Clam Chowder, Canadian Military Style

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins

This is a thick, hearty chowder. The recipe originated from a member of the Canadian Army. Serve with fresh rolls or thick slices of bread, if desired. Recipe courtesy of Allrecipes. Posted for Zaar World Tour II.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, combine the butter, celery and onion. Saute for about 3 minutes, add the flour and stir well to make a dry roux. Add the reserved clam juice to make a paste, then slowly add enough cold water to reach the desired thickness.
  2. Add the potatoes, milk, thyme and salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and allow soup to simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Add the clams and allow to heat through.
Most Helpful

I ate the CF's chowder every Fridays in garrison or on a ship for over 30 years. This comes as close to it as it can be and I don't think that a ship's complement would seem a difference. Well done. However, I always though there was a little something missing . I am a big fan of bacon so I would probably cook onions and celery in a little bacon fat instead of butter. Add to the clams' smokiness! Good job!

captrjd April 26, 2016

Sooo good! Soooo easy. I was short on time and needed a quick soup to go with Reubens. My husband is very complimentary to my meals, so a compliment is commonplace. But, when he tasted this soup (I've made a lot of homemade soup), he said it was the best I've ever made. The only thing I did differently was used milk and cream (instead of the evaporated) and added a little more than the recipe called for to thin it out and help it not to stick to the bottom of the pan while the potatoes were cooking. Also, instead of water I added whole milk. Since there's really no effort to this soup, I would make it on a whim. It's that simple and good!

cakens December 16, 2011

Very tasty clam chowder. I only used half the butter and flour and found that was plenty enough for flavor and to make it thick. I wasn't sure how much water to add so i just waited until I added the potatoes and evaporated milk. Then I added some regular milk to thin it just a bit. I also added 1/4 tsp. pepper and about the same of salt. Neat how this recipe uses mostly canned item. It was rich and creamy. Now for an after lunch nap. Made for ZWT4.

Kitchen Witch Steph June 30, 2008