October 16, 2013

New England Glam Chowder – VIDEO

by IsaChandra

Serves 6 to 8
Total time: 35 minutes (not including soaking time for cashews)
Active time: 15 minutes

New England Glam Chowder
Photo by Vanessa Rees

This is for all you fishheads out there. A mix of mushrooms stand in for the clams to create a super satisfying chewiness, while some chopped up nori give this chowder a true taste of the sea. It’s thick and creamy and loaded with the finer things, like potatoes and carrots. Crumble some saltines over the top and you’ll be able to hear the Atlantic ocean lapping at your feet. For authenticity, make sure to serve this while talking like a character from a Stephen King movie.

Hope you love the video! Please read more about “Make It Vegan”, my new video series!

New England Glam Chowder

Recipe Notes

~How fishy do you like it? Nori is pretty mild as far as seaweeds go, but the potency varies depending on the brand, and how fresh the nori is. Start with one sheet, then taste after everything is added at the end. If you think it needs more sea, you can still add another chopped up sheet. Just mix it in and let the flavor meld, off the heat, for about 10 miuntes.

~If your nori is really fresh, you don’t even have to chop it (as evidenced in the video), simply crumble it right into the pot.

~To efficiently chop nori, it works to chiffonade it. That means roll up and slice! So tightly roll up your nori sheet like a cigar, and thinly slice. Then run your knife over the curled up bunches to get them into even smaller pieces.

~If you’d like it even more chewy and you have a million dollars to spend on fungi, then go ahead and replace all of the white mushrooms with shiitake.

1 cup cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
2 cups vegetable broth
4 teaspoons organic cornstarch

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced medium
2 medium carrots, peeled, sliced into 1/4 inch thick half moons
3 stalks celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick
4 oz shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
8 oz white button mushrooms, sliced 1/4 inch thick

2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch chunks
3/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste
Fresh black pepper
1 to 2 nori sheets, finely chopped (see note above)
3 cups vegetable broth

2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Optional: fresh chopped parsley or chives for garnish
Saltines for crushing over the top

Preheat a 4 quart pot over medium heat. Saute onion and carrots in the olive oil with a pinch of salt, for about 10 minutes, until carrots are softened.

In the meantime, we’ll make the cashew cream. Drain the cashews and add them to the blender along with the vegetable broth and cornstarch. Blend like crazy, until smooth. This can take anywhere from one to five minutes depending on your machine. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula every now and again to make sure you get everything.

Back to the soup. Add mushrooms and celery. Cook briefly, for about 3 minutes, just until mushrooms are softened. You want them to keep their texture.

Add the potatoes, salt, pepper, nori and vegetable broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Be careful to keep a close eye so as not to overcook them or they will turn into mush.

Stir in the cashew cream mixture, and gently heat, uncovered, for about 7 minutes, until nicely thickened. Add the tomato paste and lemon juice and taste for salt and seasoning. Add a little extra water if it seems too thick. Serve garnished with parsley or chives, if you like, and a few saltine crackers. A wedge of lemon looks pretty, too.

  • October 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm: Amy

    I love the video. We have a nut allergy in our house. I was thinking about using coconut milk for cream, but wondering about the proportions. Can you help me out? Is the goal 2 cups of cream? Thanks!

  • October 16, 2013 at 11:41 pm: Jude

    Can’t wait to try. I’ve made another version with Oyster Mushrooms and it was delish.

  • October 16, 2013 at 11:52 pm: arielle

    if i didn’t already love you, that kelley deal song would have made it so. great video!

  • October 16, 2013 at 11:53 pm: Natalie

    You are hilarious!

  • October 17, 2013 at 12:05 am: MW

    I watched this to hear you talk like Ben Affleck. :( C’mon whatcha doin’ heah?

  • October 17, 2013 at 12:16 am: Eeee


  • October 17, 2013 at 12:29 am: Lisa V.

    You could also add kombu to flavor the base and then remove for serving.

  • October 17, 2013 at 12:31 am: ApricotGinger

    I am allergic to mushrooms. Is there anything you can recommend as a replacement?

  • October 17, 2013 at 1:23 am: Alina

    Made this tonight, it was awesome! Thanks for the recipe :)

  • October 17, 2013 at 2:25 am: Kierstan

    Love it. The video that is. It is perfect soup weather, so I am souper (heh) excited to try it this weekend.

  • October 17, 2013 at 3:35 am: Laura in a Taos

    Made this tonight and it is amazing! I use arrowroot pink place of cornstarch as a rule, and loved the way it thickened up. We had our first snow today here at 7,000 ft., so this was great welcome to Winter comfort food.

  • October 17, 2013 at 4:08 am: Monica

    Loved it, and love all of your recipes! Thank you for sharing!! :D

  • October 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm: Jill

    This is wicked delicious! I didn’t change a single thing and it brought back happy memories. Thanks.

  • October 18, 2013 at 12:46 am: Sonia

    I just made this and it’s FANTASTIC!! I’ve never had actual clam chowder but that’s not important haha. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe (:

  • October 18, 2013 at 1:18 am: Joleanna Ann

    this is SO YUMMY! best chowder i’ve ever had! had to resist a third bowl. allergic to cashews so substituted blanched peeled almonds and it was great. also great b/c gluten issued household so it was perfect, going to make this a lot this winter! thanks Isa!!!!

  • October 18, 2013 at 1:52 am: Ellie

    Made this tonight…it was awesome! Didn’t make any changes, and I was amazed that it actually tasted just like I remember clam chowder tasting! The texture was right on as well, think and creamy. I don’t know how you did it, but if I had had it at a restaurant, I would have double checked with the chef that it wasn’t actually clams and cream.

  • October 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm: Penny

    Sounds delish. Is this recipe in any of your cookbooks?

  • October 19, 2013 at 2:20 am: Katee

    Made this tonight. I loved the fact that these ingredients are all usually on hand (in my house, at least). It’s great, especially if you can be patient enough to let it sit for a bit for the flavors to mingle. I’m thinking maybe lunch tomorrow as well…

  • October 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm: Lisa

    This is so very good. We’re enjoying it very much here, best chowdah evah!
    Will definitely be making this again and again. It’s really excellent with oyster crackers. :)

  • October 19, 2013 at 7:49 pm: Troy

    Thank you for the delicious chowdah recipe!! I just made it, and it’s *fantastic!* The extra sheet of nori made it awesome! I also used some dried mushrooms, because they’re chewier in soups.

  • October 19, 2013 at 10:44 pm: ipsedixit

    Wow, what an awesome recipe! We followed it exactly, and subbed shitaake mushrooms for white. The flavor was complex and fantastic, and it came together quickly. Thanks, Isa!

  • October 20, 2013 at 12:28 am: Melissa

    This is so so good! I wanted more of the seaweed flavor, so I added some dulse which was awesome.

  • October 20, 2013 at 12:40 am: Emily

    I literally just finished a big bowl of this chowder, and I love it! I usually tweak recipes, but I followed this one exactly and it came out amazing. I’ll be making this a lot this winter

  • October 20, 2013 at 12:51 am: Nikki

    Ok! Officially… I have made the chowda… um… first off YUM… i mean YUMMMMM… second off… instead of tomato paste, I threw in the 1/3 – 1/2 c of white wine that I had left over from a get-together, last night. I also added dried tarragon (fresh would have taken it to a whole other place), AND garnished with a shot of truffle oil. Oh…. I’m in deep, deep trouble. Thank you so much Isa!!!

  • October 20, 2013 at 6:04 am: Jamie

    I’m so pumped about the videos. You’re ridiculous. That three minutes beats anything I’ve ever seen on foodnetwork.

    • October 20, 2013 at 4:57 pm: IsaChandra

      Too kind, thank you.

  • October 20, 2013 at 7:48 pm: Michelle

    We made this two days ago and loved it.
    So of course when we made again the next night we doubled it. It is fabulous, easy, and definitely our new favorite soup.

  • October 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm: becca

    I just made this (I used all baby Bellas.) It came out amazing.

  • October 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm: MooinCA

    Can you freeze this? How long does it keep in a container after making it?
    It’s such a large amount of soup, I don’t know how I’ll get through it before it goes ‘bad’….

