New England clam chowder

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I have previously written about my love for New England clam chowder. Having clam chowder in Boston many, many moons ago was quite the revelation for a younger me, which you can read about here. So when I was approached by a well known cream brand to collaborate with them recently, it made sense that I used my recipe for clam chowder. With the weather getting cooler here in Ireland, it’s the perfect time to give it a try (and for my Australian followers, there’s still time for those of you in southern areas to have this soup in the evening.) Sourcing clams can be a bit tricky, depending on where you live. Fresh is definitely best, but if you’re stuck then clams in a jar or tin can be used, and if all else fails then omitting them altogether still results in a very tasty potato and bacon chowder! Serves four.

Preparation: 10mins

Cooking: 30mins


  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 8 slices of smoked streaky bacon, diced; or approx 250g diced bacon/ lardons
  • 1 large brown onion, diced
  • 2 sticks of celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 60ml dry white wine
  • 1 litre fish or vegetable stock
  • 1 kilogram floury potatoes (e.g. rooster, red royale, sebago), peeled and diced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, stalk removed
  • 1.5 kilos of clams (or four 130g jars of clams or two 280g cans of clams, drained)
  • 250ml cooking cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for serving
  • Crackers for serving, oyster crackers if you can get them otherwise any small, buttery cracker will do



  • Place a stock pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil and then fry the bacon until crispy. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the onions and celery and fry until softened and translucent.
  • Add the flour and fry for one minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the white wine and fry off until most of the liquid has evaporated. Continue to stir.
  • Add the stock and stir well to combine. Increase the heat until the stock has begun to boil.
  • Add the potatoes, bay leaves, thyme and half of the bacon. Reduce the heat to a simmer.  Cook for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft and falling apart.
  • If using fresh clams, firstly rinse them under running water to remove any grit. Then in a separate saucepan, over a high heat add the clams with a cup of water. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat to medium and allow to steam for 3-5 minutes or until the clams have opened. Any unopened clams are to be discarded.
  • Add the freshly cooked or canned clams and cream to the chowder. Cook for a further 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with remaining bacon, parsley and crackers; Serve and enjoy!



2 Comments Add yours

  1. We call it “Showder” 😉 😀 It looks great!

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