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Classic New England clam chowder is a hearty, savory soup, often made with potatoes, cream, bacon, spices and, of course, clams. Whether you are looking for a traditional recipe or something a bit different, you can find ideas here. This page contains recipes for Clam Chowder.


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November 4, 20109 found this helpful

Serve with warmed sourdough bread or even in sourdough bread bowls.



Place the bacon in a large pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, leaving the drippings in the pot and set the bacon aside. Stir the potatoes and celery into the bacon fat, season with the salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, while stirring frequently.

Pour the juice from the clams into the pot, and add enough water to just cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low heat, cover and simmer until the potatoes are just tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Gently stir the leek soup mix into the potatoes then gently stir in the clams, reserved bacon, and half and half. Cook, while stirring, until the chowder comes to a simmer and thickens, about 10 minutes. Serve garnished with oyster crackers.


By Ann from Richland, WA

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March 10, 2011

My dad would take me clamming, and when we had a good haul he would make a big pot of clam chowder the next day. When I make it now it is like he is in my kitchen waiting to see if I am enjoying his chowder and planning our next trip to the ocean.



In a large pan, fry the pork until almost crisp, remove and toss away (bacon can be replaced for the pork, crumble and add to chowder at end); Add onion and saute until lightly browned.


Add potatoes and water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the chopped clams and their juices, milk, cream, thyme, salt, and pepper. Heat almost to the boiling point.

Servings: 4
Time:20 Minutes Preparation Time
30 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: My dad

By Myst from Muncie, IN

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November 2, 2011
A good recipe, a little different, with added noodles to make a hearty chowder.


  • 1 can (7 ounces) minced clams (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small clove of garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. butter or other fat
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups boiling clam juice from can and water
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cooked pasta
  • paprika


Fry onion and garlic in butter until tender. Blend in the flour and saute on medium low for one minute. Add liquid in which the bouillon has been dissolved, add bay leaf, and cook until thick. Add milk, clams and noodles; heat thoroughly. Serve in heated bowls. Garnish with paprika.


Source: the Alaska "Sourdough" Cookbook.

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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December 15, 2014

Make this delicious, hearty clam chowder for yourself or family tonight.

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October 3, 2011

Love the chunks of vegetables in this soup. Yummy!

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November 7, 20070 found this helpful

Saute' onion, celery and pepper. Put in a large soup pot. Add milk, clams and juice, soup, potatoes and seasonings.


Simmer until potatoes are soft. Just before serving add crumbled bacon, if desired.

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August 28, 2007

In a large saucepan, saute the onion, carrots and celery in butter until tender. Stir in the potato soup and two cans of undrained clams. Drain and discard juice from remaining can of clams; add clams to soup.

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July 2, 2013

This will make a large pot of chowder. Serves about 6-8 servings with leftovers.

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October 8, 2012

Super easy and super good!

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November 11, 2009

Drain juice from clams and pour over frozen cauliflower and carrots in small pan. Add enough water to cover and cook until tender.


Save liquid. Melt butter, add flour and salt, add milk; cook until smooth and thick, stirring constantly.

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March 18, 2009

Put all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serves 4. I double for 5-6 people.

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February 26, 2008

Combine carrots, potatoes, onion, celery, and liquid from clams in 2 qt. microwave-safe casserole. Cover with lid. Microwave on high 10-12 minutes or until veggies are tender, stirring once or twice.

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July 28, 2008

I need a great simple recipe for Clam Chowder.

Martha C. from Baker City, OR


July 28, 20080 found this helpful

I don't use a recipe, so can't give you measurements. I saute a chopped onion in a couple tablespoons of butter, then add flour and enough milk to make a thin white sauce. Bring that to a good bubble for a few minutes. Add canned chopped clams along with the juice, and a couple diced boiled potatoes. Then add enough half and half to make a nice soupy consistency with salt and pepper to taste, and heat through. I like to top mine with some bacon bits, but that might be a southern twist on a Yankee recipe!

If it's too thin, you can thicken it with more flour shaken up with a couple tablespoons of water. Too thick, just thin with milk or more half and half. If it's not flavorful enough,you can add butter or cream. And of course,you can adjust the amount of clams and potatoes to suit your own taste.

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July 28, 20080 found this helpful

Martha, always happy to help out a fellow Oregon resident!
I got this Clam Chowder recipe out of Taste of Home a long time ago and have used it often, it is very good.

Thick N Quick Clam Chowder
1 can(10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
1 can (10 3/4 condensed creamy onion soup,undiluted
3 cups half-and-half cream
2 cans (6 1/2 ounces each) chopped clams, drained.

In a sauce pan, combine the soups and cream; cook over medium heat until heated through. Add clams and heat through( do not boil.

If you can not find cream of onion soup you can use cream of potato soup and I also microwave a potato and cut it in small cubes and add that to the soup.

Phyllis Powell, Roseburg, Oregon

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July 29, 20080 found this helpful

My hubby is a lobsterman (after retiring as an electrician). Here is a "Yankee" clam chowder:

1. fry up a piece of salt pork that has been cut into small cubes (or use 3 pieces of bacon).
2. add 2-3 good size sliced onions
3. when onions are clear, add 5 (more or less) good sized chunked potatoes, cover just barely with water & cook until potatoes are done (not too soft).
4. add clams (canned; or, fresh - cooked & shucked)
5. can subsitute a can or two of cream style corn, and/or fish, and/or lobster meat.
6. I use a can of evaporated skim milk to this & warm, but properly you would add cream & warm.
7. Some people add a pat of butter to each bowl. I like it without the butter.
This is a very economical recipe & delicious. My favorite chowder has just the corn in it & not the clams or fish or lobster.

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July 29, 20080 found this helpful

I use a dehydrated mix for potato soup that I get at Costco, made up to serve 4, and then add a can of clams. You can also add corn, or shrimp instead if you like, or all three if you were so inclined. Nothing could be easier.

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July 30, 20080 found this helpful

Hint: when your chowder is all done and cooled some, we add a container of clam dip to it. Yes, like you would eat with potato chips, very good. If your chowder is too thin, we add some instant potatoes, so we get just the right thickness.

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July 30, 20080 found this helpful


4 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 medium onion, chopped
3 large celery stalks, chopped
1 level tbls of jarred minced garlic (or three minced garlic cloves)
2 tbls butter
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 lb diced bacon
2 (6 1/2 oz) cans chopped clams, drained
1 quart half-and-half cream
1 cup bottled clam juice
1 small loaf of Italian or French bread for each individual serving
Sauté celery, onions, garlic and butter in a skillet.
Add all ingredients, including sautéed mixture, into the Crock-pot. Stir well and cook on low for 8 hours.
Serve in individual bread bowls made from the small round loaves of Italian or French bread. Simply cut the top of the loaves off, remove the inside of the loaves leaving about 1 & 1/2 inch of crust. Use the removed top and the inside bread for chowder dunking ;-)

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December 3, 20090 found this helpful

The following is the clam chowder I fact, we had it last night. It's soooo easy but tastes like you've gone to more trouble. I also add some extra potato.

Quick Clam Chowder

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 6

"So easy but so delicious."
1 (10.75 ounce) can New England clam
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of
potato soup
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of
celery soup 1 (6.5 ounce) can minced clams
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon margarine
4 cups half-and-half cream

1. In large pan cook onion and celery in butter or margarine. Add clam chowder, cream of potato soup, cream of celery soup, clams, and half-and-half, and heat through. NOTE: Half-and-half is best but milk will do.
Note: I put half whole milk and the other half I use half and half

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May 4, 2012

As a girl born and raised in New England, I love clam chowder. I have tried to make it myself several times with so so good results. I can't seem to get it thick enough for my husband and the clam flavor is not quite enough. Help from others would be appreciated.

Thank you all.

By Judy


May 4, 20120 found this helpful

Add some instant mashed potato flakes to thicken it. Works with potato and other cream soups. For more clam flavor, be sure to add the juice if using canned clams. Hope this helps 8^)

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May 7, 20120 found this helpful

I agree - try instant potato flakes, plus whatever clam juice you have, or something similar.

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June 14, 2014

I am looking for a recipe for clam chowder using chopped clams.

By Vicky


June 16, 20140 found this helpful

My husband & I make a wonderful clam chowder. We don't measure ingredients just chop & cook. First we cut up potatoes to boil till just soft. We then chop up onion, celery & bacon. Fry this till soft. When done I add a couple of spoons of flour into the veggies & make a rue. When potatoes are cooked we drain most of the water out. I add the veggie mixture to the potatoes, the clams & juice. Stir together. Then add milk or cream to the soup. Add pepper & whatever spices you like with clams. Heat then serve. We enjoy crackers in our chowder. ( this is a basic recipe from my mom. We added the bacon.

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March 12, 20130 found this helpful

Do you have a clam chowder recipe?

By Toni

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December 1, 2009

I am looking for a copycat recipe for the clam chowder served at Barnard's Restaurant in Cocoa Beach, FL. It is the best I've ever had.

By Mary from Merritt Island, FL

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March 10, 20110 found this helpful


  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 pound (about 3 medium) potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) Carnation evaporated milk {or your choice}
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cans (6.5 oz. ea.) chopped or minced clams, undrained.
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper


Cook bacon in medium saucepan until crisp; drain. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon fat. Return reserved bacon fat to saucepan. Add potatoes, carrot, onion and celery. Cook stirring frequently, for 6 to 7 minutes or until potatoes are tender.combine evaporated milk and flour in a small bowl until blended; add to potato mixture. Stir in clams with juice, milk, water, bacon and Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring frequently, for 15 to 20 minutes or until creamy and slightly thick. Season with salt and black pepper.

By Connie from Oden, Arkansas


New England Clam Chowder

Best I have ever made. I used one can of evaporated milk and two cans of chicken broth. The chowder was wonderful. Will continue to make it over and over.
Thanks (03/19/2007)

By Burrdo.

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November 4, 20100 found this helpful

I am searching for Clover Valley clam chowder. Any ideas?

Martha from Columbus, GA


Clover Valley Clam Chowder

Around here, Clover Valley brands are carried only by Aldi stores. Have you checked out your Aldi?? (09/22/2008)

By mom-from-missouri

Clover Valley Clam Chowder

I get mine from the local Dollar General store. (09/22/2008)

By livingmyhappilyeverafter.

Clover Valley Clam Chowder

Maybe you could go to Dollar General's website and perhaps there's an email address where you could write them. Ask them if they know where you could find the Clover Valley clam chowder. Or, see if Clover Valley has a website and ask them the same thing. Most companies will answer and tell you what stores in your area their products are sold.

I know I've seen Clover Valley at Dollar General, but don't know if I've seen the clam chowder though. (09/24/2008)

By Debbie Dzurilla

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November 4, 20100 found this helpful


  • 1 cup diced potatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can minced clams (7oz)
  • 2 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 slices bacon


Cover potatoes and onion with water and cook until tender. Drain. In a small bowl blend the 2 tablespoons flour with 1/2 cup milk. Pour remaining milk over potatoes and onions. Add blended flour and milk. Add entire can of clams, liquid and all; cook to just below boiling point. Add salt and pepper. Fry bacon, chopped fine, until crisp. Sprinkle on top of bowls of chowder. Serves 3.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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October 1, 20100 found this helpful

Easy and quick to fix.


  • 2 slices diced bacon
  • 1 med. diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1-2 cup diced potatoes
  • 2 cup hot water
  • 1 can minced clams (shrimp or left over fried fish)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 cup hot milk
  • 1 Tbsp. flour


Fry bacon in skillet; remove all but 2 Tbsp fat.

Add onion and celery, fry until clear. Add potatoes and water, cook until potatoes are tender.

Stir in clams, salt, pepper and milk. Thicken mixture with the butter and flour.

Cook for 3 minutes but do not allow to boil.

I have brought home deep fried shrimp in a doggie bag and made this chowder, used left over fried fish and all were delicious.

Source: A friend.

By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE


Clam Chowder

Even quicker and almost the same, use instant potatoes, leave out the tomatoes and add milk for a creamy clam chowder. (01/27/2010)

By Nancy

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January 25, 20100 found this helpful

Brown salt pork in soup pot. Add vegetables, seasonings and 5 cups hot water. Drain clam liquid into soup, reserving clams.

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January 15, 20100 found this helpful

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