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Instant Pot Clam Chowder

Clam chowder is especially tasty when it's served with a sprinkle of fresh thyme, bacon crumbles and crispy oyster crackers on top. If you like your chowder on the thick side, add another tablespoon of flour after it is done in the pressure cooker. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 5 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) clam juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) minced clams, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • Optional: Oyster crackers and fresh thyme


  • Place first 10 ingredients in a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker. Drain and reserve liquid from clams; add the liquid to pressure cooker and set clams aside. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 15 minutes. Quick-release pressure.
  • Select saute setting and adjust for low heat. Mix flour and cream until smooth; stir into soup. Cook and stir until slightly thickened, 6-8 minutes. Stir in clams; heat through. Serve with bacon and, if desired, crackers and fresh thyme.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 227 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 673mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Jaime
    Jan 21, 2021

    I made this in my instant pot and it turned out so good. This could be made in a regular pot, I do not find there to be any more work or dishes using my instant pot and I had time to wash my prep dishes and make biscuits while it was pressure cooking. I did not make any changes aside from adding hot sauce to my own bowl. The most work here is chopping the vegetables, once that's done everything comes together so quickly. Thanks for the recipe I will make this again.

  • Katy's mom
    Dec 10, 2020

    You don't really need a pressure cooker for this recipe. It just adds a lot of unnecessary busywork unless you actually need to tenderize something. Diced potatoes cook rapidly right on the stovetop. The recipe itself sounds good

  • Gardenann
    Aug 9, 2020

    The soup was really good! I made a few changes but not many. Yummy.

  • Vicki
    Feb 8, 2020

    I loved this recipe and so did my husband. He is pretty picky, so that makes it a great recipe for me. He doesn't like the texture of cooked onion and I didn't have garlic on hand. I added a couple tablespoons of granulated onion and 1 teaspoon of granulated garlic instead. I would add just a bit more cream (or milk) next time as it was thicker than I like. I will make it again.