Clam Chowder

Ultimate Clam Chowder

Ultimate Clam Chowder is creamy and savory, made with potatoes, cream, seasoning, and minced clams, ready in 30 minutes!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword clam chowder
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 434 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 4 pieces bacon diced
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 3 6.5 ounce cans minced clams
  • 2 yukon potatoes diced
  • 2 cups clam juice 16 ounces
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
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  1. Add the bacon to a large dutch oven over medium heat and cook until crisp, remove and leave fat behind then add in the onion, garlic, celery, carrots, salt and pepper and cook for 3-4 minutes before adding in the juice from all the cans of clams, the clam juice and the potatoes and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes until the carrots and potatoes are tender.

  2. In a medium saucepan add the butter and flour whisking together for a minute to cook out the raw flour taste before whisking in the heavy cream and whole milk until smooth then pour it into the pot with the vegetables and warm (do not let this boil).
  3. Just before servings add in the clams and red wine vinegar and garnish with the crumbled bacon.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Ultimate Clam Chowder
Amount Per Serving
Calories 434 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 826mg36%
Potassium 377mg11%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 3330IU67%
Vitamin C 7.7mg9%
Calcium 114mg11%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.