Instant Pot Clam Chowder
No need to travel to New England for clam chowder. This easy version can be prepared in minutes using the Instant Pot.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 1tablespoon olive oil (divided)
- 4strips smoked bacon (diced)
- 1cup diced onions
- ½cup diced celery
- 4cloves garlic (minced)
- 5cups peeled and cubed potatoes (about 3 Russet potatoes)
- 1(10-ounce) can clams (drained)
- 1(8-ounce) bottle clam juice
- 1cup water
- 1 ¼teaspoons salt
- 1teaspoon dried thyme
- ½teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 ½cups whole milk
- ½cup heavy cream
- 2tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Oyster crackers (to serve)
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Turn the Instant Pot to the sauté function. Add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to the pot. Transfer the diced bacon to the pot and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step 3Carefully transfer the cooked and crisped bacon to a paper towel lined plate, leaving the rendered bacon fat in the pot.
Step 4Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to the pot and add the diced onions, celery, and garlic. Sauté for about 4 minutes, or until softened, stirring occasionally.
Step 5Add the cubed potatoes, clams, clam juice, water, salt, thyme, and pepper to the pot. Secure the lid on the pot and set to manual. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. When the cooking is complete, manually release the pressure by moving the valve to venting.
Step 6Remove the lid and once again set to the sauté function. (Use a low setting, if possible on your appliance). Add the milk and cream to the pot. Heat, stirring occasionally, to a very gentle boil.
Step 7In a small bowl, add the flour. Ladle about 3/4 cup of the liquid from the soup and transfer it to the bowl. Using a fork, stir the flour and liquid together until you get a thick paste. Scrape the thick paste into the pot and stir to incorporate with the rest of the soup. Let the soup simmer for about 4 minutes more to thicken.
Step 8Ladle the soup into serving bowls. Top with the crumbled bacon and a few twists of fresh black pepper. Serve with oyster crackers, if desired.