Manhattan Clam Chowder

Living on this joyous little island on the wonderful Eastern Shore you’re sure to eat your fair share of clam chowder. For me, there’s nothing more fun than strapping on a  pair of old canvas sneakers, finding a muddy sandbar at low tide, and digging your toes around in the mud until you run into you fill up your bucket with fresh quahogs. Or as well call them, “chowders”.

The big guys aren’t good for much besides soups and clam strips. So, I’ll usually make a batch of chowder when we come across some. About 2 dozen will be more than enough to make a large pot of chowder.

There are a couple ways you can go when it comes to clam chowder. The most well-known is your New England variety, which is cream based. That’s the husband’s favorite, and I plan on sharing that recipe with you soon. But today I’m sharing my recipe for Manhattan, which is tomato based, and my personal favorite…

Bacon, potatoes, celery, onions, tomatoes, and clams. Basic, but oh so delicious.  Now, I realize some of you may not be able to come across fresh clams as easily as I am. In that case, a couple cans of clams and a some bottled clam juice works just fine.

But, if you have a great seafood counter or shop in your neighborhood I’d highly encourage you to try to find some fresh. They’re cheap as far as it goes on the seafood spectrum, and the flavor is unparalleled.

A perfect dinner for these chilly fall evenings, that holds onto one last taste of summer. Make sure to make some homemade oyster crackers to go along with it, they’re the perfect topping and only take a few minutes to throw together. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Source: adapted from Simply Recipes


  1. Kim in MD
    Posted November 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM | Permalink

    I love clam chowder but I have never made it at home. Your recipe looks amazing, and I can’t wait to try it!

  2. Posted November 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM | Permalink

    I’ve never had clam chowder. Living on the coast in Florida, I eat a lot more fish and shrimp then clams, but this looks easy enough to give it a try!

  3. Posted November 7, 2014 at 8:24 PM | Permalink

    I have never made clam chowder before but it looks so good!!

  4. keena
    Posted November 7, 2014 at 8:58 PM | Permalink

    This is a great recipe! Way better than New England style, especially for those who are lactose intolerant.

  5. Posted November 7, 2014 at 11:11 PM | Permalink

    I’ve always wanted to make clam chowder but never found the perfect recipe, thanks for sharing yours – It looks delicious and I definitely have to make it!

  6. Posted November 8, 2014 at 9:35 PM | Permalink

    I live on the other coast in a coastal town. We too have clams. And we are pretty darn picky about your chowder. It’s on menus year round. And is beloved. This looks like a winning recipe to me. In fact I wish a bowl of it was waiting in my kitchen right now.

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