    • October 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm: IsaChandra

      Freeze it!

  • October 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm: Heather

    This looks great – but I dislike seafood tastes (I know, right? What am I doing even reading this recipe?) – if I leave out the nori, will this still be tasty? I love mushrooms so much, and I would love to have a hot, creamy soup for the colder weather. What do you guys think?

    • October 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm: IsaChandra

      Yeah, it’ll be yummy. Like a cream of mushroom potato soup!

  • October 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm: Jennifer

    I am eating this right now. I’m not exaggerating when I say this is hand’s down the best homemade soup I have ever had. The thickness is perfect and it’s so creamy and comforting. Thank you Isa, this will be in regular rotation all fall/winter.

  • October 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm: Cara

    Delicious. I accidentally added the cashew broth mixture too soon but it still came out amazing. Thanks so much and great video.

  • October 21, 2013 at 6:02 pm: Amanda

    Hi – sorry for the random question but many recipes call for fresh lemon so I try to keep fresh lemons on-hand but they go bad before I use them. Any good tips for keeping lemons from going bad? Thanks!

    • October 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm: IsaChandra

      Well, lemon juice is fine! As long as it’s not from concentrate. Just check the bottle.

  • October 21, 2013 at 6:48 pm: Maddie

    I just made the soup and it is so good! I am waiting for my family to get home to eat it and I literally had to leave the room so I would stop sneaking tastes of it.

  • October 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm: Meg

    Love the videos! Like a little espresso shot of a cooking show. I hope you keep going with them. (Hear that, Breville?)

    Can’t wait to make the glam chowdah.

  • October 22, 2013 at 12:27 am: mamaraby

    After watching the videos when you first posted them, my 8yo vegan first begged me to buy the cookbook and then to get cooking. This was my dh’s first request and it was fantastic! My mushroom hating children loved it. I thought it was all of the things I liked about the omni version without the thing that I hated (the clams). Yum, yum, yum!

  • October 22, 2013 at 12:39 am: heather

    This soup! I’ve never had real clam chowder before and always thought it was pretty gross. I like mushrooms ok, but only in small quantities, and definitely never as the main attraction, especially not in a soup when their true texture is the point of them. I made this mostly for my husband, but turns out it’s one of the best soups I’ve ever had, and I guess I love clam chowder. Well, glam chowder. It’s magic! And crazy delicious.

  • October 22, 2013 at 7:54 am: Katherine

    Oh wow. I don’t know what possessed me to make this. I’m from Australia and had never heard of clam chowder. I’ve never had chowder OR clams, let alone both together. I had no idea what to expect so I followed the recipe absolutely to a T – no crazy substitutions or modifications. And my god it’s delicious. I had all the ingredients bar the mushrooms so it was cheap as chips to make, and it’s so incredibly luxurious for basically a pantry-staple recipe. Amazinggggg.

  • October 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm: heather

    Also! I had to come back to add that my husband, my meat eating, seafood loving, adores new england clam chowder husband, said that this is the best chowder he’s ever had. Including over the place we got to in cape cod every year on vacation, which previously held the spot of his favorite clam chowder. He said the thing he sometimes dislikes about clam chowder is when it gets too overly fatty tasting, and this one eliminated that problem and was just amazing and delicious. Win!

  • October 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm: Amanda

    Woo hoo! My book arrived. Awesome

  • October 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm: Britt

    You are a mad genius. I’m an omnivore who doesn’t cook meat and doesn’t love dairy so this was great for me, but it absolutely made my 10-year vegetarian boyfriend’s day. He used to love clam chowder in the fall and he was just beside himself with cracker-crumbling happiness at dinner last night. Definitely a repeater, next time with jackfruit crabcakes!

  • October 22, 2013 at 11:44 pm: Lisa Jackson

    Applause! The whole family loved this – including two teenagers (“This hits the spot!” “It’s a keeper!”) and a 12-year-old who doesn’t like mushrooms (empty bowl, no comment). Well sorta this soup. Alas no nori, so I just did it up as a potato soup. Cashew cream is my new secret soup weapon. Hurrah!

