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Oregon Coast Clam Chowder

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“This oustanding recipe was a favorite of my husband's and I on our honeymoon at Seaside Oregon located on the northern pacific coast.”
1hr 15mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 quarts littleneck clams (about 1 2/3 cups cooked and chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 lb bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups fish stock
  • 1 12 lbs potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 cups light cream
  • oyster crackers (optional)


  1. Clean the clams and place them in a large pot along with the garlic and water.
  2. Steam the clams just until opened, about 6 to 10 minutes, depending upon their size.
  3. Drain and shell the clams, reserving the broth.
  4. Mince the clam flesh, and set aside.
  5. Filter the clam broth either through coffee filters or cheesecloth and set aside.
  6. In a large, heavy pot slowly cook the bacon.
  7. Remove from the grease and set them aside.
  8. Slowly cook the onions in the grease for about 6 minutes, stirring frequently, or until cooked through but not browned.
  9. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.
  10. Add the reserved clam broth and the fish stock, and whisk to remove any flour lumps.
  11. Bring the liquid to a boil, add the potatoes, lower the heat, and simmer until the potatoes are cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  12. Stir in the reserved clams and light cream.
  13. Heat the chowder until it is the temperature you like.
  14. Serve in large soup bowls with oyster crackers on the side.

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