Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Tuna or Seafood Chowder
  • 1 to 2 potatoes, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 shredded carrots, about 1 cup or so
  • 1 onion, diced finely
  • ¼ cup butter (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Up to 1 lb shrimp (uncooked or cooked); optional; cut into halves or thirds if needed
  • 1 can tuna (6 ½ ounce), drained and flaked
  • ½ tsp gluten-free Worcestershire sauce (or more, to taste; optional; leave out for refined sugar free)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • Dash of other seasonings if desired, like chives and thyme
  • ¼ cup gluten-free flour (or other thickener), if needed (I use my Two-Ingredient Gluten-Free Flour Mix, if needed)
  • 2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
  1. Sautee potatoes in butter in large saucepan or extra deep skillet for about 5 minutes. Add carrots and onion. Continue sautéing until onions are translucent (about 5 minutes more).
  2. Add chicken broth and then gradually add in milk.
  3. Heat over medium heat until mixture is thick and bubbling.
  4. If adding uncooked shrimp, add now and cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add tuna, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and any other seasonings.
  6. Add in flour (or other thickener).
  7. Cook over medium low heat until potatoes are adequately softened and chowder is thick and tastes like, well, chowder. Add bacon and if adding cooked shrimp, add now and continue cooking over medium low heat just until heated through.
  8. Serve and enjoy. Makes about 4 servings.
I used tuna packed in olive oil, so I drained the olive oil from the can into the skillet and added 2 tablespoons of butter before sautéing carrots and onions. One can use other thickeners like arrowroot, cornstarch, tapioca, potato flakes, or just “cook down” longer over low heat until sauce is reduced/chowder is thickened. Finally, like any other soup I make, I’m always game to add in little bits of “this and that” from the refrigerator. This time it was one cup of brown rice. Potatoes and rice together might seem like too much, but the combination worked just fine and the instant thickness put this chowder on the table faster than usual.
Recipe by gfe--gluten free easily at