Seafood Chowder with Coconut Milk


This recipe is so delicious, that I’m posting it before I even have a picture for it. You’ll have to deal with a placeholder image for the time being. The Portland winter rain is limiting my photo shoots to near impossible.

When making this recipe, I threw things into the pot and stirred. I really didn’t measure much, so the quantities below are estimates, especially the clams and clam juice.

Recipe inspired by Cody Limbaugh


4 strips of bacon, diced into 1/2 inch square pieces
2 large onions, diced
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 stick of butter
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
2 cans of coconut milk
1 cup of clam juice
1 cup (or normal can size) of clams
8 oz fresh crab meat (optional)
3/4 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2″ cubes
salt and pepper


In a stock pot or dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon until the fat is rendered and the bacon is browned. Add the onion and garlic, cook until softened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Toss in the stick of butter and stir occasionally.

Once the butter has melted, add the coconut milk, clam juice, bay leaves, thyme, clams, crab (if using), and sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sweet potatoes are soft. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

8 Responses to “Seafood Chowder with Coconut Milk”

  1. Lindsay Nied says:

    Yum! I want to try this! What would you substitute the bacon for?

  2. Xyalina says:

    mmmm…… good. I’ve tried so many of your recipes and there hasn’t been one yet that I dislike. Keep ‘em comin’! :)

  3. Amy Dobrinick says:

    I want to try this but I don’t like clams. Is there another substitute? I thought butter wasn’t allowed with paleo.

    • amyselleck says:

      You can use any mix of seafood that you like. It works well with salmon, shrimp, crab, or even cod. And yes, you’re right. Butter isn’t technically paleo and can be omitted in this recipe. However, butter can be paleo if you use grass fed butter.

  4. Dirk Baeuerle says:

    I am diabetic and cannot do potatoes, including sweet potatoes. What can I replace for them? Can it be done without them?


    • amyselleck says:

      I’ve made the recipe without potatoes and it turned out great. Another option to try, which I’ve never done before, is celery root or turnips. You might try roasting the diced turnips/celery root for a bit to soften them up before putting them in the soup.

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