  • October 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm: Phebe

    Made this but used kombu broth and added Bragg’s kelp seasoning blend cause I love me some fishy flavour.

    So, so good. And a great fake for seafood chowder. Very satisfying.

  • October 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm: Lisa

    I’m German andI never had a “proper” New England clam chowder. Just made this tonight and this stuff is freakin’ awesome. The cashew cream is just genius. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

    Plus the videos are simply DA BOMB.

  • October 25, 2013 at 3:29 am: ApricotGinger

    If you are allergic to mushrooms (such as myself), I made this chowder with pressed, frozen, tofu (that I baked for 20 min in a 400 degree oven). It added that lovely, chewy texture for the clams.

    I thought the soup was amazingly good. However, I found the liquid proportions to be a bit off. I added an extra cup of broth, and might even add 2 extra cups the next time I make this recipe. The broth quantity as in the recipe would barely cover my veggies (I followed everything exactly).

    I need to reiterate, THIS SOUP IS AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS.

    • October 25, 2013 at 3:54 am: IsaChandra

      Well, mushrooms release moisture and tofu absorbs it, so that could account for some of the moisture issues.

  • October 25, 2013 at 4:31 am: Kate Lewis

    Love these new videos Isa!! Mmm… Now I want chowder!

    Ps I did the food styling for this one too! :-))

  • October 25, 2013 at 5:56 am: sangra sangra

    Oh my goodness oh my goodness oh my goodness this is table-flippin’ good!

  • October 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm: Liz

    Just finished making and am eating this now. Wow, really good. I under cooked the potatoes b/c I was afraid of making mooshy potatoes. I’ll probably make it again this weekend though to fix my mistake!
    Thanks for yet another delicous meal.

  • October 25, 2013 at 8:55 pm: Ree

    This is really “wicked awesome” soup. Never would have thought to use the nori. Thanks so much for your recipes.

  • October 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm: Pam

    Hubby has a MAJOR clam allergy and we are newbies to the vegan world. Isa- this is AMAZING! Even our 11 year old son was shoveling it down. Between bites he was saying “you’re definitely making this again right?” It tastes better than clam chowder any day. Thanks a million

  • October 26, 2013 at 7:28 pm: Stephanie

    What size nori sheets do you use? I see them in a variety of sizes, but mine are pretty tiny. Thus, I really have a hard time getting my flavor right and tend to go a bit overboard to make up for their size.

  • October 26, 2013 at 11:34 pm: Bonnie

    I thought your Mushroom Hot Pot was my all-time favorite soup, but now I’m not so sure! This chowder is fabulous!

  • October 27, 2013 at 2:51 am: Karin

    just made this and I love it ! Do you have the calorie or nutritional analysis? By my calculation it was about 8 c at about 270 cal/cup.

  • October 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm: NBMaggie

    Hi Isa,
    I’ve just now finished making this great chowder recipe and it is going straight into my Tried, Tested, and True Vegan Recipes binder where many try out but few are chosen. I wonder if you find it annoying when commenters say things like…” I followed the recipe exactly except for the following changes” – sure hope not!. I enjoyed homemade creamy Boston Clam Chowder as a non-vegan but as I perused the recipe above I knew the chewiness of the clam was missing so I soaked some dried shitakes, drained and diced them and added them to the pot. Worked well for what I was looking for.

  • October 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm: Sarah

    It was a really good soup, but it didn’t really remind me much of clam chowder. Maybe that’s just because the only clam chowder I ever tasted was out of a Campbell’s or Progresso can though. I think I would put in less lemon if I were to make it again. Tasted delicious with thick bread. Definitely a good cold weather soup.

  • October 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm: Sarah

    Also, that lemon trick is one of the best things that has ever happened to me in the kitchen. Up until now, whenever a recipe called for lemon I was cutting them in half and squeezing them out with one of those manual lemon juicers and then measuring out the juice. Huge pain in the a$$. Now I just need to figure out the juice measurements without actually measuring. You made it look super easy, so I was all “Hey, I can just squeeze juice from the slice right into the pot too!” And then I ended up with a little too much lemon. Alas.

