You can make this rich creamy Instant Pot clam chowder recipe in about 30 minutes. This recipe makes a comforting warm chowder that is full of tender potatoes, carrots, and celery, and loaded with sweet pieces of clams.
The first step, peel potatos and cut them into 1/2 inch cubes. Let them sit in a bowl of water so they do not turn brown.
Peel carrots and cut into small cubes
Chop celery stalks into small pieces the same size as your carrots are.
Peel and mince garlic gloves
Open the can of clams and drain the liquid into the 6 qt Instant Pot pan. Set the clams aside.
Place cubed potatoes, onion, celery, carrots, garlic, bottled clam juice, chicken broth, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and black pepper in the 6-quart electric pressure cooker.
Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook to high pressure for 15 minutes. Quick release pressure.
Whisk flour and heavy whipping cream in a bowl until smooth.
Select the saute button and adjust for low heat. Stir in the flour and cream mixture.
Cook on sautee mode string until slightly thickened, 6-8 minutes. Stir in clams; heat through.
If you like a thick chowder then remove 1/2 of the chowder from the instant pot pan and then using your immersion blender, blend the chowder in the instant pot until creamy. Add the other half of the chowder back in to to the pot and stir.
Clams: canned clams are best for this chowder. If you can buy minced clams but if they only have whole then give them a good chopping before you put them in the pressure cooker. Another bonus is, canned clams are inexpensive compared to fresh clams and all you have to do is open the can.
Garlic: be sure to use fresh minced garlic for the best flavor.
Clam juice: if you have trouble finding it in your grocery store, it is usually on the top shelf above the canned tuna.
Potatos: I like to peel the potatoes so pieces of potato skin do not float around in the chowder. However, if you like a really chunky chowder then leaving the skins on is perfectly fine. It is best to use russet potatoes or red potatoes for this recipe.
Serving SuggestionsSet out a combination of toppings and let everyone choose what to add to their bowl of chowder for their own taste. This chowder would also be wonderful served in a bread bowl for a filling meal.
Crispy bacon bits
Shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped Cowboy Candy (Sweet & Spicy Jalapenos)
Shake on some hot sauce
Crispy fried onions (the kind that comes in a can)