This dairy free clam chowder is so rich and creamy and loaded with potatoes, clams and bacon to give it the best flavour. The perfect comfort food, this New England style clam chowder uses coconut milk to keep it dairy free. Hearty enough for a meal, this recipe is also Whole30 and paleo.
Dairy Free Clam Chowder Recipe
Why this Dairy Free Clam Chowder is so good:
- It’s so rich and creamy and tastes just like a traditional New England or Boston clam chowder.
- It’s made with coconut milk to keep it dairy free and it’s loaded with potatoes, clams and bacon to give it the best hearty flavour.
- The perfect comfort food, this clam chowder is made from scratch and also makes great leftovers.
- This clam chowder is paleo and Whole30 compliant and is ready in under 30 minutes!
Key ingredients for making this Dairy Free Clam Chowder:
- Liquids: vegetable stock, coconut milk
- Fats: coconut oil
- Produce: onion, garlic, russet potatoes
- Spices: sea salt, ground black pepper, dried thyme, dried sage
- Canned clams
- Almond flour
Tips and variations for this Paleo Clam Chowder:
- This soup makes great leftovers and stores well in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 5 days
- Feel free to add more bacon if you prefer
- Feel free to substitute the vegetable stock with either chicken stock or bone broth
- Be sure to use full fat coconut milk and not light coconut milk for this recipe
- If you can’t have coconut milk I would use cashew milk instead
- Top this clam chowder with crackers or more bacon to make it even better!
Frequently asked questions:
The two most common types of clam chowder are New England and Manhattan clam chowder. New England clam chowder (also known as Boston Clam Chowder) is creamy and uses milk or cream. It’s thick and made with clams, potatoes, onions, and sometimes salted pork or bacon. Manhattan clam chowder on the other hand is thinner and made with tomatoes and tomato paste instead of cream or milk and contains different vegetables such as carrots, onion, celery, and potatoes.
Russet potatoes are best as they will create a nice and thick chowder.
Full bodied white wines such as pinot gris, chardonnay and certain types of sauvignon blanc.
This clam chowder is hearty enough to eat as a main dish, but if you serve it as a side dish it goes really well with a salad, cooked vegetables, crackers or toast.
This depends on which definition or version of the paleo diet that you follow. When the paleo diet was first created white potatoes were not allowed, but since the Whole30 diet started allowing white potatoes many paleo authors have also started to allow potatoes as well. My number one rule is to do what works best for you and listen to your body. If you don’t tolerate white potatoes, please don’t eat them.
Other dairy free recipes you will love:
- Dairy Free Cream of Potato Soup
- Dairy Free Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Dairy Free Scalloped Potatoes
- Dairy Free Shepherd’s Pie
- Dairy Free Rice Pudding
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Dairy Free Clam Chowder
This dairy free clam chowder is so rich and creamy! Loaded with potatoes, clams and bacon it's the perfect hearty meal or side dish.
Heat a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and save for later.
Using the bacon fat, add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot and cook until the onion is translucent (a few minutes)
Add the almond flour and spices to the pot and stir well to combine
Add the chopped potatoes, coconut milk and vegetable stock to the pot and turn down the heat to low. Simmer for 12-15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender
Add the clams, along with juice from the cans to the pot and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. When it's done, chop the cooked bacon and top the soup with it.
Serve and enjoy!
- Store this soup in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 5 days
- Feel free to add more or less bacon
- If you can’t have coconut milk use cashew milk instead
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