Instant Pot Clam Chowder

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Learn how to make Instant Pot Clam Chowder (pressure cooker clam chowder)! Thick, creamy New England Clam Chowder with some chunky potatoes, sprinkled with crisp smoky bacon, and crispy biscuits. You’ll enjoy this very heartwarming, comforting, & delicious soup.

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What is Clam Chowder?

Chowder is a simple, thick soup or stew made with milk or cream, usually served with crackers.

There are many different types of chowders such as seafood chowder, corn chowder, potato chowder, fish chowder, clam chowder, and many more.

Over the years, many variations of Clam Chowder were invented, but Clam Chowder is mostly made of common ingredients such as potatoes, clams, vegetables, & onions.

Some people enjoy creamy-style clam chowders, while others enjoy broth-style clam chowders.

New England Clam Chowder is a creamy-style chowder. It’s rather simple to prepare, delicious & very comforting to eat especially during the winter!

Amy Jacky with Clam Chowder

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Let’s Start Making this Instant Pot New England Clam Chowder!


Step-by-Step Guide: Instant Pot Clam Chowder

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Here are the ingredients for cooking Clam Chowder in Instant Pot:

clam chowder ingredients

*Note – Potatoes: We’re using both Yukon gold potatoes and russet potatoes for more complexity. You can use one kind of potatoes if that’s what you have on hand.

cut celery

*Pro Tip: To save time, you can slice the ingredients while the bacon is crisping in the Instant Pot.

Then, dice the potatoes into cubes.

diced potatoes

Step 1

Crisp Bacon


We’ll crisp 6 slices of bacon or chopped bacon in Instant Pot.

First, add bacon in Instant Pot, then heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function.

crisp bacon in Instant Pot

*Pro Tip: You don’t need to add any oil because bacon has a lot of fat.

You just have to stir occasionally and allow the bacon to crisp.

Finally, remove the bacon from Instant Pot and place them on a paper towel to absorb the excess fat.

bacon bits

*Pro Tips for Crispy Bacon:

  • In order to cook the meat and fat evenly, crispy, and not burnt, you need to place the bacon in the cold pot before turning on the heat. Then, let the heat slowly render out the pork fat.
  • It’s important to absorb the bacon’s excess fat with a paper towel after sauteing. This helps to crisp up the umami bacon bits!

Step 2

Saute Onions, Garlic, and Vegetables


Now, add the diced onion in the bacon fat, then saute until they’re softened (roughly 3 minutes).

saute onions

Add 2 bay leaves, ½ tsp (0.8g) dried thyme, minced garlic, diced celeries, and carrots in Instant Pot, then saute for another minute.

saute garlic veggies

Step 3

Deglaze Instant Pot


Now, pour 1 cup (250ml) clam juice or unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot.

Then, scrub all the brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.

*Pro Tip: Keep those brown bits because they’re very flavorful! 😀

deglaze

Step 4

Pressure Cook Soup


Add 2.5 lbs (1132g) potato cubes, 2 tbsp (30ml) fish sauce, and 3 cups (750ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot. Give it a quick mix.

*Pro Tip for Fish Sauce: Fish sauce is an optional ingredient you can skip, but it adds a kick of irresistible umami-ness to the hearty clam chowder. Don’t worry! Your Instant Pot Clam Chowder won’t taste fishy. 😉

add potatoes and chicken stock

With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position.

  • Pressure Cooking Method: Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 3 minutes, then 15 minutes Natural Release

instant pot high pressure for 3 minutes

After 15 minutes, carefully release the remaining pressure by turning the Venting Knob to Venting position.

Finally, remove the lid carefully.

Step 5

Blend & Cook Clams


Now, set aside half of the potato cubes, carrots, and celery.

Don’t forget to search and discard the bay leaves in the soup. 🙂

pressure cooked soup base

Then, blend the soup with an immersion hand blender.

chowder in Instant Pot

Now, bring the soup back to a simmer with the Saute function.

Once the soup starts to simmer, add the clams to Instant Pot, then cook them for roughly 2 minutes.

Once the clams are fully cooked, add back the previously set-aside potato cubes, carrots, and celery.

make clam chowder

Step 6

Optional: Thicken with Flour & Cream


*Pro Tip: If you want a smoother clam chowder, add in some heavy cream.

