Looking for easy soup ideas for dinner? Why not make a cozy cup of chowder? Wait until you try these quick, easy, and delicious recipes for chowder that we are sharing from our chowder cook off party.

Soup verus chowder – what to make?

Whatever you decide, soups, stews, and chowders are like big cozy hugs in a bowl.

While many prefer them in the colder months of the year, I enjoy them year-round.

In today’s post, my supper club got together for a chowder cook-off party where we are each bringing our favorite dish to sample and would love for you to vote on!

We shared some hosting ideas for a soup party the other day, and today, we are sharing our recipes for the cook-off!

How fun is this going to be?

Wait until you try these delicious recipes for chowder!

(Posts on stacyling.com may contain affiliate links. Click HERE for full disclosure.)

multiple chowders

What is a Cook-Off Party?

A cook-off party is a fun theme to do because guests are actively involved with the gathering.

Each guest brings their favorite dish, like a chowder or chili. At the party, everyone samples the dishes and chooses their favorite.

close up of soup recipes table for a potluck luncheon with yellow buffalo checkered napkins, bowls, rolls, stock pot and fresh cut flowers

What Do You Cook For a Cook Off?

There are lots of themes you could do for a cook-off party. Today we are celebrating with some cozy bowls of chowder, but you could easily do cook-offs with other types of dishes.

Here are some ideas for a little friendly competition.

  • Chili
  • Hot Wings
  • Pulled Pork
  • Lasagna
  • Soup
  • Chowder
  • Barbeque Ribs
  • Spaghetti with Meatballs
  • Burgers
  • Mac ‘n Cheese
  • Meatloaf

Really, you could do almost anything you want! There are so many options and it’s such a fun theme for a party.

close up of potluck luncheon table with fresh cut flowers, bowls, yellow buffalo check napkins and rolls

6 Easy Recipes for a Chowder Cook-Off

My friends and I have been getting together for almost 2 years now with our supper club, so I think it’s time for a little friendly competition.

And the funny thing is, we did not coordinate our dishes yet we all made different recipes with a variety of ingredients so there really wasn’t any overlap (like we didn’t all make New England Clam Chowder, for example).

We’ve got some great recipes to sample and I’m looking forward to trying each one.

Let me know in the comments below which one you are voting for. I mean I’m sure it will be mine, *wink wink* but it’s OK if you vote for one of my besties.

labels for potluck luncheon soup party idea with chowder festival theme

Healthy Crab and Corn Chowder

My good friends Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms made this healthy clam and corn chowder that is out of this world.

I love crab and don’t make enough dishes with it, so I’m looking forward to taste-testing this one.

And given how heavy a chowder recipe can be, I’m all about it being a healthier dish to make too.

Healthy crab and corn chowder by simply 2 moms

Smoked Salmon Chowder Recipe

My good friend Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse made this killer smoked salmon chowder recipe that sounds easy to make and tasty to boot.

I was checking out her photos and recipe for this one and am planning to make it next week!

My family has been all about salmon dinners lately, so I’m up for trying a new way to make it.

smoked salmon chowder recipe by the ponds farmhouse in a bowl with orange napkin

Corn Chowder Recipe Easy

For my contribution to this month’s chowder cook-off party, I made this flavorful hug in a bowl that you can enjoy year round.

My easy corn chowder recipe is light on the palette, easy to make, and you can tweak the dish to your liking.

I mean, doesn’t it look mouthwatering? #voteforme

Wait until you try my recipe for corn chowder!

chowder soup party ideas for a potluck luncheon with corn chowder

The Best Roasted Corn and Shrimp Chowder Crockpot Recipe

Ok Michele from Vintage Home Designs had me at crockpot because any chance I can make something in the slow cooker, I am all over it!

I mean, I love a good bowl of corn chowder, but mixed in with some shrimp? Wow that sounds yummy.

Wait until you try Michele’s recipe for roasted corn and shrimp chowder!

roasted corn and shrimp chowder crockpot recipe by vintage home designs

The Best Sweet Potato Corn Chowder Recipe

My good friend Renae from Peacock Ridge Farm is guest hosting with us this month and made this delicious sweet potato and corn chowder recipe.

That sounds like the perfect recipe for fall doesn’t it?

I can’t wait to make her dish – doesn’t it look delish?

sweet potato and corn chowder recipe by peacock ridge farm

Creamy Chicken and Corn Chowder Recipe

My good friend Jen from Midwest Life and Style made this hearty, creamy chicken and corn chowder recipe that sounds divine!

I love a good recipe that is easy to make, tastes fresh, and fills you up.

And Jen’s recipe fits that bill perfectly.

Wait until you try her creamy chicken and corn chowder recipe!

creamy chicken and corn chowder recipe by midwest life and style in navy soup bowl with spoon

And that’s it!

Let me know in the comments below which recipe you are voting for.

Next up in the Chowder Fest Cook-Off is my good friend Michele from Vintage Home Designs.

Looking for More Great Soup Recipes?

I love a good cozy soup recipe that is easy to make and feels like a hug in a bowl.

Wait until you try these soup recipes!

Close up of best creamy balsamic tomato soup recipe
The Best Creamy Balsamic Tomato Soup

Sign Me Up!

Sign up for my free newsletter to get blog posts, seasonal tips, recipes, and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Plus, get free VIP access to my Resource Library where you’ll find insider freebies not readily available to the public.

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

Stacy Ling

Want to learn more about me?

I’m a master gardener who’s been gardening and growing things for over 25 years and author of the best-selling book, The Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden. With a deep passion for gardening, I enjoy helping others find their inner green thumb with all things plants and flowers, as well as finding ways to bring the outdoors inside their homes.

Get the inside scoop about my background as a master gardener, education, and experience, as well as why I started blogging here.

stacy ling cutting dahlias in her garden
Home and Garden Blogger Stacy Ling cutting zinnia flowers in her cottage garden with wood picket fence in front of garden shed

If you like this post, please follow me @bricksnblooms on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Or join my Facebook Group.

6 Easy Recipes for a Chowder Cook-Off Party with close up of mini chalkboard lables

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. I vote for the Corn chowder allergic to sea food, but I would love to taste your smoked salmon chowder, salmon was my favorite when I could eat it.

    1. Hey Darlene! Mine is the easy corn chowder recipe. Rachel’s is the smoked salmon! Allergies are tough – I’ve developed some as I’ve grown older too. Thank you for voting!!!!