New England Razor Clam Chowder


Thick New England clam chowder with 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 likes thick clam chowder. If you do not want it as thick, omit the flour, and use milk instead of cream. Serve with bread and salad.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon strips, diced

  • 2 pounds potatoes, diced

  • 1 onion, minced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 pound frozen razor clams, thawed with liquid reserved

  • 1 bay leaf

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. 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 paper towel-lined plate, reserving drippings in the pot.

  2. Cook and stir potatoes, onion, and garlic in hot drippings until onion is translucent, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir flour into potato mixture; cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir evaporated milk, heavy cream, liquid from clams, and bay leaf into potato mixture.

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

575 Calories
41g Fat
32g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 575
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 52%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 574mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 33mg 166%
Calcium 194mg 15%
Iron 9mg 52%
Potassium 986mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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