Clam Chowder

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 4 servings


The great flavors in this Clam Chowder recipe make it perfect for lunch or dinner. The sauteed potatoes, carrots, celery and onions add extra flavor dimension to this favorite chowder.


  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 cup peeled and finely chopped potato
  • 1/4 cup peeled and finely chopped carrot
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cans (12 fl. oz. each) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (6.5 oz.) chopped or minced clams, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper


MELT butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add potato, carrot, celery and onion. Cook, stirring frequently, for 7 to 8 minutes or until potato is tender.

COMBINE evaporated milk and flour in small bowl until blended; add to vegetable mixture. Stir in clams and juice, salt, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring frequently, for 15 to 20 minutes or until creamy and slightly thick.

Quick & delicious

by M. MB , Linden, MI on Jul. 2009

We had about a cup and half of grilled walleye which I substituted for the clams, also had one ear of precooked corn, which I cut from the cob and added. Yummy! Served with buttery, fresh basil crustinis.

The Best

by D. , Pittsfield, MA on Mar. 2008

I have made this chowder a few times now and everyone that has tried it has said it was The BEST chowder they ever tasted! Easy Recipe with great results.

delicious and easy

by m. m , MALDEN, MA on Jan. 2007

This chowder was great and quick and easy to make. My family loved it, I doubled the recipe. I took advice from other posters. I use fresh clams instead of canned, so I added the juice from steaming the clams. I added a tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley once the clam chowder was cooked. I also added black pepper and a dash more worcestire sauce then what the recipe called for. The kids can't wait for me to make it again. I was worried that adding the clam juice might might make the chowder to watery, but it was perfect!

clam chowder

by P. Pat , RENTON, WA on May. 2006

How easy to make and it tastes great. Both my husband and grandkids said that it was some of the best clam chowder they had ever tasted.


by M. Ms. , FARMINGDALE, NY on Aug. 2005

I had never tried worscestshire sauce in a clam chowder before. It added a nice little kick. This was a very easy recipe and we all liked it. A tossed salad, a loaf of crusty French bread and this great soup was the perfect comfort meal! I did add more clams than specified, for a little extra protein, but we finished every drop and morsel!

Great New England Tradition

by A. Angela , Newmarket, NH on Jun. 2005

I am not the best cook in the world, but I found that his recipe was easy to follow. The clam chowder turned out to be really good and even though the weather is getting warmer, I can't wait to make it again!

#1 chowder

by J. , Victoria BC on Apr. 2005

I have tried many chowder recipes and find this one to be the best. Great flavour and best of all it has a nice consistency - Not thick like glue! It also looks much better than the picture indicates. Use 2% milk or higher.

Family Pleaser!

by D. DEBRA , Coventry, CT on Jan. 2005

I also tripled this recipe. Hearty eaters in my family. Several changes, however, I did not add carrots, celery or 1/2 cup water - I wanted to see how thick this chowder was first - and for me it did not need water. We do not like "thin" New England Chowder. I added 2 tablespoons dried parsley, one-half lb. fresh chopped clams (next time 1 lb.) in addition to 3 cans chopped clams with juice, a little more than 1 cup of chopped sweet onion, 5-6 Idaho potatoes (these are the best in any soup/chowder), 1 1/2 tsp.salt, 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, 3/4 tsp. pepper (you can always add more for your own taste). Try it just once, and if you love New England Clam Chowder, you'll be making it again and again.

Clam Chowder

by K. Kenneth , Mattapoisett, MA on Dec. 2004

I have made this recipe at least six times so far, have added lots of estra potatoes and minced clams. It is always a hit with my family. I have to make a triple recipe so that I can have left overs. It is even better warmed up the next day.

Good chowder with great potential

by L. Laura , Jacksonville, FL on Dec. 2004

I made this quick and easy chowder for dinner last night. It was pretty good. The 2 things I will do next time is add more clams, or buy a better grade of canned clams, and sift my flour into the milk mixture to make it easier to mix in without lumps. Otherwise this was very tasty. I used bottled calm juice instead of water as another reviewer had done. The vegies were very fresh and good.