Is there a gluten free alternative for flour in clam or mussel chowder? The recipe calls for a couple spoonfuls.


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Yes, certainly. The flour is only there for thickening. You can use pretty much any flour or starch from a gluten-free grain or tuber, and it will thicken just as well.

Depending on whether you want to add another flavor, you can go for a flour with a strong taste on its own, like buckwheat, and/or whole grain flour. If you don't want that, go for a starch.

As for the amount, do a 1:1 substitute by weight. You can employ it with whatever technique is prescribed in the original - a roux, a slurry, or dusting the solid pieces before adding them, it will all work.

  • I use potato starch as a gluten free thickener.
    – Selena
    Sep 18, 2022 at 23:57

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