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Easy Instant Pot® Clam Chowder

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"You won't believe this clam chowder can be made so fast in the Instant Pot®. Serve with crusty bread, if desired."
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50 m servings 424
Original recipe yields 5 servings


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  1. Drain clam juice from 2 of the cans into a 2-cup measuring cup and fill with water to the 2-cup mark; set aside. Drain and discard clam juice from the remaining can.
  2. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot(R)) and select Saute function. Add bacon and stir occasionally until fat has rendered and bacon is cooked, but not crispy, about 5 minutes. Add onion and butter. Cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pot to get up all of the brown bits, until onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Hit Cancel.
  3. Add potatoes and reserved clam juice-water mixture; stir. Close and lock the lid and seal the pressure valve. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 4 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  4. Allow to rest for 3 minutes, then release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.
  5. Carefully mash some or all of the potatoes as desired with a potato masher. Select Soup function. Stir in flour, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Add evaporated milk and drained clams. Heat the soup without boiling, about 5 minutes. Add potato starch to thicken soup, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 424 calories; 10 43.4 38.5 100 449 Full nutrition

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I used clam juice from a bottle, not the clam cans. Fabulous.

Definitely will make this again. I added chopped fresh jalapeno to the bacon mix and it gave the perfect amount of heat for a winter day!