AIP Clam Chowder

It is c-c-c-old right now where I live.  In the middle of winter, it is sometimes a good thing to fill your belly with a hearty clam chowder.  Here is an AIP version, which uses white sweet potatoes in place of regular white potatoes (nightshades).

I know that clams are not to everyone’s taste (my sister told me there’s no way she would eat clam chowder!), but if you are a clam fan, this is a great way to get a little more seafood into your diet.

Stay warm, my friends!




AIP Clam Chowder                  By

  • 1/2 C. chopped bacon (check labels!)
  • 1/2 C. chopped onion
  • 1/2 C. chopped celery
  • 1/2 C. grated carrot
  • 2 C. peeled, diced white sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 t. sea salt
  • 1/2 t. black pepper (omit for elimination phase of AIP)
  • 2 – 6.5 oz. cans chopped clams, drained, liquid reserved (again, check labels!)
  • 13.5 oz. can full-fat coconut milk
  1. In a soup pot over medium heat, fry the bacon.  (Don’t let it burn!  Keep it moving.)  When the bacon is crispy, remove it with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Add all vegetables to the pot with the remaining bacon fat along with salt and pepper, if using.  Sauté for 2 minutes.  Turn heat down to medium low.  Cover.  Sweat the vegetables for about 15 minutes, or until veggies are soft.
  3. Return the heat to medium.  Add the clams, and sauté for a minute.
  4. Add reserved clam juice and coconut milk.
  5. Heat through to a bare simmer.
  6. Stir in the crispy bacon pieces.
  7. Serve!
  8. Feel warm inside.  😋


  1. Oh my goodness, I made this with Kohlrabi (not even peeled, and to make it low carb) instead of the sweet potatoes and in my instant pot and it was amazing!! Thank you!

  2. I loved it!! I only had one can of clams but went for it anyway! Delicious!

  3. Just made this with fresh sea clams, ground up into paste in the Vitamix so they didn’t turn into rubber bands. It was delicious! My husband (very fussy about his “chowda” -we are from New England, after all), said it was really really really(!) good! 👍 I was leery about the coconut milk but it was yummy!

    • Hi, Beth! WOW! That is some high praise, coming from a couple of New Englanders! Thank you. I know what you mean about coconut milk. I try to cover up the taste in my recipes with other things so that it doesn’t taste so coconutty. So glad you liked it! 🙂

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