  • October 28, 2013 at 1:46 am: Lix

    I made this tonight for my boyfriend and his mom. The first time I’ve ever cooked for her — kinda daunting. A LOT of chopping and prepping but soooo worth it and exactly like how I remember clam chowder is! They LOVED it. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe, Isa! Love the video too, congrats on the Breville sponsorship.

  • October 28, 2013 at 3:55 am: JennK

    Hot Glam Damn! I am so happy that we bought your new cookbook. We just made this chowder tonight and it was freakin’ awesome! Thank you!

  • October 28, 2013 at 4:41 am: kaenhu

    Sub suggestions for cashew allergy? what other nut might work?

  • October 29, 2013 at 12:39 am: Jared

    This was awesome. Cashews and nori are miracle workers.

  • October 29, 2013 at 12:39 am: Rachel

    This recipe was so easy and SO delicious: creamy, flavorful, and without the bits of sand! This one is definitely a keeper. (And Trader Joes often carries shiitakes for a very reasonable price…. We dined like mushroom millionaires tonight).

  • October 29, 2013 at 1:17 am: Sylvia

    Made this for dinner tonight. It is incredible. Thank you for the recipe.

  • October 29, 2013 at 5:02 pm: saskia slabbekoorn

    Here on the other side of the ocean it’s really fall with storms and all. Made this last weekend, it was brilliant, loved it. Just bought Appetite for Reduction and cannot wait to try your other recipes.

  • October 31, 2013 at 9:30 pm: Kim

    Anyone have any suggestions as to what to have with this? I am making it next week and need something to go with it. Thanks!

  • November 2, 2013 at 6:13 am: Mark

    I used oyster mushrooms. It was like I really was eating dead mollusks, and I mean that in a good way. This recipe is just fantastic.

  • November 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm: Sue Mac

    Wow! I’m from originally from Maine & know my chowdah, your chowdah is “wicked awesome”. Good idea about the saltines, although I’m a Celiac, my hubby will enjoy the familiarity of crushing some saltines over his chowdah. Post Punk Kitchen is my site of choice for vegan recipes, you rock!

  • November 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm: Arah

    Made this last week, using 1.5 nori sheets. Delicious! Thanks for posting it!

  • November 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm: Katy

    Wow! This is delicious! I used to love clam chowder and this soup is an amazing version – the creaminess, the richness, the sea-flavor. I didn’t have the tomato paste or lemon but the soup was still so great. And the best thing is that my 3-year-old is asking for seconds. Wonderful recipe – thank you!!

  • November 9, 2013 at 5:30 am: Tacs

    This is simply wonderful. As a lactose intolerant vegetarian who grew up in New England, I have missed clam chowder for the last 10 years. Eating this brought me back to when I was a kid.

  • November 9, 2013 at 3:15 pm: Sarah

    What type of blender or food processes would you recommend getting?

  • November 9, 2013 at 6:55 pm: Jennifer

    Would it work use a crockpot on low for a few hours instead (I’m guessing at the stage where you add potatoes, salt, pepper, broth)? Or would that make the potatoes too mushy? It’d be great to throw together in the morning and have ready in the evening. Thanks!

  • November 11, 2013 at 2:20 am: Sam

    This is AMAZING; we just made it tonight and it was wonderful, keep up the (as always) great work!

  • November 11, 2013 at 5:39 am: Rita

    This is simply amazing!! It smells JUST like clam chowder! I didn’t really think the nori I would give it that seafood flavor/aroma, but it worked like magic. I added more mushrooms since I got carried away at the store, and also added a few glugs of Tapatio. Other than that, I didn’t stray from the recipe. I made this Friday and have been eating it all weekend… sooo good! Love, love LOVE your gorgeous new cookbook!

  • November 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm: Sandy

    I made it last night……. You are my new favorite vegan cook!!
    I’m about to buy your book. My kids loved it, my picky husband
    Also loved it.
    Great demo video, love your sense of humor!

  • November 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm: Tim

    This recipe was totally amazing! It is perfect to warm you up on a winter night and a great meal that sticks to your bones. Mmmmm!!! I also agree that it would be best made with all shiitake mushrooms!!

  • November 15, 2013 at 3:11 am: Jessica

    I made this about an hour ago and gave a bowl to my roommate (not a vegan) and she said “you know this kind of tastes like clam chowder.” Mission accomplished.

