My Best Clam Chowder

My Best Clam Chowder


"A delicious, traditional, cream based chowder, this recipe calls for the standard chowder ingredients: onion, celery, potatoes, diced carrots, clams, and cream. A little red wine vinegar is added before serving for extra flavor."


50 m servings 501 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 501 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 32.7 g
  • 50%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.4g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 23.9 g
  • 48%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 137 mg
  • 46%
  • Sodium:
  • 712 mg
  • 28%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Drain juice from clams into a large skillet over the onions, celery, potatoes and carrots. Add water to cover, and cook over medium heat until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large, heavy saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Whisk in cream and stir constantly until thick and smooth. Stir in vegetables and clam juice. Heat through, but do not boil.
  3. Stir in clams just before serving. If they cook too much they get tough. When clams are heated through, stir in vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.
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  1. 1725 Ratings


This was awesome. One modification, as per some earlier readers' comments: Before doing anything, I browned six strips of bacon in the large skillet, removed them and let them drain. Then, I ...

Very good base recipe but definitely does not warrant five stars. To increase flavor, I substituted clam juice for the water, added bacon grease in leiu of half the butter. The bacon grease, wh...

I have been a clam chowder fan for as long as I can remember. I order clam chowder often - when it's available. This recipe is exceptional and compares favorably with the best clam chowder rec...

Very good recipe and is now a keeper in my personal recipes. I left out the celery and carrots due to veggie pickiness in the family and was concerned that would affect the overall flavor. Not...

Delicious!! I make this recipe twice a month. Following other reviews, I use cornstarch instead of flour. I heat the cream (fat free) over low heat, while the vegetables are simmering. I mix 3/...

My husband and I are both loved this clam chowder. I changed it alittle by cooking the onions in drippings from 4 slices of bacon and reducing the amount of butter. I also used 5 cans of whole b...

We lapped this stuff up! I was dubious first because there was a lot of vegetables and juice in the first mixture, but it all mixed together wonderfully! I also used part half&half and part...

This is a good clam chowder recipe. However, when I first made this I felt that the half and half made it too thick like a stew. Since then I have used milk and it's much better. I also use chop...

Very good recipe. The vinegar really adds to the flavor. I added some crumbled bacon to the finished product. I think a person would be well-served to saute the vegetables for a few minutes in...