New England Clam Chowder


Embark on a culinary voyage to the charming shores of New England with our Classic Coastal New England Clam Chowder. This heartwarming soup combines tender clams, creamy potatoes, and savory bacon in a rich, creamy broth, capturing the essence of the sea with every spoonful. It's a timeless recipe that warms the soul and delights the palate.

New England Clam Chowder

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl (approximately 250ml)

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 250 kcal
  • Protein: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 50mg
  • Sodium: 600mg


  • Clams in shell – 2 pounds (900g)
  • Bacon, chopped – 4 slices
  • Onion, diced – 1 medium
  • Celery, chopped – 2 stalks
  • Garlic, minced – 2 cloves
  • Potatoes, peeled and diced – 3 medium
  • All-purpose flour – ¼ cup (30g)
  • Chicken or vegetable broth – 2 cups (480ml)
  • Heavy cream – 1 cup (240ml)
  • Dried thyme – ½ teaspoon (2.5g)
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Salt and pepper – to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped – for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Rinse the clams in cold water.
  2. In a large pot, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add clams, cover, and steam until they open (about 5-7 minutes).
  3. Remove clams, reserve the broth, and extract the clam meat. Chop the clam meat and set aside.
  4. In the same pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp.
  5. Add onion, celery, and garlic; cook until softened.
  6. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Gradually add the reserved clam broth and chicken or vegetable broth.
  8. Add potatoes, thyme, and bay leaf. Simmer until potatoes are tender.
  9. Stir in chopped clams and heavy cream.
  10. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Cook for another 5 minutes, then remove the bay leaf.
  12. Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Fresh Clams: Use fresh clams for the best flavor.
  • Broth Flavor: Reserve and strain the clam broth for an authentic taste.
  • Creaminess: Adjust the amount of heavy cream to your preference.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use canned clams?

Yes, canned clams are a convenient alternative, but fresh clams offer better flavor.

How can I thicken the chowder?

The chowder thickens as it cools. For a thicker consistency, mash some of the potatoes.

Can I make this chowder ahead of time?

Yes, it can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Reheat gently before serving.

Our Classic Coastal New England Clam Chowder is more than just a soup; it's a warm embrace from the sea. Each bowl is a hearty, comforting reminder of New England's coastal charm. Whether you're nestled by a fire or gathering with loved ones, this chowder is sure to bring cozy comfort to any moment.