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creamy clam chowder

Creamy Clam Chowder

  • Author: Melissa
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x


A delicious creamy clam chowder soup that is easy to make


Units Scale
  • 3 Tbsp. of unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 sweet onion diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 celery stalk – sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. of thyme leaves
  • 3 Tbsp. of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of 2% or whole milk
  • 2 cups of vegetable stock
  • 2 (6.5 oz.) cans of chopped clams with juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Russet potatoes – peeled and diced
  • 1 cup of half & half
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream


  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, melt the butter
  • Add chopped onions and sliced celery
  • Cook for about 3-5 minutes or until onions become translucent
  • Add the garlic, thyme, and flour
  • Mix to make a flour base
  • Pour in milk and vegetable stock and whisk with the flour
  • Add clams with juices and mix in
  • Add cut potatoes and bay leaves
  • Boil for about 15 minutes
  • Add half & half, salt, pepper, parsley, and heavy cream
  • Cook, stirring occasionally until thickened up


Can I Make Clam Chowder Ahead of Time?

Yes. You can make clam chowder ahead of time, but I wouldn’t recommend more than 1 day in advance. Potatoes are always the tricky ingredient in make-ahead recipes. The longer they sit and the longer they cook they release starch and tend to crumble apart.

Reheating: Reheat in a pan on the stove until heated through – stirring occasionally to prevent scalding on the bottom of the pot

What Do I Serve with Clam Chowder?

Oyster crackers are always the preferred cracker when serving clam chowder. If you don’t have oyster crackers, then regular saltine crackers will do

How much does this Recipe Serve?

This recipe serves 3 large bowls of soup as a main dish, but you can divide that into smaller bowls if this is a soup to be served on the side.

You can also double or triple this recipe for more

What Can I Serve on the Side of Creamy Clam Chowder?

  • a side salad
  • baked potato
  • bread
  • corn on the cob
  • cornbread
  • hush puppies

Tips and Tricks for Clam Chowder

  • if you need more soup, then you can easily double or triple this recipe
  • russet potatoes are the best potato for this soup
  • this soup comes together fairly quickly, so you can make this last minute for a delicious lunch or dinner
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25-30 minutes