clam and ham choweder, gluten-free and lactose-free
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Clam And Ham Chowder ~ Gluten and Lactose-Free

Clam and ham chowder; maybe it’s a good thing I forgot to buy bacon! Even though I had bacon on my grocery list, I still somehow, for the second time, forgot to buy it. Clam chowder had been on my mind for a while, and it had been years since I had made any, and never with lactose-free or dairy-free milk.

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I’ve purchased ready-made many times and added salmon and potatoes to “hearty” it up a bit. The brand I bought was called Safe Harvest Dairy Free Clam Chowder.

I decided to try lactose-free milk first because I knew the flavor would be similar to the original, if not exact. I wanted to keep the fat content down, and since I forgot the bacon, lean ham would be even easier.  We will also skip the heavy cream in this chowder and stick to 2% lactose-free milk.

For this ham and clam chowder, I used butter for the roux, but any other fat is fine:

  • Bacon grease or any animal fat
  •  Oil
  • Non-dairy butter substitute

clam and ham choweder, gluten-free and lactose-free


To Make Clam And Ham Chowder, You Will Need These Ingredients:

  • Lean ham (any leftovers from previous meals or holidays will work)
  • Canned clams (I used minced)
  • Golden potatoes
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Lactose-free 2% milk or non-dairy
  • Butter or a non-dairy substitute ~ oil is fine, but butter will provide more flavor.
  • Gluten-free flour ~ regular all-purpose if not gluten-free, I used King Arthur Gluten Free Measure For Measure Flour
  • Bottled clam juice
  • Cornstarch
  • Bay leaf
  • Dried thyme
  • Celery salt
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Optional dash of hot sauce


clam and ham chowder, gluten and lactose-free

While the chowder is cooking, make some quick homemade dinner rolls. These rolls make great dunkers in the chowder too.

Easy dinner rolls

Clam And Ham Chowder

Easy hearty homemade clam chowder with ham, potatoes, and minced clams. Gluten and lactose-free.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: clam and ham chowder, gluten-free, lactose-free, less fat, no nuts
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 440kcal
Author: Mary Krick


  • 1 lb Lean ham ~ diced
  • 1 medium Onion ~ chopped
  • 2 stalks Celery ~ chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic ~ or 2 tsp minced
  • 2 tbsp Butter ~ or non-dairy substitute
  • 3 tbsp Gluten-Free flour ~ or regular all-purpose if not gluten-free
  • 8 ounce Bottled clam juice
  • 4 cups 2% Lactose Free milk ~ or non-dairy
  • 1/2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 6 cups Golden potatoes ~ cubed
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 4 7-ounce cans Minced or chopped clams
  • 1/2 tsp Salt ~ to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper ~ to taste


  • In a large kettle add cubed ham, onions, celery, and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes. If needed you can add a tablespoon of oil or butter. I have never needed to.
  • Add butter and allow it to melt.
  • Stir in flour and let mixture cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the bottled clam juice mixing well.
  • In a measuring cup add 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch with some of the milk. Add this mixture and the rest of the milk to the soup. Stir well.
  • Add cubed potatoes, bay leaf, and spices. Stir to combine.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally so the bottom doesn't burn.
  • Add clams with their juice. Stir to combine well.
  • Cover and let simmer 20 minutes.
  • Add additional salt and pepper to taste.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 705mg | Potassium: 1584mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 487IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 245mg | Iron: 4mg

Homemade clam and ham chowder gluten and lactose free


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