This is 'Hatteras style.' I work in a restaurant near the North Carolina coast and make this two times a week. I have scaled down the batch for home use. It is very simple. You can also use the bacon grease to saute the vegetables in.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot over medium heat, cook onion, celery and carrots in oil until they begin to soften. Stir in potatoes, clams, clam juice, thyme, pepper and bacon. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

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Nutrition Facts

265 calories; 4.2 g total fat; 86 mg cholesterol; 941 mg sodium. 23.7 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2004
I have been looking for a clear broth chowder recipe for awhile. Although this recipe is very good I think it is worth it to note that if you go to your local fish market to get the broth it is absolutely fantastic! The canned/jar variety just doesn't compare. My husband doesn't like bacon so I omitted it. It was still great. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/24/2006
I am going to ask a stupid question. If you are using 2 cans of clam and juice where are you getting the 3 qts of clam juice? When I go to my place at beach and I go to fish market and get my clams and steam and eat and use broth for chowder. But where I live I can get canned clams and bottled juice but you would need a whole lot of those little bottles to make 3 qts.. So I do not have a clue what the people reviewing this recipe are using for that clam juice.. It is a very good recipe I have made it at beach when I had fresh clams and broth...please somebody fill me in. Thanks Read More
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39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2004
I have been looking for a clear broth chowder recipe for awhile. Although this recipe is very good I think it is worth it to note that if you go to your local fish market to get the broth it is absolutely fantastic! The canned/jar variety just doesn't compare. My husband doesn't like bacon so I omitted it. It was still great. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/23/2006
I am going to ask a stupid question. If you are using 2 cans of clam and juice where are you getting the 3 qts of clam juice? When I go to my place at beach and I go to fish market and get my clams and steam and eat and use broth for chowder. But where I live I can get canned clams and bottled juice but you would need a whole lot of those little bottles to make 3 qts.. So I do not have a clue what the people reviewing this recipe are using for that clam juice.. It is a very good recipe I have made it at beach when I had fresh clams and broth...please somebody fill me in. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2004
I have been looking for a clear broth chowder recipe for awhile. Although this recipe is very good I think it is worth it to note that if you go to your local fish market to get the broth it is absolutely fantastic! The canned/jar variety just doesn't compare. My husband doesn't like bacon so I omitted it. It was still great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2003
I love this recipe! Hatteras Style Clam Chowder is the only chowder I will eat! I am mot a fan a milk/cream based soups, this recipe is the best on a cold winter day! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/05/2008
Love this recipe because it's the alternative to the creamy version (I'm lactose intolerant).\ It's hard to find so much clam juice in the store however. I just top it up with chicken broth! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2006
I live in Cape Hatteras, NC!! And trust me, this recipe is a local favorite. After you try it, you will NEVER eat creamy or tomato based chowder again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2003
My husband and I love the clear broth clam chowders and go to seafood festivals to enjoy them. This recipe was very close to the the festival servings. I've made it for my family and also took it to a Christmas get-together. It was a hit both times. I'll certainly make it again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/27/2006
Not bad but the broth needs thickening in my opinion. I used less water; rendered the bacon and put the browned bacon side and saved 1 tablespoon of the shortening to saute the onions carrots and potatoes; then I added the 2 cans of canned clams (I know not the same as the real deal) a bottle of the clam juice and 5 cups of h20. Simmered for 40 minutes; then added the cooked bacon as a garnish. Very yummy. Also made fresh french bread from this site. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2005
The best chowder I've ever made. My customers want it to be the house soup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2007
This wonderful clam chowder just like my sister Kathleen used to make. She was from Mathews Co. VA right on the Chesapeake Bay. Cook the vegtables with the bacon. I used fresh clams finely ground. Thanks for setting us straight on what real clam chowder is. Read More
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