Gluten-Free Clam Chowder

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If you’re still getting cold weather, you may want to warm up with this recipe for clam chowder. My husband made it last weekend and it was delicious. It’s a New England-style chowder with lots of milk and cream, so I didn’t eat too much. But it wasn’t easy to resist; it was really good. This would be a good recipe to serve to non-celiacs because it doesn’t call for very much flour. Actually, you don’t have to use flour at all! And, did I mention it was delicious?


Gluten-Free Clam Chowder Recipe


4 slices bacon
1/2 large onion, chopped (about 1 Cup)
4 Cups diced potatoes
1 (8 oz.) bottle of clam juice
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 (6 oz.) cans of clams (one can minced clams, one can whole clams)
3 TBSP brown rice flour* (or 1 1/2 TBSP cornstarch or 2 TBSP arrowroot starch)
2 Cups half-and-half
1 Cup milk
* Since this is just used to thicken the soup, you can use a variety of flours or starches. We used superfinely ground brown rice flour, but cornstarch works very well, as does arrowroot starch.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium-low heat until crispy. Remove bacon and allow to drain on paper towels and cool.
  2. Add onion to the saucepan and cook in the bacon fat. Cook the onion on medium heat until tender and translucent.
  3. Add potatoes, clam juice, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender — about 15 minutes.
  4. Then add the clams (with liquid) and half-and-half to the saucepan.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk the flour (or starch) into the milk, and add to the saucepan.
  6. Stirring frequently, cook over medium heat until the chowder thickens — about 5 minutes.
  7. Crumble the cooked bacon and sprinkle on top of individual servings. Makes 4 – 6 servings, depending on your appetite.

For more gluten-free meal ideas, be sure to visit “What Can I Eat That’s Gluten-Free?” at The Gluten-Free Homemaker.



I’m not a fan of clams, but I have eaten clam chowder occasionally. This sounds really good to me right now. Thanks for sharing it for “What can I eat that’s gluten free?”


I am going to try this, but with Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. No Wheat Flour, no Gluten….

I will also use COCONUT MILK, as a milk substitute. And RED potatoes, as I can’t have the White, because they are a member of the nightshade family, and I have a bit of trouble with them. RED potatoes are not the same family.

I will also leave out the bacon, and bacon fat, and use Olive oil, for the onions.


Steve – Sounds great. Let us know how it turns out.


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I use instant potato flakes to thicken my chowder. My next door neighbor is gluten free. Would using the flakes still make it G/F?


Howard — Yes, potato flakes would be fine to use for thickening. Of course, you will have to check the ingredient label to make sure that there is no gluten that got thrown into the mix. But if it’s just dehydrated potatoes, like Bob’s Red Mill brand, then it should be safe for a gluten-free diet.

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