Seafood Chowder Under Pressure

READY IN: 20mins




  • Heat the pressure cooker over medium heat and fry the diced bacon until crisp. Keep an eye on it, if there is not enough fat that comes from the bacon add a bit of oil to keep it from sticking, if necessary. Remove the bacon and set aside.
  • With the leftover fat and/or oil, cook onions, garlic, red pepper, and celery until slightly soft, about 3 minutes. Add the potatoes, clams, crab, and fish, salt, pepper, thyme (stems removed), and bay leaves.
  • Put the reserved liquids from the clam and crab into a measuring cup. Use this liquid and add other liquid to make up 3.5 cups. You can use water, broth, or dashi stock. I used veggie broth for mine. Stir to mix and lock the lid in place. Bring to pressure and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and use natural release to depressurize. If in a hurry, you can quick cool it as well. Carefully remove the lid and remove the bay leaves. Take a potato masher and mash the soup so it will be thicker. Add the half and half or cream and bacon. Do a taste test to see if you would like to add a bit of old bay seasoning. (I added about 2 pinches worth). Simmer for a few minutes, but do not let it boil. Serve with bread or crackers.