Best Clam Chowder Recipe

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German Soup Recipe: best clam chowder

THIS ONE! From all the recipes using clams, this one is so easy to make. If you're looking for a seafood soup recipe that you can alter depending on what seafood you have, add this soup to your repertoire. Want it lower in calories? Use milk instead of cream and use low-fat sour cream instead of regular sour cream. 

Yes, although "Clam Chowder" is known as a famous American dish, in Germany it's called "Muschelsuppe" and is very popular as well.

There is no one original American recipe ... neither is there one original German recipe. Check out the "Oma says" at the end to find out how to make this more German! I'll give you a hint ... it's not more cream ...

Give this easy recipe a try. I think you'll also call it the BEST clam chowder recipe you've had! Really! Wunderbar!

Best Clam Chowder Recipe


  • 2 cans shucked or minced clams (5 oz or 6 1/2 oz cans)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed potatoes
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 lb haddock or cod fillets
  • 3/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • parsley for garnish


  • Drain clams, reserving juice.
  • In a large saucepan, heat olive oil. Add onions and garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the clam juice and chicken broth to the onions. Stir. Add potatoes, carrots, and celery. Stir and bring to boil. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  • Cut fish fillets into bite-sized chunks. Add to soup along with the clams, basil, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Simmer gently for about 5 minutes or until fish is cooked.
  • Lower heat and slowly stir in whipping cream and sour cream, being careful that soup does not come to a boil. Season with extra salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve, garnished with chopped parsley.
  • Makes 6 servings

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  1. Add 1 cup of sliced mushrooms to the onions.
  2. For some extras spiciness, add 3 - 4 drops of hot pepper sauce.
  3. Replace 1/2 cup of chicken broth with dry white wine.
  4. Dice 5 slices of bacon and fry them until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper toweling. Add to soup at the end. If you wish, you could fry the onions in the bacon fat. Extra yumminess!

If you're learning how to make chowder and want extra YUMMINESS? Add the GERMAN touch!

Dice 5 slices of bacon and fry them until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper toweling. Add to soup at the end. If you wish, you could fry the onions in the bacon fat. Extra yumminess!

Oh, so creamy and so delicious! Even my hubby, a non-seafood lover, loved this!

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