Creamy Canadian Clam Chowder

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

I enjoyed this wonderful chowder in Victoria BC and tried to reproduce it @ home.Wonderful! A tasty trick:Puré 1/2 can of the clams; it really adds to the taste.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pan-fry bacon in a medium heavy skillet over moderate heat until crisp. Drain and crumble bacon; set aside.
  2. Add onion and celery to pan and sauté over moderate heat until tender but not brown. In a large heavy saucepan, combine onions, celery, drained potatoes, chicken bouillon, clam juice and enough water to cover potatoes.
  3. Cook, partially covered, over moderate heat for about 10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are crisp tender.
  4. Stir in 2 cups milk; simmer another 5 minutes and add seasonings to taste.
  5. Reduce heat; add clams until they are heated through.
  6. Combine the rest of the milk and flour, blending until smooth; stir mixture into chowder.
  7. Heat chowder over low to moderate heat, stirring constantly, until chowder is bubbly hot and slightly thickened.
  8. Add cooked bacon.
  9. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  10. If possible refrigerate chowder, covered, for 24 hours to develop flavors.


Most Helpful

Excellent chowder! I didn't want a chowder thickened with a lot of flour or with a lot of cream and this recipe was perfect. I tried the trick of pureeing some of the clams and it really did add to the flavour and added some body to the soup as well. The only change I made was to use chicken broth instead of boullion and water, and to add a diced, large carrot.Lovely, light chowder. Thank you, Sage.

Cookin-jo February 01, 2008

I wanted to taste a bowl as soon as I made it today, even though it's recommended to wait 24 hours. It was so good I had to have a second bowl! Can't wait to have another tomorrow..... Delicious seasoning, and full of onion, celery and bacon goodness, too. It was a little thin, but I didn't thicken it further until I see if it thickens overnight. Thanks for sharing a real winner.

PanNan June 24, 2006

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