Oma's Best Clam Chowder Recipe

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

What's the best clam chowder recipe? 

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. 

For the full list of ingredients & detailed instructions, see the recipe card at the end of this post. But before you scroll, there’s important & interesting stuff to know right below.

World's best clam chowder? I think it's this one! Love it. Make it just like Oma.

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 note 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!

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A bit of this and a bit of that ...

  • Add 1 cup of sliced mushrooms to the onions.
  • For some extras spiciness, add 3 - 4 drops of hot pepper sauce.
  • Replace ½ cup of chicken broth with dry white wine.

Oma says:

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!


Oma's Best Clam Chowder Recipe

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

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes

Total Time

35 minutes

Servings:

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans shucked or minced clams (5 or 6½-ounce cans)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2½ cups chicken broth
  • 1½ cups cubed potatoes
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ pound haddock or cod fillets
  • ¾ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • parsley for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Drain clams, reserving juice.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil. Add onions and garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Serve, garnished with chopped parsley.

Notes/Hints:

  • 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.
  • Add 1 cup of sliced mushrooms to the onions.
  • For some extras spiciness, add 3 - 4 drops of hot pepper sauce.
  • Replace ½ cup of chicken broth with dry white wine.

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Best Clam Chowder Recipe made Just like Oma

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Best Clam Chowder Recipe made Just like Oma
What's the best clam chowder recipe? THIS ONE! So easy to make and the many variations ensure that you can make it differently every time. Try it; you'll like it!

Ingredients: clams, chicken broth, oil/butter, onion, garlic, potatoes, carrot, celery, haddock/cod fillet, seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, sour cream, whipping cream,

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