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! If you love chowder, here are some more delicious gluten free soup recipes you will want to make!
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!
What do you do with smoked oysters
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 potatoes 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.
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 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 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:
- This Chicken Taco Soup is a kid-favorite soup!
- Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Soup is perfect for fall.
- If you love noodles, this Gluten Free Ramen Soup is going to become your favorite!
- Grab a slow cooker and try this homemade creamy Gluten Free Mushroom Soup.
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Cod and Smoked Oyster Chowder
- 1 pound fresh cod
- 1 can smoked oysters in olive oil
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups milk
- 2 large russet potatoes peeled and chopped
- avocado or olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage thinly sliced
- 2 large leeks sliced and washed
- 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
- 1 teaspoon yellow miso paste
- 1 teaspoon salt more if you like
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- In a large pot, brown leeks in oil for 4 minutes.
- Add cod and water.
- Cover and bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes until cod is cooked.
- Add potatoes, oysters, paprika, sage, miso, salt, pepper, and milk.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Stir occasionally to prevent sticking to bottom of the pot.
- Serve hot.
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