    P.S. Your new book is my bible

  • November 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm: lilyUK

    This is truly gorgeous, thank you! I have never tasted clam chowder, although I know what it is from TV shows. I’ve eaten this many times now, it’s kind of addictive also it freezes well. Some omnis tried it and they said it tasted delicious ( and not just ‘nice for vegan food’) They also loved the Green Goddess dressing you created. Congratulations on another great recipe!

  • November 16, 2013 at 1:49 am: Amy

    This was pretty good! I used 1/2 the corn starch and dulse flakes in lieu of nori. Served with some fresh homemade teff bread. Nice meal for a cool fall night!

  • November 18, 2013 at 1:48 am: Rebecca

    I made this today and it is delicious. I accidentally bought way too many mushrooms but I used them all anyway. My nori was pretty old, so even 2 sheets didn’t add a lot of seaweedy flavor. I’m thinking I’ll add some kelp granules to the leftovers. Yum yum yum!

  • November 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm: Paul

    I made this last night and nearly cried when I first tasted it. So freakin’ good I can’t believe it!!!

  • December 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm: Crystal

    Holy moly. I can’t even believe how much this is just like clam chowder. BETTER than how I remember it being. Unbelievable.

  • December 9, 2013 at 12:22 am: ryan

    i made it and it’s good! i made a thing that’s good again! thanks!

  • December 12, 2013 at 12:44 am: B

    Hi Isa! I was wondering if you had an idea of the weight of the potatoes needed for this recipe. I went shopping for all the stuff to make the chowder and the potatoes at my store really vary in size/weight. Thanks!

    • December 13, 2013 at 3:15 pm: IsaChandra

      Should be about a pound.

  • December 15, 2013 at 1:27 pm: KathyJ

    I made this the other night and yum. You did it again! I did make a couple of substitutions. My husband is allergic to cashews so I used sunflower seeds. They were perfect. It wasn’t “fishy” enough for me so I just grabbed my kelp flakes and added some extra. Next time I may get lazy and just use them to save some prep time.

    Thank you again!

  • December 29, 2013 at 2:48 am: Greg

    Awesome… I did three sheets of nori but that worked for me,… Awesome.

    Tried to get an arc of the cookbook a couple times…. Got denied… Its awesome… Am pushing at the Indy bookshop I work at…

  • January 5, 2014 at 1:30 pm: Mary

    Just made this last night – a revelation! How you come up with so many perfect recipes is beyond me every single one is better than the last (if that’s even possible). Thank you so much!

  • January 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm: Hannah

    My oh my, Isa! Every time I make something from your recipes it’s just pure bliss. I usually just stand in the kitchen and go like whaaaat, why is she such a perfect cook? Why can’t I ever be this cool? Yum, just yum!

  • January 10, 2014 at 8:28 pm: jaime

    I made this last night and it was fantastic. I used only about one sheet of nori.. i probably could have done another half sheet. but overall, great recipe. With my vitamix i didnt need to soak the cashews and the blending took all of 30 seconds. According to my omni bf it was very chowder-like. The shitakes were spot on. Loved the texture. Heated up nicely for lunch today. Thanks for this share-worthy recipe. Love the new cookbook. Cheers.

  • January 26, 2014 at 7:29 pm: Megan

    It says to use the vegetable broth it in the cashew cream, then later to add it to the pot? How much vegetable broth total is required? Thanks.

  • January 26, 2014 at 10:40 pm: Megan

    Never mind. I need to learn to read, clearly. :)

  • January 27, 2014 at 11:29 pm: Beth

    Isa, I made this soup a couple of months ago, and have made it several times since then– I probably make it weekly. My family absolutely LOVES it, they cannot get enough of it! (and I’m the only vegan in the house!) It’s simply become “The Soup”. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!

    • January 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm: IsaChandra

      Awesome, thanks for the feedback!

  • January 29, 2014 at 8:07 pm: Jess

    For those who have a nut allergy: try using boiled then drained cauliflower with cornstarch, salt, and milk processed in the blender. It won’t be as creamy or thick but it will achieve the same effect (got the idea from one of isa’s recipes the pesto soup). I used mostly the cauliflower with a very small handful of cashews to lower the fat content and it worked wonderfully.

