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Thick New England Clam Chowder Recipe in white bowl sitting on a wooden table.

New England Clam Chowder

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Clam Chowder, New England Clam Chowder
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 314kcal
Author Heather


  • 4 strips bacon *cut into pieces
  • 1 lg onion *chopped, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 lg celery stalks *chopped
  • 4 cups diced Yukon Gold potatoes *about 8 small potatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic *crushed or minced
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup sherry
  • 1 8 oz bottle clam juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 10 oz cans whole baby clams
  • fresh chopped chives *as a garnish


  • Cut bacon strips into smaller pieces.
  • Place an enamled dutch oven over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Remove bacon from pan leaving bacon grease.
  • Rasie heat to med/high and add chopped onions and celery. Cook until sweating.
  • To onion mixture add cut potatoes, thyme, pepper, garlic, sherry, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce and clam juice. Cook until potatoes are almost tender.
  • Measure milk and cream. In a smaller bowl combine flour and a small amount of the measured milk. Whisk until smooth adding more milk if necessary.
  • Add flour mixture to dutch oven and then stir in rest of cream and milk. Cook until thick and bubbly, making sure the potatoes are tender.
  • Stir in clam and bacon bits. Cook for 1-2 minutes. 


*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 
Recipe Notes
  • Be careful to not over cook clams as they will become tough and rubbery. Cook no longer than 2 minutes for whole baby clams and n more than 1 minute for chopped clams. 
  • For extra creamy clam chowder use half and half in place of milk (total of 3 cups).
  • Garnish with fresh chopped chives or oyster crackers. 


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 881mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 2mg