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A white mug full of dairy free clam chowder topped with bacon.

Dairy Free Clam Chowder

This creamy dairy free clam chowder is the perfect cozy soup recipe for a chilly winter night!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free clam chowder
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 381 kcal
Author Dairy Free for Baby


  • 5 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups extra creamy oat milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 6.5-ounce cans chopped clams in clam juice (*liquid will be added to the pot separately than the actual clams)
  • 1 ½ lbs russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into ½- to 1-inch pieces (about 3-4 potatoes)


  1. In a large pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon, leaving the bacon grease in the pot, and set aside on a paper towel lined plate.

  2. Add olive oil to the pot with the bacon grease. Add the onion and celery and cook for 4-5 minutes, until slightly tender. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

  3. Whisk in the flour, letting it absorb any oil in the pot, letting cook for about 1 minute, until lightly toasted. Slowly add stock, continuously whisking and letting it thicken.

  4. Stir in the oat milk, Worcestershire, thyme, salt, pepper, and bay leaf.

  5. Open the cans of clams and pour just the liquid into the pot; do not add the actual clams yet.

  6. Add the potatoes and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes, uncovered, until potatoes are tender.

  7. Stir in the clams. Let cook for another 2-3 minutes. Serve garnished with the bacon. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • For added flavor in the broth, add a bay leaf while the potatoes are cooking.  We usually skip over this because I always seem to be out of them! :)
  • This recipe makes 4 larger servings or 6 smaller appetizer-sized servings. The nutrition analysis below is based on 4 large servings.


Nutrition analysis (approximate per serving): 381 calories, 9 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 1400 mg sodium, 62 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 14 g protein, Vitamin D: 10%, Calcium: 16%, Iron: 16%, Potassium: 24%