  • February 4, 2014 at 4:09 am: Lisa

    Love your videos! Very Fun!
    Odd question, but I’m in the middle of kitchen renovations and I was wondering
    the name of your cook-top & oven. They look pretty durable. Thanks so much!

  • February 9, 2014 at 6:08 pm: Kelly

    Made it today–Sunday lunch–AWESOME!

  • February 14, 2014 at 12:00 am: Nicole

    I am so excited to try this! I never thought to be able to make a vegan clam chowder…I love the stuff but the dairy is not so great with me! Cashews are such a godsend…I use them in a lot of sauces (basil/ lemon -Cilantro/lime) but didn’t think to use them as a cream soup base. Will definitely have to try this as soon as it actually gets cold here in SoCal!

  • February 14, 2014 at 12:01 am: Nicole

    And after learning about the insane health benefits of shiitake mushrooms, I highly encourage everyone to at least throw in a few! Your body will thank you!

  • February 19, 2014 at 6:38 pm: Traci

    Every once in a while, I jump off the wagon for a good cup of tradtional clam chowder…but never again. This chowder is amazing!!!!!

  • February 24, 2014 at 5:35 am: C

    I made this with a friend over winter break (I’m pretty sure he used this recipe) and it was seriously amazing. We changed it only slightly by using oyster mushrooms (a much more chewy, oyster-esque mushroom to me. Also, white button are my least favorite so it worked out well) and didn’t use tomato paste because we forgot to get some. We also ate them in sourdough bread bowls. Clam chowder was one of my favorite soups as a kid and this is exactly what I remembered.

  • February 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm: Tanya

    I’m a New England girl and grew up with lots of chowdah! I cannot wait to try this! It looks wicked yummy!!

    Your site rocks! And loved the tunes in your video!

  • March 11, 2014 at 11:34 pm: Laura

    I made this recipe out of the cookbook, minus the nori ( I hate anything that tastes sea-ish) and it was one of the best soups (if not THE best) I have ever put in my mouth.

  • March 26, 2014 at 12:26 am: danielle

    I just made this- it was AMAZING! thank you! you helped make my vegan teen daughter’s evening SPECTACULAR!

  • April 1, 2014 at 9:03 am: Chana

    Just made the soup for the 4th time and we totally love it. since i keep kosher i’ve never had the original, but sure enjoyed this version. thanks!

  • May 6, 2014 at 11:16 pm: kosherveganchick

    I made this low-fat and without the pureed cashews. Just as a simple lovely broth, this was delicious!

  • May 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm: Jess couch

    Can’t wait to try this!

  • May 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm: Annie Claus

    OMG- this was amazing, It will be in standard stock rotation in my house.

  • May 26, 2014 at 5:50 am: Cat

    This turned out to be a family favorite! so good!

  • July 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm: Jes

    I am so making this and the latchkey lime pie today! Two foods that I have missed since I eliminated animal products!

  • August 9, 2014 at 6:48 am: jessica

    this is the best soup i have ever eaten.

  • August 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm: laurie

    WOW! I love you. Everything that I have tried has been great. Made this today and it was yum-mazing. Recipes go together super easy and fast. I still marvel at the vegan Challah! OMFreakin’G. Thank you.

  • September 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm: Mariam

    I made this last night, it was delicious and easy! I think I will try adding some coconut milk next time with some extra cracked pepper and garlic – but overall the recipe is wonderful as is!
    Thank you! It was amazing how “sea” like it tastes.

  • October 1, 2014 at 9:00 pm: Margaret Hwang

    First off…I think I love you! this soup made made day, clam chowder was always my fave but I haven’t had it since going meat free 20 years ago(vegan for the last 15)! Was wondering if you think rehydrated dried shitakes would work as well as fresh? I used fresh the first time I made it and it was awesome. I want to make it again and I have this gallon sized bag of dried shitakes from my co-op and wanted to try with these. Thanks for all your inspiring recipes and cookbooks!

