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New England Clam Chowder Recipe Instant Pot

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Instant Pot New England Clam Chowder is going to be your new favorite way to cook up clam chowder soup. Get that rich and creamy chowder, cooked in a fraction of the time.

If you are a soup lover, I have a few more Instant Pot soup recipes you might want to check out. Broccoli cheese soup, chicken noodle, carrot ginger soup, or even my chicken taco soup.

New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder is always a favorite of mine to order at the restaurant. Now, I make my own homemade chowder at home, and I have leftovers to enjoy.

This is by far the best clam chowder recipe, that you will want to make and serve your family or a crowd.

How to Make

The full ingredient list and directions are printed below in the printable recipe card. This is just added help for making the soup if you are a visual learner.

Step 1: Turn the Instant Pot to saute, and add in your oil and onions. You will want to cook them stirring occasionally to help soften and make onions translucent.

Step 2: Then you will add in your chopped clams, and cornstarch, stirring well. You need to make sure it is all well incorporated.

Step 3: Add in the remaining ingredients and cook as directed below. Once done do a quick release.

Turn the pressure cooker to saute and finish cooking and thickening up your savory clam chowder soup.

Can I Add Extra Clams To Chowder

If you are a super fan of clams, go right ahead and add in extra. I love the amount that is in the recipe. But, this recipe can be adapted to fit what you might want in terms of flavor and texture.

What Are The Best Potatoes To Use

I used russet potatoes for this soup. Now, you could even swap for a Yukon gold if you would like. I prefer to peel and dice my potatoes. I find the skins can really alter the texture of the chowder.

If you like peels on potatoes go ahead and leave them on if you would like.

What To Serve With Clam Chowder

I love using bread to dip in my chowder. You could also pair with a sandwich to lighten up for a lunch. Or even a crisp green salad.

This dish is hearty enough it can be eaten alone, or you can serve with any or all your favorite sides.

Storing Leftover Chowder

You can store your chowder in the fridge for a few days. Due to the clams always use your best judgment in terms of quality. When in doubt, toss it out.

Since this is a thick and creamy based chowder, you will find it does not freeze well. The dairy in the soup will curdle and affect the texture once it thaws from being frozen. So it is best to not freeze any leftover soup you may have.

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Yield: 6 servings

New England Clam Chowder Soup Recipe

clam chowder in white bowl

New England Clam Chowder soup recipe is one of our favorite comfort food soups. This is a creamy soup that is so full of flavor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


    1. Turn your Instant Pot to sauté mode. When the pot is hot, add the oil and the chopped onions. Saute the onions for 2-3 minutes.
    2. Add to clams and corn starch to the inner pot and mix.
    3. Add in potatoes, salt, pepper, water, and half-and-half. Stir well.
    4. Place your lid on the Instant Pot. Set your instant pot to high pressure for 3 minutes.
    5. Allow for a quick pressure release, and then open the Instant Pot when all the pressure has been released.
    6. Push cancel on the Instant Pot and then select saute. Let the soup cook on saute for about 10 minutes to let it thicken.
    7. Top with parsley.


The ingredients for this soup can vary and adapt to the seafood you have at your disposal. While using clams is pretty much the base of the dish, feel free not to use them.
You can also use squid, crayfish, crabs, prawns, and other mussels.

If you like to decorate your dishes, you can arrange more onion cubes and chopped parsley in each serving bowl. In that case, you have to anticipate a little more than the amounts indicated in the ingredient list.

If you want to dress the soup, you can add the juice of a quarter of a lemon (or half, if you are a very big fan) to each dish. Another school prefers to add a splash of dry white wine to the broth during cooking. If that's the case, it doesn't make much sense to add more acid to the recipe.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 634Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 139mgSodium 2069mgCarbohydrates 62gFiber 4gSugar 14gProtein 41g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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