Clam Chowder Recipes

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New England Razor Clam Chowder

Rating: 4.58 stars
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.

Zesty Manhattan Clam Chowder

Rating: 5 stars
This is a family recipe that we finally got my father-in-law to share. It can be easily adjusted for the kick that suits your taste. People can also add chopped jalapenos to their individual bowls if they want a zestier chowder.

California Clam Chowder

Rating: 4.86 stars
A delicious California take on the traditional New England clam chowder. We serve this every Christmas Eve.

Manhattan Style Clam Chowder

Rating: 4.39 stars
A hearty blend of vegetables and clams with a little added spice. This soup is better the next day.

Cathie's Clam Chowder

Rating: 4.67 stars
Mmm, good! Oakies version of clam chowder. Don't forget the saltines! Add one more jar of clam juice, for those of you who like it clammy -- I know that's how my hubby likes it. Enjoy!

Quick and Easy Clam Chowder

Rating: 4.65 stars
The best ever clam chowder you have ever tasted, and it is easy and fast. You will pass this recipe along to your family and friends. If you like more clams you can always add more. Sometimes I will also cube potatoes and throw them in.

Danielle's Seafood Chowder

Rating: 4.87 stars
I wanted to serve a different dish from the usual seafood casserole so I played with the dish and came up with this.

Mom's Nova Scotia Seafood Chowder

Rating: 4.8 stars
Being from the Easy Coast, I've tried a lot of different chowders; however, my Mom's takes the cake. She makes a huge pot of this chowder every Christmas Eve and all of it is gone by Christmas night. Although it is not very healthy, it is an awesome treat once in awhile for any of us that love seafood! I normally throw in a dash of garlic and onion powder. Enjoy!

Potato Bacon Clam Chowder

Rating: 4.5 stars
A white, cream-based chowder, this recipe adds more then the usual ingredients. I added skin-on red potatoes, spinach leaves, mushrooms, and bacon for both flavor and texture. I don't always measure exactly, more of an eye for ingredients as I go along. Feel free to experiment.

Rhode Island Red Clam Chowder

Rating: 3.94 stars
How can a New Englander love Manhattan over New England clam chowder? Because I like to taste the clams, not just heavy cream with lumps. I came up with this recipe today using what I had on hand, but feel free to improvise. This tastes just like the chowder you get at the beach with clam cakes! When reheating, do not boil or it will 'rubberize' the clams.

Cauliflower Clam Chowder (Low Calorie)

Rating: 3 stars
Dairy-free and low-calorie New England-style clam chowder. Feel free to make it your own.

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Quick Manhattan Clam Chowder
Rating: Unrated
"This was exactly what I was looking for. Prep was straightforward and the end result was excellent…plenty of goodness in every spoonful!" – Howard
Hatteras-Style Clam Chowder
Rating: Unrated
"This is a wonderful recipe! Being from coastal Virginia, this is the style of clam chowder I grew up eating." – betsy

My Best Clam Chowder

Rating: 4.62 stars

A delicious, traditional, cream based chowder, this recipe calls for the standard chowder ingredients: onion, celery, potatoes, diced carrots, clams, and cream. A little red wine vinegar is added before serving for extra flavor.