Total Time
4hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 4 hrs

Clam Chowder for the Crock Pot (or not)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute pork or bacon and onion until golden brown;drain.
  2. Put clams in crock pot with bacon.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients, except milk or half-and-half.
  4. Cover and cook on High 3-4 hours.
  5. Add 1 cup milk or half-and-half and cornstarch last hour of cooking.
  6. Add remaining milk or half and half before serving.
  7. STOVE TOP INSTRUCTIONS: Place all ingredients EXCEPT milk and cornstarch in kettle.
  8. Simmer on low heat for 45 minutes.
  9. Mix cornstarch into milk and add to kettle.
  10. DO NOT BOIL.
  11. Heat to warm, then serve.
Most Helpful

Fabulous! I added a cup of chopped celery (a standard for me), 1 clove of garlic, 1 T butter, and a couple of extra potatoes. Lovely, thick, rich and tasty!!

Scouter Girl January 07, 2009

We really liked this but thought it could have benefited from less liquid and more seasoning, I'm sure that's because we don't eat pork so there was no seasoning from the bacon/salt pork. The first time around I used red potatoes, 2 12 ounce cans of baby clams, and a half a can of cream of chicken soup at the end to try to thicken it up a bit. I'm making it again today and have cut out half-cup of water, am using russet potatoes, a dash of salt & pepper, and a dash or two of liquid smoke to help with the smokey flavor the bacon would have provided, if we had used it. By cutting the liquid I hope to get a thicker chowder. All-in-all this was a GREAT recipe. Thanks!

T-Logan December 26, 2008

Restaurant quality! I used 3 cans of clams instead of 2 and was perfect!! Not sure why others have said it was salty. Even using all the clam juice I still had to add salt. Maybe the salt pork is saltier than bacon? The 2 T of cornstarch was better for me because it made it the perfect consistency. I also used half and half, not milk. I've done this in crock pot and stove top and it turned out better on stove top. I don't think things thicken up as well in the crock pot. GREAT clam chowder and so simple!

natwatson December 31, 2013