Creamy, buttery, velvety and filling on a cold winter’s day…this ticks all the boxes of what a New England chowder is, except there isn’t a bit of dairy in it. Well maybe the 1 Tablespoon of ghee but it’s still Paleo.


500 g Seafood; if fish, cut in bite-sized pieces
1/2 Cauliflower, rough cut in 1/8s
4+ C Stock (veggie, fish or chicken); extra is useful to add if too thick
1 Tbs ghee
2 Leeks or 2 med onions, diced
3 Stalks celery, chopped
Thyme (a sprinkling)
Salt & pepper to taste


Need 2 medium saucepans.

 Place cauliflower in one saucepan. Fill with stock to just under top of cauliflower. Bring to boil, lower to simmer and cover to leave cooking until tender.

Heat the ghee in the second saucepan. Add the remaining veg to sweat down. Salt and pepper lightly, adding the thyme toward the end. When the leeks/onions are cooked and transparent (NOT burnt) remove from heat.

Remove the cooked and soft cauliflower from heat and whiz it with a bar mix until smooth and velvety.

Add the cauliflower to the cooked onion and stir mix, seasoning now as necessary. Finally, turn the heat back on under the soup, and add the uncooked seafood. Allow to cook gently for the next 5-10 minutes to cook the seafood. It won’t take long.

Garnish with flat leaf parsley before serving.


4 Comments Add yours

    1. ninjaneil says:

      It is! For those of us trying to go dairy-free or dairy-less, the buttery flavor of the cauliflower combined with its consistency when whizzed makes this a great cold weather meal. Are you in the US? You’re heading into autumn/winter so get stuck into this and let us know how it goes.



      1. Vinny Grette says:

        No, in Canada – but climate is similar, I guess. I do dig paleo except that I still need a few milk products – yogurt in particular, and buffalo mozzarella!


  1. ninjaneil says:

    Well, I’m not a religious Paleo-ite all the time. I’ve just been getting into raw milk to help me gain muscle (love it btw).

    Maybe treat this dairy-free recipe as an alternative rather than the ONLY way to eat. And at least you have a tasty version to serve to dairy-intolerant friends.


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