Clam Chowder


  • 13 ounces chopped clams
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 onion
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh tyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 lbs gold potatoes
  • 1/3 cups half and half
  • snipped chives
  • Drain clams, reserving up to 2 cups of clam juice. If needed, add enough water to clam juice to make 2 cups.
  • Add diced bacon to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the fat has rendered, but the bacon is not crispy.
  • Add onion, butter, thyme and celery seed or celery. Deglaze by using a wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pot, then saute until onion is soft, 3-4 minutes.
  • Add garlic, salt and pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes more.
  • Add clam juice and potatoes and stir to combine.
  • Turn the pot off by selecting CANCEL, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  • Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 4 minutes.
  • When the time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 4 minutes, then quick-release the remaining pressure.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove about half the potatoes to a bowl and set aside. Remove thyme sprigs and discard.
  • Use an immersion blender to process soup mixture until smooth. Return reserved potatoes to the pot along with the clams and half and half.
  • Cook and stir on the WARM function until chowder is heated through. (Switch to the SAUTE function if needed, but do not boil.)
  • Garnish with snipped chives
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