New England Clam Chowder Dip


After joking about making this dip in a previous video, I found it turned out amazingly well. Farewell, French onion dip - a new soup-inspired dip is in town. Garnish with more parsley and serve alongside puffed potato chips since potatoes are an important part of clam chowder!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
1 small casserole dish


  • 6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • ½ cup chopped green onions

  • cup diced celery

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans chopped clams, drained

  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley

  • 4 ounces grated white Cheddar cheese

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay®)

  • ½ ounce grated white Cheddar cheese, or to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Cook bacon in a dry saucepan over medium heat until bacon is crispy and fat begins to foam, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove a few tablespoons of bacon to reserve for the top. Add green onions, celery, and a pinch of salt. Cook and stir until vegetables just start to soften, about 2 minutes. Drain bacon grease if desired. Turn off heat and let mixture cool.

  3. Place cream cheese in a large bowl. Add the bacon-veggie mixture, clams, parsley, and 4 ounces Cheddar cheese. Season with Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and Old Bay® seasoning. Mix until nicely combined. Transfer into a small baking dish; smooth out the top. Scatter the reserved bacon and remaining Cheddar over the dip. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on top to get a richer, browned top.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until dip is heated through and top is browned, about 20 minutes. Heat under the broiler to further brown the top, about 1 minute more.

Chef's Notes:

If you don't have store-bought Old Bay(R) seasoning, here's how to make your own.

Swap paprika for cayenne pepper if desired.

For a slightly thinner dip, include the clam juice from the can.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

248 Calories
19g Fat
3g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 248
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 446mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 9mg 43%
Calcium 142mg 11%
Iron 9mg 52%
Potassium 304mg 6%

* 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.