Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 30 mins

Yields: 4 servings

There's nothing like a hearty soup during colder months. This dairy- and gluten-free clam chowder is actually very easy to make using pantry ingredients. If you can’t get fresh clam meat, you can substitute it with canned clam meat.

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  • 1 tbs butter
  • 8.5 oz bacon or pancetta, diced
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 6 cups seafood stock
  • 3 potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1.1 lbs fresh clam meat
  • 1 large handful parsley, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Heat a large skillet over a medium heat. Melt the butter then add the bacon or pancetta to the pan. Cook until the fat has rendered out of the meat and it is crispy. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the skillet and set aside on absorbent paper.
  • Add the celery and leek to the bacon fat in the pan. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened and slightly browned.
  • Tip the bacon mixture into a large soup pot. Add the stock and potatoes. Cook for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. If you want a slightly creamy soup, blitz for a few seconds with a hand blender.
  • Add the clam meat and ¾ of the crispy bacon. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the clam meat has cooked through. Stir in the parsley. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

To Serve

  • Divide the soup between 4 large soup bowls and sprinkle with the remaining crispy bacon. Serve immediately.


  • To make this soup Low FODMAP, omit the celery and replace the leek with 6 scallions, green part only. If you can’t get fresh clam meat, you can substitute it with canned clam meat.

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2 thoughts on “Clam Chowder”

  1. What is a good seafood stock recipe or product? I’m in the USA. I typically used lobster “Better than Bouillon” but then realized there’s soy and I believe onion also in it. I’d love to make clam chowder!

    1. Hi Julianne
      I recommend my clients make their own seafood stock as that way they know exactly what is in it. This recipe is from my SIBO Soups eCookbook, and I include a seafood stock recipe in there.
      Kind regards

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