Cape House Inn Chilled Buttermilk Shrimp Soup

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Recipe: #39720

October 24, 2022

"This is one of those all-time favorite chilled soups served at the Cape House Inn on Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia."

Original is 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (85.5 g)
  • Calories 53.3
  • Total Fat - 2.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 8.6 mg
  • Sodium - 103.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 5.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.9 g
  • Sugars - 3.2 g
  • Protein - 2.9 g
  • Calcium - 126 mg
  • Iron - 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Cook shrimp in boiling water until tender (it goes quick, so please try to not overdo the cooking to prevent it from turning dry and rubbery). Once the shrimp turns pink, it's done. Remove shrimp from water with a perforated ladle. Peel, and chop into pieces. Combine all ingredients, adding cayenne and salt to taste. Mix well, and chill. Serve garnished with cucumber slices.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • It is best to use fresh shrimp for this recipe for the best flavor.
  • For the dill pickle, you can use either a sweet or dill variety depending on your preference.

  • Substitute the shrimp with cooked chicken for a heartier soup. The benefit of this substitution is that it provides more protein, making it a more filling meal.
  • Substitute the buttermilk with low-fat yogurt for a lighter soup. The benefit of this substitution is that it reduces the fat content of the soup, making it a healthier option.

Citrus Shrimp Soup Substitute the buttermilk with orange juice and add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Replace the dill with 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley and add 1 tablespoon of orange zest.

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan - This dish is a great accompaniment to the Chilled Buttermilk Shrimp Soup. The grilled asparagus adds a crunchy texture and the lemon and Parmesan provide a delicious flavor that complements the soup perfectly.

Roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Thyme: Roasted potatoes with garlic and thyme are a great accompaniment to the Chilled Buttermilk Shrimp Soup. The potatoes provide a hearty texture, while the garlic and thyme add a savory flavor that complements the soup nicely.


Q: How long do I cook the shrimp?

A: Cook the shrimp in boiling water until it turns pink. This should take a few minutes, so try not to overcook it to prevent it from becoming dry and rubbery.

Q: What type of shrimp should I use?

A: The best type of shrimp to use for boiling is raw, unpeeled shrimp with the shell and tail still on. This will help to keep the shrimp from drying out and becoming rubbery.

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Fun facts:

This chilled soup is a classic at the Cape House Inn in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, which is a popular destination for celebrities like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who visited the area in 2008.

This recipe is believed to have originated in the early 20th century when buttermilk was widely used as a popular ingredient in soup recipes.