19. Crockpot Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder is a versatile soup. It makes a hardy and delicious lunch or dinner and is appropriate to serve in both cold and warm weather.


5 (6 1/2 oz.) cans minced clams with juice
1/2 lb. salt pork or bacon, trimmed of extra fat and diced
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup minced celery
6 to 8 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" cubes
1 cup additional clam juice
2 cups water
3-1/2 tsp Kosher or sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
3 to 4 tbs cornstarch
2 tbs butter

Make Ahead Preparation:

In a saute pan over medium heat, cook bacon or salt pork until lightly browned. Add onions and cook until translucent. Transfer to crockpot.

Add clams, celery, clam juice, water, salt and pepper to crockpot. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or low 5 to 6 hours. Times can be adjusted. You just want to be sure that the vegetables are cooked through.

During the last hour of cooking, add the cream to the crockpot. Mix the cornstarch and the milk and add that to the crockpot as well. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Add butter. Chowder is done when thickened to your liking.

Can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Serving Suggestions:
For a hardy meal, take a small loaf of crusty, round country bread. Cut off the top, take out the inside leaving about 1 inch of bread on the crust. Serve chowder in the bread bowl.

Top with a handful of oyster crackers or some chopped parsley.

For something special, ladle soup into serving bowl and add in 3 or 4 fresh grilled Littleneck or Cherrystone clams in the shell.

For an authentic New England meal, serve with an ear of corn fresh off the grill.


  1. I love the presentation - such a great idea.

  2. This is wonderful--thank you for the recipe!

  3. The instructions don't call for the potatoes that are in the recipe...

  4. My apologies, Melody. You can add the potatoes at the beginning when you add the clams and the celery. Just adjust your cooking time to accommodate the size of the potato chunks you use so they don't get overly soft. Thanks again. I'll adjust the recipe.

  5. Ummm...I didn't even notice that you didn't mention when to add the potatoes until I read Melody's comment...I just put them in after everything else...but it looks like you still forgot to adjust the!!!

    1. Sorry about that, Karen. I'll take care of that right now.

  6. Help! I've made this recipe several times and loved it, but I can't seem to see it any longer. Please repost!!!

  7. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I'll take a look at it right now.

  8. Everything should be working normally again. My apologies for the inconvenience.

  9. Thank you so much! I love your recipe!

  10. Potatoes still aren't in the instructions, though the sentence about making sure the vegetable*s* are cooked through implies that they should be in already.

  11. My apologies. I will make that change ASAP.