Seafood Chowder from Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook

seafood chowder

Now that I’m NOT in the middle of writing any more cookbooks for a while, I’m actually able to cook from the ones I have and it’s been really enjoyable just enjoying the fruits of my labors and not still laboring… The weather has finally turned a little and we have had some much needed rain and a few chilly nights which has been nice – and cozy! The last couple of weeks however have been totally nuts with family visiting, major gas leaks in our house that nearly killed us all, and celebrating Jaden turning 11 and Rowan turning 7 – so just a few minor (sarcasm) things that have kept me a little more quiet than usual in internet land but crazy as a barrel of monkeys in my life. Speaking of life, it always has its ups and downs, its madness and chaos, and its quiet – and now I’m trying out just a smidge of quiet for at least this week and so I found some time to write this post and share with you one of our favorite recipes from the Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook.

I made this recipe a few nights ago and subbed regular potatoes for sweet potatoes for a more classic clam chowder result. John calls it restaurant quality when I make it this way but I prefer the chowder the way it’s called for in the book – with sweet potatoes, but I’ll let you decide what you like best but most of all, I hope you enjoy!!! Pictured is the soup from the book, when you use white potatoes, it looks more classic clam chowder-y.




Seafood Chowder

2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter

1 medium white onion, diced

8 bacon strips, chopped (optional)

6 celery stalks, diced

5 cups peeled and cubed sweet potatoes (or white potatoes)

1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk or 1 3/4 cups heavy cream

2 cups chicken broth

10 ounce can of clams plus juice

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

1 bay leaf

1 pound wild-caught shrimp, deveined with shells and tail removed or other seafood of your choice

Minced Italian Parsley for garnish

Prep time: 35 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Serves 4-5 

  1. In a large soup pot, sauté the onion in coconut oil over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the diced bacon and cook until the bacon is crisp, stirring often.
  3. Add the celery and sweet potatoes and sauté for another 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add the coconut milk, chicken broth, clam juice, and black pepper and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the bay leaf and let the soup simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  6. Using a potato masher, gently mash the cooked sweet potatoes to help thicken the chowder, making sure to still leave some of the potatoes chunky.
  7. Add the shrimp to the chowder and cook for 5 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and tender.
  8. While the shrimp are cooking, drain the clams and chop them into small pieces; add them to the chowder, just until warm. Serve the soup immediately, topped with the fresh minced parsley if desired.


Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. Renee P. says:

    We really enjoyed this tonight! The clams I bought from Trader Joe’s were a little weird because there were some black parts (perfectly normal but just didn’t look appetizing) but everything was tasty and my kids even enjoyed it! Our favorite part was all the bacon 🙂
    I made it with russet potatoes.

    1. Nice!! So glad you all enjoyed it!

  2. Bethany says:

    Hi Sarah! This looks wonderful. Is there a brand of canned clams that you’d recommend? Unfortunately, my past experiences with canned clams have been…not so great. I was wondering what you use. Thanks!

    1. Lorraine says:

      I used chopped Bumble Bee clams and thought they worked well.

  3. K Spencer says:

    Made this with the sweet potato… Delicious!

  4. Valerie says:

    I haven’t even finished my bowl of chodwer….this is soooooo good! Thank you!

    1. Yay Valerie! So glad you like the chowder! This is one of our favorite meals also. 🙂

  5. Valerie says:

    Oh….I swapped cauliflower for the potato.

    1. Nice low carb alternative, great idea thank you!

  6. Jordan says:

    Would it taste too “fishy” to use seafood broth rather than chicken broth?

  7. Brittany says:

    Could I substitute a chopped up fish for the clams ?

  8. SBecker says:

    Very good! What is the nutritional info. Carbs, Fat and calories? Thank you!

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