Copycat Skippers Clam Chowder

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 45 mins

Full of Flavor and yummy Goodness , it is the best I have ever Made.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. NOTE: Prepare ingredients before starting! Experienced, or quick, cooks can ignore this advice. I'm neither experienced nor quick. If I don't prepare the ingredients before starting the chowder, it's a disaster.
  2. Bring the bottled clam juice and potatoes to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender (about ten minutes). Remove from heat.
  3. Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until bacon begins to brown (about 8-10 minutes). Add onions, celery, garlic, and bay leaf. Sautà until vegetables soften, about six minutes.
  4. Stir in flour and cook two minutes. Do not allow flour to brown.
  5. Gradually whisk in reserved juices from clams. Add potato mixture, calms, half-and-half, hickory smoke salt, and hot pepper sauce. Simmer chowder to blend flavors, stirring frequently.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Chowder can be served after as few as ten minutes of simmering, or it can sit on the stove contentedly for hours.
Most Helpful

This recipe is amazing!! It is as good or better than skipper's. I halved the amount of clams because I wanted to test the recipe and originally was only going to make a half batch. But as I was cooking, the flavors were so good, I decided to make a full batch and I did use pre-sliced package Bacon, so there were six slices to fill in anywhere there might have been a clam or two missing. But I really didn't notice anything missing at all because it was just so good!! I did sub heavy cream for half half because that's what I had on hand. Just for fun, I added a little corn. I don't think I'll ever need to look for another clam chowder recipe. I will make this again and again. I'm thinking of taking some over to my parents for lunch but I will certainly be making a double batch so there's some left for me!!

Katrin O. November 22, 2013

Tastes great! Hard to say if it's just like Skipper's, because it's been so many years since I've had it, but I think it's pretty close! I also added some thyme during the cooking of veggies and bacon. I didn't have hot sauce so I sprinkled in some cayenne pepper instead. Worked just fine! As a Oregon native no longer living in the state, this is the clam chowder I've been missing!

kara.vrooman December 01, 2014

This seems promising but there are a few holes in the instructions, like how much bottled clan juice and pepper sauce? Neither are in the ingredients so I didn't buy them. If you update that I'll retry and change my rating

Brooke M. September 24, 2014