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Chris Cooks: Grain & Dairy Free Clam Chowder

Grain, Gluten & Dairy Free Clam Chowder

This clam chowder is rustic and full of richness. It's one of those dishes you can serve to people with certain food restrictions and people without any restrictions, and everyone will love it the same.
Course Soup
Keyword chowder, clam, clams, dairy free, gluten free, grain free, soup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8


  • 2 lbs live clams cleaned (see online post notes)
  • 4 links smoked sausage Andouille, Polish, Chorizo etc
  • 5 strips bacon thick, cut into 1/2in pieces
  • 2 lbs baby potatoes diced
  • 3 leafy stalks celery chopped
  • 2 leeks trimmed, washed, thinly sliced
  • 3 sprigs thyme fresh
  • 2 tsp tarragon fresh, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups clam juice
  • 4 cups kale washed, chopped
  • 3 cups clam water leftover from steaming clams
  • coconut oil
  • 6 cloves garlic chopped
  • red pepper flakes optional
  • 2 pinches nutmeg fresh ground if you can
  • 1/3 cup pasley fresh, roughly chopped
  • 15oz can whole baby clams
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 qt chicken stock or broth
  • 15oz can full fat coconut milk


  • Fill the bottom of a pasta pot (a pot with a basket in it) with 2-3 inches of water. Put your cleaned, live clams into the basket, the basket in the pot, and the pot onto medium high heat. Steam the clams for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside, reserving the liquid.
  • In a 6qt cast iron dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon until the edges begin to brown. Then add the celery, leeks, potato, bay leaves, thyme, smoked sausage, and coconut oil. Sweat for about 5 minutes then add the garlic and saute for another 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock, coconut milk, clam juice, and 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and add nutmeg. Simmer for 20 minutes
  • Add 3 cups of the clam water from cooking the clams and bring back to a simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs from the soup. Add the kale, tarragon, parsley, and the clams (the ones you steamed and the canned clams). Simmer for 5 minutes and serve.