  • October 5, 2014 at 3:42 pm: Alix

    Just made this Chowder….It was SOoooo good. Thank you Isa

  • October 15, 2014 at 10:56 pm: lynn

    I just made this yesterday.its chilly and raining on the east coast today.I couldn’t wait to get home and heat it up..OMG yummmy..Thanks for the easy recipes ..you’re the best!!

  • October 26, 2014 at 7:40 pm: Bill Fournier

    I made this and it was quite tasty. The amount of nori used may need tweaking. I want to attempt this recipe again and use kelp powder instead of nori just for an experiment. Later today we hope to make the chili from your video and see how that is. Isa, thanks for producing these videos, pictures are worth so much more than print

  • November 6, 2014 at 5:37 am: J9

    RIDICULOUSLY GOOD!!! Thank you!!!

  • November 9, 2014 at 8:50 am: Darris

    This may seem like a silly question but can you use fresh seaweed? I live on the CA coast and have access to fresh.

  • December 14, 2014 at 6:43 am: Amy

    I made it. It was absolutely delicious. I didn’t alter it a bit.

  • December 14, 2014 at 6:45 am: Amy

    wait, I lied. I did alter it. I used arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch, cause that’s what I had.

  • February 8, 2015 at 11:48 pm: Pk

    I made this tonight, followed the recipe to a T. Freakin’ hell it was good! Next time I will use some dried shiitakes, which I think are even chewier. Deeeelish!

  • February 10, 2015 at 11:26 pm: Stephanie

    OMG I absolutely LOVE this recipe! I made this last night for my meat-loving family and even they enjoyed it! It’s incredible how similar this tastes to real clam chowder. Thank you so much for this. You are amazing. Your recipes have never failed me.

  • February 24, 2015 at 5:59 pm: Jessica Lemmon

    Made this last night. ABSOLUTELY DELISH! Hubs was always a huge Clam Chowder fan, and was so surprised how close it came. He ate three bowls. :)

  • March 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm: Taylor

    Hi Isa —
    Can I use seitan in place of the mushrooms? Thanks!

  • March 25, 2015 at 2:33 am: Lisa O

    Yum!! I may be a little late to the party, but at least I got there. Like some others, I’ve never had clam chowder. Not so craving the fishy thing, so I left out the nori and added sautéed leeks and red bell pepper, as well as some picked smoked jalapenos. Oh, my. So delicious and satisfying. Truly spectacular. Thank you!!

  • July 16, 2015 at 4:02 pm: Brenda

    YUM! Does this freeze well? If not how many servings does it make?

  • August 5, 2015 at 5:29 pm: Annaliese

    THIS WAS SO GOOD! Like, soooo good. I don’t really like clams so I tried your recipe instead. I used a pack of dried shiitakes since they were cheaper. I also found that cutting rolled up nori with a scissors was way easier than trying to cut it with a knife. My very non-vegan husband and sister also loved this recipe. I was happy to see how creamy it was without actually using any cream. Thumbs up from my med student perspective- this is totally low cal and heart healthy. Will definitely make again.

  • September 10, 2015 at 3:38 am: Rebecca

    can you use Silk cashew milk instead of using cashews? i’m wonderin if its possible to thicken the milk to a cream like texture for this recipe??

  • October 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm: Alejandra

    This was amazing! Tastes better than clam chowder! Thank you for the recipe :)

  • October 26, 2015 at 10:23 pm: Elizabeth

    My family loved this soup! The cashew cream just made it so nice and smooth. Great on a cold night.

  • December 5, 2015 at 3:46 am: aoirghe

    Fantastic soup! I added two tablespoons of cooking sherry and it added a nice dimension to it. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • January 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm: Sharon

    I was wondering if anyone has substituted sweet potatoes for potatoes in this recipe?

  • February 21, 2016 at 6:09 pm: Crystalyn

    I followed every part of the recipe except that I left out the added oil, and OMG, this is sooooooooooo good. The hubs and I are eating the leftovers for lunch at this very moment, and I just couldn’t not come by to post how much this is one of our most favorite vegan meals, ever. I can’t wait to throw this in my omni-loves-clam-chowder sister’s pie hole next time she visits. She’s gonna love the crap out of it!