Incredibly Creamy Clam Chowder

I’ve been craving clam chowder for weeks now. Finally, last weekend I decided to make some and wow did it turn out great! I lookedDelicious, Creamy Clam Chowder through several recipes online and none of them fit exactly what I was looking for.

Everytime I’ve gotten clam chowder when I go out to eat I end up getting a bowl of mostly soup juice. There’s a couple potatoes in it and clams here and there but not much at all.

Sometimes you get lucky though and it’s incredibly creamy making up for the lack of ingredients…almost.

Finally, I decided I would make my own homemade clam chowder to see how it compared to the bowls I’d been buying.

It’s been almost a month since I purchased the ingredients and now I actually used them.

It took some time to come up with a recipe I liked. I ended up starting with this one here and changing it to fit what I wanted.

Every bowl was filled with potatoes, celery, and clams. It tasted incredible!

So let’s get to it! Here are all the ingredients you’ll be needing.

Ingredients for Clam Chowder
Incredibly Creamy Homemade Clam Chowder
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Amazingly creamy homemade clam chowder filled with the best mixture of potatoes, celery, clams, and more that you'll ever find.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
40 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
40 Minutes
Incredibly Creamy Homemade Clam Chowder
Print Recipe
Amazingly creamy homemade clam chowder filled with the best mixture of potatoes, celery, clams, and more that you'll ever find.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
40 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 People 15 Minutes
Cook Time
40 Minutes
Main Ingredients
Servings: People
  1. Start first by cutting up everything that'll be going into your soup. Dice the onion, celery, and potatoes, and put them each into separate bowls.
  2. Add the bacon slices to a frying pan and cook until they're extra crispy. Once they're done, put them onto a plate with a paper towel over it to soak up excess grease.
    Crispy Bacon
  3. Add the diced onions and minced garlic to the frying pan used to cook the bacon and cook them until the onions start becoming soft. (I cooked mine about 10 minutes covered with a lid and stirring every three minutes)
    Preparing Clam Chowder
  4. Add the diced celery to the pan and mix it in with the onions and garlic. Again cook for about 10 minutes.
  5. While those are cooking, get the next couple ingredients ready to put in. You'll need thyme, flour, clam juice (not the clams), hot water, chicken base, and milk all ready to go.
  6. Mix the chicken base and hot water together in a separate cup.
  7. When the celery is nice and tender, add in the tsp of ground thyme and stir it in real good for about a minute.
    Adding Celery to Clam Chowder
  8. Add in the flour and again stir it for just over a minute until the flour starts to turn brown.
  9. Slowly stir in the milk, followed by the chicken base mixture, then the clam juice.
  10. Crush the bay leaves and add them to the pan. Stir everything for about 2-3 minutes.
  11. Add the diced potatoes (with the peelings still on for more flavor), and bring everything to a boil.
    Making Homemade Clam Chowder
  12. It shouldn't take long at all to boil then, once it does, reduce the heat to low and let everything simmer until the potatoes are nice and soft. (About 15-20 min).
  13. Stir in the heavy cream and add the clams. I would again bring it to a boil so that the clams are heated all the way through.
  14. Salt and Pepper the soup to taste and you're ready to go!
    Creamy Homemade Clam Chowder
  15. Dish out the soup and serve it while it's still hot. Have the saltines or oyster crackers ready to go!
  16. If you wish, you can garnish the soup with the bacon crisps you made, a small amount of cheese, and 1/4-1/2 Tsp of Chia Seeds. Add these to each dish individually as you don't want the chia seeds sitting in the main pan for too long...or the cheese for that matter!
    Delicious, Creamy Clam Chowder
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Jessica Camden

Welcome to Your Post Baby Body! I'm Jessica and have been blessed with 3 beautiful little boys, Conner, Jackson, and Jayden. I've learned throughout each of my pregnancies that building your post baby body can be quite difficult. I've learned what works and what doesn't, where to start, and how to build up. My dream is help other moms get the post baby body they want through diet, exercise, and natural remedies!

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  1. Jake says:

    This looks really really good. Too often I find clam chowder to be like water with a few potatoes and clams mixed in. This creamy chowder filled with goodies that you show here actually looks like what I think clam chowder should be. I’ll have to try this recipe some time. I’m sure it’ll be tasty.

    • Jessica Camden says:

      Thank you 🙂 I’ve found that to be true for most clam chowders too. I love that this one is filling with plenty of ingredients!


  2. Marlinda Davis says:

    This clam chowder sounds delicious. I have to give it a try. Its the only way I’ll even think about eating clams and somehow I just don’t think of it as eating clams.

    I am glad to know that I’m not the only one who buys ingredients and makes whatever it is in a month…or so…hehe 🙂 Like the little guy on Shimmer and Shine says, “It happens…it happens a lot!” lol (at least for me ^^; )

    Thanks for sharing and I really enjoy the information on your site!

  3. Celeste says:

    What a great recipe. I’m definitely going to try it this holiday when my family come to visit. I love the step by step photo’s you’ve included. I’m a photographer and naturally see the world in pictures. Your pictures are great by the way. Having a visual guideline when cooking always makes it easier. Great niche site to help moms to be.

  4. Katie says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My family is coming for thanksgiving and I have been looking for a soup to do on Wednesday and this is perfect! I’ll definitely be bookmarking your page! I love finding unique and homemade recipes, so hopefully I can make this one. I am not the best cook, but this seems easy enough! Thanks again!

    • Jessica Camden says:

      It is a family favorite of ours 🙂 I hope your family enjoys it as much as we do!

      Have a happy thanksgiving!


  5. Norma S. says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipe, Jessica — creamy clam chowder. Gosh, you make it seem so easy and I love your step-by-step guide. It’s been 21 years since my last baby (boy, that’s aging me), but I do appreciate that you’re helping newer moms to get back to near pre-pregnancy bodies through diet, exercise, and natural remedies! After all, there is no magic pill, just a matter of lifestyle. I look forward to making this especially since this is my family’s favorite chowder!

    • Jessica Camden says:

      It is a pretty easy recipe 🙂 The first time I made it, it turned out great! Since then, I changed just a few things to make it taste better.

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!