Clam Chowder Recipes

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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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I spent my birthday up in the San Francisco Bay area. Walking around town looking for a place to eat, I noticed the price of clam chowder had skyrocketed like mad. I skipped out on having some, but since the craving stuck, my mother and I decided to make it from scratch once I got home. It's not hard to do, and costs a fraction of the price marked at the restaurants. Bread bowl optional, but highly recommended!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 13 ounces clams (2 x 6.5 ounce cans)
  • 1 cup potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • bread bowls (optional)


  1. In a large pot, fry the onions and carrots in butter over medium heat until onions are soft and translucent.
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  3. Add the potatoes and fry while stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add flour and continue to cook, stirring frequently, a few minutes.
  5. Switch the heat to low and add the chicken broth and clams (with all the clam juice). Mix well and let it cook until potatoes are fully softened, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Stir in the cream and allow to simmer until the soup is thick and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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  8. If you are using bread bowls, slice off the tops and pluck out a good amount of bread from the inside. Toast bowls and lids in toaster oven or oven until crisped. Ladle in the clam chowder and serve immediately.
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Serve with warmed sourdough bread or even in sourdough bread bowls.

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

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

bowl of chowder

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Love the chunks of vegetables in this soup. Yummy!

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November 7, 2007

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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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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Super easy and super good!

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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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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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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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By sharon (Guest Post)
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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March 12, 2013

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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October 19, 2018

This creamy soup perfectly combines clams and cubed potatoes. If you have never made this soup at home, here are a bunch of recipes to try. This page contains New England clam chowder recipes.

New England Clam Chowder in mugs.

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November 4, 2010


  • 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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November 4, 2010

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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October 1, 2010

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, 2010


  • 1/4 lb. salt pork, diced
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 2 cups cubed potatoes
  • 1 can tomatoes (16 oz.)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 2 cans minced clams (8 oz. each)


Brown salt pork in soup pot. Add vegetables, seasonings and 5 cups hot water. Drain clam liquid into soup, reserving clams. Cook, covered, for 3 hours. Remove bay leaf and add clams just before serving.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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January 15, 2010

Recipes For Clam Chowder

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October 7, 2009

Drain clams. Saute' in butter with onion. Mix in soup and cream.

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