This is a quick New England Style Keto Clam Chowder recipe with just 10g net carbs per serving. It's a creamy festival of fish.
"NO SOUP FOR YOU!!" -Seinfeld
Today I made a big pot of Keto Clam Chowder, so naturally, I'm thinking about the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld. He was, of course, the purveyor of the best soup in Manhattan. But he was very picky about this customers. If you upset the Soup Nazi, there was no soup for you.
But chowder, let’s discuss it.
As you may or may not know, a chowder is a soup made from seafood, with a milk or tomato base. It usually includes vegetables like potatoes, onions, celery and carrots as well as small pieces of bacon. And while any kind of seafood can go into a chowder, the most poplar fish to use is clams.
The soup originated in New England in the 1700’s, where it was made to warm you up and stick to your bones.
What is the difference between Manhattan, Rhode Island and New England Clam Chowder?
New England Style Chowder is cream based and uses potatoes, onions, celery and clams. Manhattan Style Chowder has a tomato broth base and in addition to the potatoes, onion and celery, it might have green peppers and carrots. And last but not least, you have your Rhode Island Clam Chowder, which has a thin broth base that may or may not involve tomato sauce. It includes the same kinds of vegetables, but uses quahog clams instead of the classic clams you can buy in a can.
And all three chowders can have bacon in them because…bacon.
Is clam chowder Keto?
Traditional clam chowder is close to being Keto, but the high carb potatoes are a deal killer. But not to worry, the Keto Clam Chowder recipe that I am going to share with you today swaps out the potatoes with daikon radishes, so the carb count is just 10g net carbs per bowl.
What are the ingredients in this Keto Clam Chowder?
To make this low carb clam chowder, you’ll need: bacon, onion, celery, xanthan gum, clam juice, clams, daikon radishes, a bay leaf, dried thyme, heavy whipping cream and fresh parsley. And if you can’t find daikon radishes at your local grocery store, you can use regular radishes or chopped cauliflower.
How do you cook Keto Clam Chowder?
You start by frying sliced bacon in a pan. Then remove it and add onions and celery to the pan and cook until softened. Add clam juice, water, spices and daikon radishes and heat through. Remove a ½ cup of the broth and mix it with xanthan gum. Return the slurry to the pan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until the daikon radishes are tender and the soup has thickened. Add bacon, cream, clams and parsley to the pan and simmer until heated through.
And that’s all she wrote.
It takes about 40 minutes to whip up a pot of Keto Clam Chowder that has only 360 calories and 10g net carbs per bowl.
So here you go, some soup for you!Print
New England Style Keto Clam Chowder
This is a quick low carb New England Clam Chowder with 10g net carbs per serving.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- Category: Entree
- Cuisine: American
4 slices bacon, cut into ¼ inch pieces
½ cup onion, diced
½ cup celery, diced
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
1 (8z) jar clam juice
3 (6.5oz) chopped or whole clams, strained and juice reserved
½ cup water
1 cup daikon radish or cauliflower, diced
1 bay leaf
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- Fry bacon in a large skillet or Dutch Oven over medium heat until crispy, 5-6 minutes. Remove from the pan and drain oil on paper towels.
- Add onion and celery and cook until softened, 5 minutes.
- Add clam juice, reserved clam juice, water, bay leaf, thyme, daikon radish or cauliflower, salt and pepper.
- Once the broth is heated through, take out ½ cup broth and dissolve xanthan gum in it. Return to the soup pan and mix well.
- Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes until radish or cauliflower is tender and soup has thickened.
- Add bacon, cream, clams and parsley to the pan and bring back to a simmer.
- Serve as soon as the soup is heated through.
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 360
- Fat: 17
- Carbohydrates: 12
- Fiber: 2
- Protein: 38
Keywords: Low Carb Clam Chowder, Keto Clam Chowder, New England Clam Chowder