurant wars is always a good episode. But the recent Alaska episode made me wish I was up there. So pretty!

  18. abby

    my favorite episode of top chef this season was the restaurant wars.

  19. Becky B

    My favorite Top Chef challenge was the recent Salmon Bake! Salmon is my absolute favorite, and it was really cool how they got the fish right off the boat. I wanted to be there to try that food SO badly!

  20. Cassie | Bake Your Day

    We are currently trying to bring our home to 2013 from 1980. And we were just talking about our TV/family room setup last night. So many decisions to make! PS – I adore this soup!

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