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A bright red soup plate of clam chowder sits on a wooden table. The chowder is garnished with parsley and paprika.
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Easy Clam Chowder From Scratch in 30 Minutes

Cook Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 458kcal
Author: Mirlandra Neuneker


  • 3 - 4 slices bacon chopped into bits
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes peeled and cut into small dice (can use russet potatoes)
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 can chopped clams 10oz, drained weight is 5oz* (or use baby clams)
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley


  • In a large heavy pot cook bacon over medium heat. Stir until it’s just getting brown, but don’t let it crisp.
  • Cut the green tops off of the onions and set aside for later. Chop the white and light green parts and add to bacon, along with butter. Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
  • Add flour and cook for another 30 seconds. Stir in potatoes, water, pepper and salt. Bring to boil and cook with the lid cracked, for 15 – 20 minutes until potatoes are tender. Stir frequently to prevent burning.
  • Chop ½ cup of the reserved green onion tops and add to chowder with drained clams, milk, cream and parsley.
  • Cook, stirring until heated through but not boiling. If you boil the milk will separate and the texture will become grainy. Taste and add additional pepper and salt if necessary.
  • Serve hot with warm French bread, garlic bread or green salad.


Note: Baby clams are the best flavor for this. You can chop them into smaller bits if you like. Children or those that are used to restaurant chowder might not like the full 10oz. You can stir in half the can, see what you think and add more as desired. Sometimes I stir in half the can and serve the rest on the side for those that like more clams in their chowder.


Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 447mg | Potassium: 659mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 604IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 1mg