This gluten free smoked oyster chowder is quick and easy to make, and full of rich flavors. The unexpected smokiness from the smoked oysters adds so much flavor to this creamy chowder. No flour or Roux needed!
This homemade chowder is the perfect comfort food for anyone who loves chowder!
This easy gluten free smoked oyster chowder is absolutely delicious.
My son has been asking me to make a gluten free chowder since we went gluten free six years ago. I made a few attempts at a gluten free roux, but none really worked the way I had hoped. (Talk about recipe fails!!)
Creating a chowder without a roux might be easier. Potatoes would add a lot of substance and thickness to this soup…but I wasn’t sure if these potatoes could thicken this soup enough that I could skip the roux. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know I love a food chemistry challenge!!
This experiment worked!! You will find this is one of the best chowders out there…and it was made in one pot. Nice and easy!
The star of this recipe is the smoked oysters. I often wondered what to do with smoked oysters, but this article has so many great ideas. The smoked oysters added a smokey richness to this gluten free chowder recipe that is hard to duplicate. This soup isn’t quite thick enough to be an oyster stew, but with more potato and seafood, it could come close!
This soup isn’t quite thick enough to be an oyster stew, but with more potato and seafood, it could come close!
And even better, my son LOVED this chowder.
This chowder is full of cod, smoked oysters, and potato chunks….and even better, gluten and wheat free!
Types of Chowder
This chowder recipe is made based on New England Clam Chowder. I love the milky creaminess of these types of chowders. New England chowders have a heavy cream base. You can also find chowders based on Manhattan Chowders. This type of chowder has a tomato base.
Easy Oyster Chowder Variations:
You know how much we love soups and stews that you can adjust! This oyster chowder is no different and can be customized to your liking. Here are some ideas:
- Red Potatoes – If you don’t have brown potatoes on hand, no biggie! You can replace them with red potatoes, and every bite will be just as scrumptious!
- Mushrooms – If you are a fan of mushrooms, you should add in a few! They give an earthy flavor to the dish that can’t be beaten.
- Onions – Can’t live without onions? Add some in this chowder and gobble up a bowl of hot soup.
- Bacon – Seriously, everything is better when you add some salty bacon!
- Spinach – Spinach is a perfect ingredient to add in so you can have some extra nutrients. Bonus points if your kids and spouse don’t notice!
You can also use my roux free recipe to create a seafood chowder. Just use your favorite seafood!
What To Serve With Smoked Oyster Chowder
Excited to make some yummy oyster chowder, but aren’t sure what to serve with it? I have you covered with these flavorful ideas:
- Cast Iron Skillet Gluten Free Focaccia Bread
- Mardi Gras Jambalaya Stuffed Baked Potatoes
- Gluten Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich With Brie, Apples, and Bacon
- Bacon Wrapped Maple Baked Cornish Game Hen
Interesting Facts About Smoked Oysters:
If you aren’t accustomed to eating smoked oysters, you might be a little scared of them. Don’t worry; they are delicious and packed full of healthy nutrients you are going to want in your life. Here are some interesting facts you might like to know:
- You can eat oysters right out of the can! You don’t have to heat them up or anything. Serve them with some gluten free crackers and your taste buds will thank you!
- A can of smoked oysters has a shelf life of 3-5 years! If you want to stockpile healthy food, this is one to add to your list. And if you are in California, smoked oysters are a great idea for those earthquake supply kits!
- Oysters are a shellfish that has vitamin C, zinc, protein, iron, and selenium. (Selenium is great for keeping your brain happy!)
- Smoked oysters are keto friendly, gluten free and paleo! So you can enjoy this guilt-free pleasure whenever you like!
How Do You Store Leftover Oyster Soup?
Store any leftover oyster soup in an airtight glass container. The oyster chowder will last around 2 days in the fridge. If you notice an abnormally fishy odor or it becomes slimy, then it is time to throw it out.
To reheat the oyster soup, warm it up on the stove in a pot stirring occasionally. Heat it on low heat so it doesn’t burn. It should be warm in 10-15 minutes.
Can You Freeze Oyster Chowder?
Technically, yes you can freeze oyster chowder. I don’t really recommend it because the texture of the potatoes will not be very good once you reheat the chowder. You can always give it a try and see if you like it, but typically I don’t care for reheated potatoes after they have been frozen.
More Delicious Soup Recipes to Try:
- Fresh Cod (1 pound)
- Smoked Oysters (canned)
- Russet Potatoes
- Olive Oil (or avocado oil)
- Sage, Salt, and Pepper
- Hungarian Paprika
- Yellow Miso Paste
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 203 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 33mg Sodium: 327mg Carbohydrates: 20g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 1g Protein: 16g