Dairy-Free Chowder


An adaptable dairy-free clam chowder recipe. Add fish for fish chowder; add shrimp or scallops for seafood chowder; add corn for corn chowder.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • ½ cup vegetable oil, divided

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 2 slices bacon, diced

  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced, or more to taste

  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle clam juice

  • 2 ½ cups minced clams, drained

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups almond milk

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat 1/4 cup oil a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and bacon to hot oil; cook and stir until bacon fat renders and onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add potatoes and clam juice. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are fork-tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Add clams and cook for 10 minutes more.

  2. Meanwhile, combine remaining 1/4 cup oil and flour in a separate saucepan over medium heat. Stir until paste-like and light golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually whisk in almond milk; cook and stir until mixture becomes a thick slurry, 6 to 7 minutes more.

  3. Stir slurry into clam chowder until thickened. Season with salt and pepper; serve hot.


Use 1 cup water in place of clam juice if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

284 Calories
16g Fat
18g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 284
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 240mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 23mg 114%
Calcium 116mg 9%
Iron 15mg 82%
Potassium 684mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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