15 Minute New England Clam Chowder
By :HipPressureCooking
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Votes: 43
Rating: 4.51
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Course Soup
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Fish & Seafood
Duration less than 15 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Clams, Milk, Potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 11 ounces fresh clams 12-24
  • 2 cups clam juice (see instructions to make your own, above)
  • 1 cup smoked and cured bacon (or pancetta) cubed
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup tarty white wine
  • 2 Medium potatoes cubed skin on
  • 1 Bay Laurel Leaf
  • 1 Sprig Thyme
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (or red pepper flakes)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Fish & Seafood
Duration less than 15 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Clams, Milk, Potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 11 ounces fresh clams 12-24
  • 2 cups clam juice (see instructions to make your own, above)
  • 1 cup smoked and cured bacon (or pancetta) cubed
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup tarty white wine
  • 2 Medium potatoes cubed skin on
  • 1 Bay Laurel Leaf
  • 1 Sprig Thyme
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (or red pepper flakes)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
Votes: 43
Rating: 4.51
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Instructions
  1. Prepare the clams and make your own clam juice as detailed, above.
  2. In the cold pressure cooker, with the top off, add the bacon and turn on the heat at a low flame. When the bacon releases it's fat and it begins to sizzle, add the onion, salt and pepper and raise the heat to medium.
  3. When the onions have softened, add the wine and scrape all of the brown delicious bits off the bottom of the pan to incorporate into your sauce.
  4. Let the wine evaporate almost completely and then add the diced potatoes, clam juice. If you do not have 2 cups of juice, compensate the rest with water. Bay Leaf, Thyme, and Cayenne Pepper.
  5. Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker.
  6. Cook for 5 minutes at high pressure.
  7. When time is up, open the cooker by releasing the pressure.
  8. While the potatoes are pressure cooking, make a roux to thicken the chowder by blending equal amounts of butter and flour over low heat and stirring constantly with a small wooden spoon until they are both well blended.
  9. To the open pressure cooker add the clam meat, cream, milk and roux.
  10. Stir well, and simmer all of the ingredients in the pressure cooker, with the top off, at medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
  11. Serve garnished with soup crackers or inside a bread bowl.
32 replies
  1. Sk33071
    Sk33071 says:

    We really liked this recipe. Flavor was great. The next time I won’t add so much liquid. I’d prefer a little thicker.

  2. Doris Liebrecht
    Doris Liebrecht says:

    I substituted frozen mixed seafood instead of clams. This recipe only yields 4 servings. I will double recipe next time. Bery yummy even kids gave it two thumbs up 🙂

  3. Sandpgould
    Sandpgould says:

    This was delicious. Even my 12 yr old grandson declared it “clam”tastic! I made it exactly as stated in the recipe and it was great. Will definately make it again.
    And to answer the question about subbing something for the wine…chicken or vegetable broth would work fine, i would think.

  4. Realtor_vickie
    Realtor_vickie says:

    My first time ever making Clam Chowder, I used fancy whole baby clams in a can, added unslated chicken broth instead of water to equal the two cups. Tatse delicious, however next time I will work on thikcness as mine came out more like soup than chowder.

  5. Melgut2
    Melgut2 says:

    It was amazing even better the next day. next time won’t add the wine. Would add more clams.

  6. Denise99
    Denise99 says:

    Awesome soup – so easy. The only thing I do different is that I use a mix of small potatoes.

  7. belonj
    belonj says:

    Fantastic! The recipe should note it is best with whole milk and 35% cream.

    I added Frank’s Hot Sauce just before serving too make it really pop.

  8. Vanripsm
    Vanripsm says:

    My Instant Pot does not have a medium setting so I had to stay on saute and the bacon didnt crisp up. The instructions say to cook the Roux while the potatoes are cooking but the Roux cooked and then proceeded to burn giving the Chowder a burned flavor. The chowder never thickened to a creamytexture

  9. HipPressureCooking
    HipPressureCooking says:

    Vanripsm, your Instant Pot’s “medium” heat is called “normal” it’s usually the default setting on “Saute'” – remember that if you raised the setting to “more” even once, the Instant Pot will remember that and immediately start sautee’ing on “high”. You can re-set that either simply pushing the “saute'” button, again or pressing the “adjust button” depending on what model you have.

