Creamy Tofu, Scallop, Cucumber, and Dill Chowder Recipe

The tofu in this chowder provides a richness surprisingly similar to that of cream but without the fat and cholesterol. Your guests will never know the difference; our tasters didn’t.

Can be prepared in 45 minutes or less.

Makes about 3 cups, serving 2.


  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded, and chopped cucumber
  • 3/4 cup drained soft or silken tofu
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 pound bay scallops, rinsed well
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill


    In a saucepan cook the onion in the oil over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until it is softened, add the flour, and cook the mixture, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the broth, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring, and add the cucumber. Bring the mixture to a blender, and purée it with the tofu and the lemon juice until the mixture is smooth. Bring the remaining broth mixture in the pan to a boil, add the scallops, and simmer them, stirring, for 3 minutes, or until they are just firm. Reduce the heat to moderately low, stir in the tofu mixture, the dill, and salt and pepper to taste, and heat the chowder, stirring, until it is hot, but do not let it boil.

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