Mo's Clam Chowder

"This is from Mo's Restaurant that have many locations along the Oregon Coast. They make the best clam chowder and this is supposed to be their recipe. I have a recipe for a lactose free version as well if you need it."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • In a large pot, sauté the bacon slices until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove them from the pan.
  • In the bacon grease, sauté the onions with a pinch of salt and cook them for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes to the onions as well as the flour and stir the flour well. Cook the potatoes for about 10-12 minutes and the potatoes start to soften. Season the potatoes with salt, pepper, lemon pepper, and parsley. You may crumble the cooked bacon and return them back to the pan if desired, but Mo's doesn't keep them in their soup, just as a flavoring. I personally add them as not to waste them!
  • Pour in the milk and the water and clams with juice, and cook to a boil. Turn the stove down to med heat and cover with a lid. Continue to cook for about 15 minutes and the potatoes are tender.
  • Pour the soup into individual bowls and serve with a dollop of butter and a sprinkle of paprika.

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  1. very close to Mo's Clam Chowder, My step mom sent it to me and I was trying to find it again I think this is it but the one listed is very close and easy to follow
  2. I grew up in Portland, and Mo's is the best place for chowder on the Oregon coast. This chowder recipe is very very good, however, it's not Mo's. Definately give it a try, it was a hit at my house on Xmas Eve (chowder is a tradition in our house), but if you're looking for Mo's, keep looking, this isn't it.
  3. Sorry, I grew up on the Oregon coast and the best chowder is not Mo's. Sure it's good but the best was Chowder Bowl in Newport. Sorry to nitpick but there is a reason the locals dont go to Mo's and only the valley folk and tourists do.
  4. I really really enjoyed this recipe, my husband is from Oregon and asked me to try to make 'Mo's clam chowder', the recipe as a whole is super easy to follow and make, however being I have never had the real Mo's, I am not sure the comparison, but this recipe turned out delish and do recommend it!
    • Review photo by HAB15
  5. I was born in OR and every time we'd go back to visit family, we would make sure to visit MO's for the clam chowder. This is definitely not comparable to MO's. I made it according to the recipe (cooking the potatoes is no liquid was weird and didn't work very well) and when I finally got everything finished, I taste tested the soup and it was very bland. I added 2 cubes of chicken bullion, a tsp of worstershire, and another Tablespoon of flour mixed with a little of the milk to prevent clumping. After adding these ingredients, the soup actually had some flavor. Still not MO's, but definitely better than the original recipe. I cannot give this recipe anymore than 2 stars. If I hadn't changed it, I'm not sure I would have been able to eat it.
    • Review photo by Wendy F.



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