    Ciao!

    L

  10. teeoreo77
    teeoreo77 says:

    For some reason I cannot locate where the how to make clam juice instructions are…can someone please help me? Haha

  11. Jniziolek
    Jniziolek says:

    Great recipe, doubled it and fit perfectly in thr 6 quart pot. I would suggest doubling the amount of rue to make the chowder a bit thicker but as is was a great tasting chowder.

  12. Mommaof2
    Mommaof2 says:

    Loved it. Should have doubled it. I found it salty though. I think with the 1tsp of salt, bacon and clam juice it was too much. Next time ill omit the 1tsp of salt. Definetly need more roux to thicken. I used 1/2 cup of butter and equal parts of flour. I mixed in the cream into that to warm it then added it all.

  13. instantpotapp
    instantpotapp says:

    So far, I’ve noticed that none of the recipes can be prepared in the indicated amount of time. Perhaps if you have a sou chef to measure and cut up everything and have it ready for you to begin, the time listed might come close. Otherwise, this was a tasty recipe. It was not the same as the New England Clam Chowder we are used to it New England, but it was still good and I might make it again.

  14. Stew
    Stew says:

    I just served it at work for a team lunch and got rave reviews, including “best clam chowder I’ve ever had.”!

    However, I cheated. I doubled the quantities of “lumps” – bacon, clams and potatoes. And there was plenty of clam broth in the canned clams I got, so I didn’t need the bottled clam juice.

  15. LollsCooks
    LollsCooks says:

    Great hearty clam chowder recipe, that lives up to a NE girls standards. I recommend doubling if more than 3 people are eating. Definitely takes longer than 15 minutes! Total time is more around an hour.

  16. slmosher
    slmosher says:

    This took a little longer than it said it would and it was pretty watery. We ended up tripling the roux and it was perfect!
    Delicious!!!

  17. Chihuahua
    Chihuahua says:

    Wowza tasty soup. Doubled the roux as suggested-worked great. Used sauvignon blanc…next time i wont reduce it quite as much.

  18. Hscottellis
    Hscottellis says:

    This was the second recipe I ever prepared with the instapot. I used fresh clams and then supplemented it with scallops and extra fresh clams that the seafood department had already removed from the shells. I love NE Clam chowder and almost always order it when I go to a restaurant. This recipe was, HANDS DOWN, better than any version I’ve had at a restaurant. Simply incredible!

  19. Gianluca70
    Gianluca70 says:

    Love this recipe, so easy. I never made Clam Chowder before because I thought it was too difficult. I added a can of smoked oysters and this turned out to be the best Clam Chowder I ever had. Thank you!

  20. RLavelle
    RLavelle says:

    This recipe is fantastic. Thicken to taste, I used potato flour and it did take more than a few tablespoons to get it to the thickness we like. It does take longer than 15 minutes, I’ve made it twice now and it took over an hour both times, but worth the wait!

  21. ekdrake
    ekdrake says:

    This recipe is the best I’ve made since I got my IP! I had never made clam chowder before, but it seemed less intimidating as an IP recipe; and it was easy and delicious! A keeper recipe. It took longer than 15 minutes, but definetly well under an hour. I used all whole milk, no cream and it was great.

  22. Ms_FixIt
    Ms_FixIt says:

    I omitted the thyme and substituted chicken broth for the white wine. It was delicious! My only note would be that unless you are on a portion controlled diet, this recipe does NOT yield 4-6 servings. This barely fed my family of three (2 adults, 1 child).

  23. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Soups serving sizes are typically based on a standard soup bowl 1 – 1.5 cups of soup. We recommend increasing the serving size if it is a main dish. Serving sizes can easily be increased using our app and it will automatically adjust the ingredient amount needed.

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