Thick New England clam chowder using razor clams. My family likes to harvest razor clams on the Washington coast. We clean and freeze our clams. You might be able to use canned clams. My husband like thick clam chowder. If you do not want it as thick omit flour, and/or use milk instead of cream. Serve with bread and salad.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
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Directions

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  • Cook and stir bacon in a large pot over medium-high heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towel, reserving drippings in the pot.

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  • Cook and stir potatoes, onion, and garlic in the hot bacon drippings until onions are translucent, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir flour into the potato mixture; cook together for about 1 minute. Add evaporated milk, heavy cream, liquid from clams, and bay leaf to the potato mixture; stir.

  • Bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to medium, and cook until the potatoes are soft, about 15 minutes. Add clams to the soup; cook until the clams are hot, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle bacon atop the soup. Season with salt and pepper to serve.

Nutrition Facts

575 calories; protein 20.5g; carbohydrates 31.6g; fat 40.8g; cholesterol 112.3mg; sodium 574mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2015
Five stars for easy & quick prep. Four stars for flavor. I am a razor clam digger and fan so I was anxious to try this recipe. I have to admit enjoying my recipe better because of additional ingredients. (like celery & thyme and those would be a great addition to this) This was still a very good recipe that takes alot less time to put together than my old recipe. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/30/2016
Diced potatoes cook really quickly. My potatoes ended up being rather mushy. This made the chowder thick without the flour but visually it wasn't very appealing. It looked rather grainy. I found the taste of the chowder to be very bland. I added quite a bit of salt and that improved it. However I did add pepper fresh parsley and thyme to up the flavor. I also added a couple of scoops of concentrated chicken broth...this increased the flavor quite a bit too....enough so that it didn't taste bland. I will see if the flavor gets better after sitting for a day. The recipe was simple to follow and fairly quick. I would use this again but continue to tweak the spices. Read More
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2015
Five stars for easy & quick prep. Four stars for flavor. I am a razor clam digger and fan so I was anxious to try this recipe. I have to admit enjoying my recipe better because of additional ingredients. (like celery & thyme and those would be a great addition to this) This was still a very good recipe that takes alot less time to put together than my old recipe. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2014
I also live in Washington state and go razor clamming with family and friends. I did as directed but also added a little diced celery just because it was in the fridge. This is a great recipe that I will use again. Simple ingredients but big flavor. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2015
We have already made this three or four times and it is the best recipe we've found for our Washington razor clams. The combination is the perfect consistency and makes great leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2014
It is very thick and creamy! We served ours in sourdough bread bowls and it was divine. What a dish. Great flavors. Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/10/2018
Great recipe but as mentioned before a little bland. I added fresh thyme celery and additional salt and that made all the difference. Now it's the best chowder I've ever had. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/30/2016
Diced potatoes cook really quickly. My potatoes ended up being rather mushy. This made the chowder thick without the flour but visually it wasn't very appealing. It looked rather grainy. I found the taste of the chowder to be very bland. I added quite a bit of salt and that improved it. However I did add pepper fresh parsley and thyme to up the flavor. I also added a couple of scoops of concentrated chicken broth...this increased the flavor quite a bit too....enough so that it didn't taste bland. I will see if the flavor gets better after sitting for a day. The recipe was simple to follow and fairly quick. I would use this again but continue to tweak the spices. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2018
Added some Celery and extra clams. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2019
Tastes good-first time making it and it was a success Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2019
This is delicious! The only thing I did differently is add thyme and dill. Yummy! Read More
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