Saffron-Kissed Gluten-Free Seafood Chowder

Here’s a tip for making this light-yet-decadent gluten-free seafood chowder: let the clams sit in a bowl of well-salted water in the fridge for at least one hour and up to several hours so they purge their sand, making it easier for you to prepare them.

Saffron-Kissed Gluten-Free Seafood Chowder

Servings 4
Calories 347 kcal


  • 16 littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 large leek, white and light green parts, rinsed and sliced
  • 4 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1-1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Generous pinch saffron threads
  • 1 (8-ounce) bottle clam juice
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 pounds thick cod fillet, cut into 1-1/2-inch chunks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a large pot with a lid, combine the clams and 3 cups water. Cover, bring to a boil, and steam until the clams open, 6 to 8 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the clams to a large bowl, discarding any that failed to open. Boil the liquid, uncovered, until reduced slightly, about 5 minutes. Strain the clam cooking liquid through a fine-mesh sieve lined with 2 paper towels into a bowl and reserve.
  2. In a large, clean pot, add the butter and oil and warm over medium heat. Add the garlic, leek, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are soft and fragrant, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the wine and simmer for 1 minute. Stir in the potatoes, saffron, reserved clam cooking liquid, and clam juice and simmer until the potatoes are soft but not falling apart when pierced with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes. Add the cream and return to a simmer. Add the cod, gently shaking the pot to submerge the fish chunks, and simmer until the cod is just cooked and opaque, 5 to 7 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Fill 4 soup bowls with a few clams and some soup, top with dill and a few grinds of pepper, and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Saffron-Kissed Gluten-Free Seafood Chowder
Amount Per Serving
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 138mg6%
Potassium 656mg19%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1211IU24%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photography Christine Han

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