What is better than a great New England chowder on a cold rainy day or at a family summer BBQ? There are many chowders out there that are either too time-consuming or too expensive for the average family to make. This version is one I have developed for my family and friends that is easy to make, does not break the bank, and also has the best interests of your waistline at heart. In New England you can buy chopped chowder clams at many of our local markets. If you do not have them readily available where you live, you can use canned clams. Serve with oyster crackers or some great garlic bread.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook and stir bacon in melted butter until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towel, reserving drippings in the pot. Add onion and celery to the reserved drippings; cook and stir until the onion is translucent, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Stir garlic, thyme, pepper, seafood seasoning, and paprika into the onion mixture. Sprinkle flour over the mixture and stir; cook for 2 minutes. Fold potatoes into the mixture. Pour seafood stock over the mixture. Add bay leaves. Bring the stock to a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and the liquid thickens to your liking, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Stir evaporated milk into the simmering stock; add cod, bay scallops, clam meat, and shrimp. Continue cooking the mixture at a simmer until the seafood is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Garnish with parsley to serve.

Nutrition Facts

418 calories; protein 46.6g; carbohydrates 28.5g; fat 12.6g; cholesterol 166.8mg; sodium 747.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2014
I cook for our chiropractic patients on Monday nights so I needed to make something that would feed 20+ people and not take all day to make. I also wanted to use up some frozen seafood in the freezer. This fit the bill! ALL our patients loved it! I made just a couple of changes/additions to accommodate what I already had on hand. A large can of clam juice for the seafood stock, imitation bacon bits instead of bacon (I know, I know, but I have a husband who can't stand bacon-go figure!), and frozen tilapia instead of cod. EVEN with all the frozen/canned substitutions, everyone LOVED it! I did add some sherry at the end because... it just goes great with creamy seafood soups! Also... very important.. it was true to time... I love and respect that. Great job, javaqueen! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/14/2019
There must be a typo on the black pepper - should be 1 Teaspoon not 1 Tablespoon - just wasted 4 pounds of great - seafood. This would be a good chowder if reduced pepper. Read More
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2014
I cook for our chiropractic patients on Monday nights so I needed to make something that would feed 20+ people and not take all day to make. I also wanted to use up some frozen seafood in the freezer. This fit the bill! ALL our patients loved it! I made just a couple of changes/additions to accommodate what I already had on hand. A large can of clam juice for the seafood stock, imitation bacon bits instead of bacon (I know, I know, but I have a husband who can't stand bacon-go figure!), and frozen tilapia instead of cod. EVEN with all the frozen/canned substitutions, everyone LOVED it! I did add some sherry at the end because... it just goes great with creamy seafood soups! Also... very important.. it was true to time... I love and respect that. Great job, javaqueen! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2018
A Little more work than I planned and pretty costly if you add all of the seafood which I did. Was perfect for Super Bowl with the Patriots playing. Highly recommend. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2017
I was unable to find fresh or frozen raw clams locally so I added a pound each of shrimp and scallops. I did not want to use canned or pre-cooked seafood in this recipe. The mix of seasonings was excellent and the thyme really brought it home! It was a huge hit at my mother's annual birthday soup dinner even after riding 110 miles in a crock pot. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2018
I made this last night and pretty much followed the recipe except I has slightly less seafood in it because of what I had on hand. I would make this again but use MUCH less pepper and a little less flour. All in all a very good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2017
I made a few changes to this recipe but overall I came out great! Here's what I used 2 potatos 3 stalks of celery 2 cans of minced clams 1 pound of cod. Everything else I used was the same as recipe. The flavors are delicious. If I had more money I would have added the scallops. I would have also added carrots. It's creamy and has a lot of flavor. Thank for you posting this recipe. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2019
Delicious and versatile recipe. Veggies broth and seafood can all be adjusted. Just keep the adjusted quantities similar. Same amount of veggies were used but I added mushrooms & carrots but decreased the quantity of potatoes. For the broth I used far free half and half rather than the 2nd can of evaporated milk. And I used seafood stock rather than clam juice. The one caution I would offer is to use less black pepper. I decreased it to 2 teaspoons and it was still overpowering and too hot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2018
No changes it was good enough for company! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/14/2019
There must be a typo on the black pepper - should be 1 Teaspoon not 1 Tablespoon - just wasted 4 pounds of great - seafood. This would be a good chowder if reduced pepper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2019
I cut all the spices in half and added only a half teaspoon of pepper. It was delicious! Read More
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