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Manhattan Clam Chowder

Homemade Manhattan Clam Chowder is easy to make and a lot less expensive than buying it at your favorite seafood restaurant. You'll love this delicious recipe.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 132kcal
Author: Chef Dennis Littley


  • 36 large clams
  • 3 cups clam broth from steaming the clams
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 3 slices bacon diced
  • 2 large carrots diced
  • 4 stalks stalks celery diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 medium potatoes diced- skin on or off your choice
  • 16 ounce diced tomatoes (canned)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parsley chopped (optional)


  • The first step is steaming the clams you’ll be using for the soup. Add one cup of water to a large pot over medium heat. Add the clams and cover. Steam the clams for 8-10 minutes or until they steam open.
    **Don’t let the clams cook longer than it takes to steam open.
  • Once the clams have steamed open, remove them from the stove and allow to cool until you can safely handle the clams.
  • When the clams have sufficiently cooled, remove the meat from the shells. Don’t remove the little mussel that holds the clam to the shell, it will be tough and chewy.
    **Discard the shells but make sure to save all the juice from the steamed clams.
  • Chops the clams into small pieces and refrigerate until needed.
  • In a large sauce pot, fry the bacon over medium-low heat until the fat renders and the bacon gets a little crispy, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the onion, carrot and celery, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 7-10 minutes.
  • Add the stock, clam juice, tomatoes, potatoes and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 60 minutes.
    **Skim the oil off the top of the soup and discard
  • Stir in clams and season with sea salt and pepper to taste. Bring back to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer.
  • Add in chopped parsley(optional) and serve with your favorite crusty bread


Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 530mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4383IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg