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This fantastic lobster chowder can also be made with shrimp, and is low carb, gluten free, AND dairy free!

Low Carb Lobster Chowder – Gluten and Dairy Free

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  • Author: Mellissa Sevigny
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This fantastic lobster chowder can also be made with shrimp, and is low carb, gluten free, AND dairy free!


  • 4 strips raw bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup salted butter (or coconut oil to make this fully dairy free)
  • 2 cups lobster broth (see instructions below)
  • 2 cups raw cauliflower florets (frozen is fine)
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk (vanilla flavored if they have it)
  • 2 cups cooked lobster, cut into chunks
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum (optional but thickens it nicely)
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp Cointreau (triple sec will work in a pinch)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp butter to finish


To make the lobster broth:

  1. Combine the shells and body from one lobster and four cups of water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for fifteen minutes. Strain the liquid. You’ll need 2 cups of broth for this recipe, you can discard or freeze the rest.

To make the chowder:

  1. Cook the bacon, butter, and onion in a large pan over low heat for 3 – 4 minutes or until the onions are soft and the bacon is cooked through but not crispy.
  2. Add lobster broth and cauliflower. Cover and simmer for 5 – 8 minutes or until the cauliflower is fork tender but not falling apart.
  3. Add the almond milk and heat gently for 2 – 3 minutes. Do not boil.
  4. Add the lobster and heat gently for another 3 minutes.
  5. Remove 1/2 cup of broth to a small bowl and whisk in the xanthan gum. Add it back to the chowder and stir until fully combined.
  6. Stir in the apple cider vinegar, Cointreau, parsley and 1 Tbsp butter. Continue stirring until the butter is melted and fully incorporated.
  7. Taste and adjust seasoning to your preference. Serve hot.


Approximate nutrition info per 1 1/2 cup serving:

210 calories, 15g fat, 4g net carbs, 14g protein

  • Category: Soup
  • Cuisine: American

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