We recommend mixing 1 cup (250ml) heavy cream with 2 tbsp all-purpose flour until well combined.

heavy cream

Then, slowly pour the flour cream mixture in the clam chowder one third at a time until your desired thickness.

At this point, you’ll need to add more salt to open up the flavors. Taste the clam chowder and season with more salt (for reference, we added 4 – 5 large pinches of kosher salt).

clam chowder in Instant Pot

Step 7

Garnish & Serve Clam Chowder


Finally, garnish this deliciously creamy Instant Pot Clam Chowder with crisped bacon bits, freshly ground black pepper, and oyster crackers.

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Due to our current situation, we couldn’t get our hands on oyster crackers. At least these Goldfish crackers fit in the seafood theme here. hehe~

goldfish crackers

Serve immediately with some tasty cornbread or buttermilk biscuit! 🙂

Amy and Grogu

Enjoy the creamy Instant Pot Clam Chowder!

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Instant Pot Clam Chowder

Easy to make Instant Pot Clam Chowder! Thick, creamy New England Clam Chowder with some chunky potatoes, sprinkled with crisp smoky bacon, and crispy biscuits. You'll enjoy this very heartwarming, comforting, & delicious soup.
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Servings 4 - 8
Total Time 45 mins
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Ingredients

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Instructions 

  • Crisp Bacon: Add bacon in Instant Pot. Heat up Instant Pot using Sauté More function. Stir occasionally and allow bacon to crisp. Remove bacon and place them on a paper towel to absorb the excess fat.
    crisp bacon in Instant Pot
  • Saute Onions, Garlic, and Vegetables: Add diced onion in bacon fat, saute until softened (roughly 3 minutes). Add in 2 bay leaves, ½ tsp (0.8g) dried thyme, minced garlic, diced celeries, and carrots, then saute for another minute.
    saute garlic veggies
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour in 1 cup (250ml) clam juice or unsalted chicken stock. Scrub all the brown bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
    *Pro Tip: Keep those brown bits because they're very flavorful!
    deglaze
  • Pressure Cook Soup: Add in 2.5 lbs (1132g) potato cubes, 2 tbsp (30ml) fish sauce, and 3 cups (750ml) unsalted chicken stock. Give it a quick mix.
    With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 3 minutes, then 15 minutes Natural Release. Remove the lid carefully.
    add potatoes and chicken stock
  • Blend & Cook Clams: Set aside half of the potato cubes, carrots, and celery. Find & discard the bay leaves. Blend the soup with an immersion hand blender.
    Bring the soup back to a simmer with the Saute function. Once it simmers, add in clams, and cook for roughly 2 minutes. Once the clams are fully cooked, add in previously set-aside potato cubes, carrots, and celery.
    chowder in Instant Pot
  • Optional - Thicken with Flour & Cream: We recommend mixing 1 cup (250ml) heavy cream with 2 tbsp all-purpose flour until well combined.
    Slowly pour the flour cream mixture in clam chowder one third at a time until your desired thickness. Taste and season with more salt (for reference, we added 4 - 5 large pinches of kosher salt).
    clam chowder in Instant Pot
  • Garnish & Serve: Garnish clam chowder with crisped bacon bits, freshly ground black pepper, and oyster crackers. Serve immediately & enjoy! 🙂
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Notes

Crispy Bacon: You don't need to add any oil because bacon has a lot of fat. In order to cook the meat and fat evenly, crispy, and not burnt, place the bacon in the cold pot before turning on the heat. Then, let the heat slowly render out the pork fat. It’s also important to absorb the bacon’s excess fat with a paper towel after sauteing. This helps to crisp up the umami bacon bits!
Potatoes: We're using both Yukon gold potatoes and russet potatoes for more complexity. You can use one kind of potatoes if that's what you have on hand.
Preparation: To save time, you can slice the ingredients while the bacon is crisping in the Instant Pot.
Fish Sauce: Fish sauce is an optional ingredient you can skip, but it adds a kick of umami flavors to the soup. Don’t worry! It won’t taste fishy.
Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 266kcal
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: clam chowder instant pot, instant pot clam chowder, instant pot clam chowder recipe, instant pot new england clam chowder, pressure cooker clam chowder

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 352mg | Potassium: 907mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3488IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg
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