Looking for a new way to cook scallops? Try this gluten-free, dairy-free Butternut Squash & Scallop Chowder with Mexican flavors.
I saw this recipe in my local newspaper, The Coastland Times. I was intrigued with the idea of using baked tortilla chips to thicken a chowder instead of relying on a ton of cream. I’m happy to report that the technique worked very well. I ended up with a rich, thick chowder that used absolutely no butter, cream, or even milk.
When I was searching my pantry for salsa, I came across some fat-free, low-sodium Chesapeake Bay Crab Salsa by Gunther’s Gourmet that I had purchased in a specialty store. I used 1 cup of the crab salsa and 1 cup of more traditional tomato-based salsa. If you can find crab salsa, use it; otherwise, 2 cups of regular salsa will be fine. If you are watching your sodium intake, use reduced-sodium chicken stock and make your own salsa.
This scallop chowder is low in Saturated Fat and is a good source of Vitamin A, Protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Selenium.
- 2 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced (about half of a normal-sized squash)
- 2 cups salsa or Low-Sodium Easy Homemade Salsa
- 2 cups chicken stock
- ⅓ cup crushed baked (reduced-fat) corn tortilla chips
- 2 cups frozen corn
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 pound scallops
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- In a large pot over medium heat, combine squash, salsa, stock, and tortilla chips. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot and cook until the squash is tender, about 15 min.
- Stir in corn, oregano, and cumin. Cook for another 5 min. or so.
- Stir in scallops and cook 2-3 minutes longer or until the scallops are opaque. Do not overcook the scallops or they will be tough!
- Remove from heat and stir in lime juice.
Watching sodium? Use low-sodium chicken stock and make your own Low-Sodium Easy Homemade Salsa.
Large scallops? You may want to cut them in halves or quarters so you have bite-sized pieces.
Too many carbs? Cut back on the amount of squash and/or corn. You could also have a smaller serving.