Manhattan Clam Chowder Recipe -
Manhattan Clam Chowder Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Manhattan Clam Chowder

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    45 mins


  1. Chop clams, reserving juice; set clams aside. Strain clam juice to remove bits of shell. Measure juice; add enough water to equal 1 1/2 cups liquid.
  2. Combine clam juice mixture, clam-tomato juice cocktail, potatoes, bell peppers, scallions and black pepper in large saucepan; heat to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are just tender.
  3. Stir in the undrained tomatoes and the chopped clams and heat through.
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Nov 18, 2007

I loved this recipe, but I modified it slightly because I thought it was too bland at first (I tasted it after it came to a boil). I cooked 4 slices of bacon (as per another reviewer suggestion), and then I sauteed the onion, green pepper, and a bit of garlic in the grease. I did everything else according to the recipe, only I added a bit of Worcestershire (maybe 2 tsp.), about 1/4 cup sherry, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder (all to taste). My husband and I couldn't get enough. I still gave the recipe a 5 because it really is so simple, and the base is still good but easily modified to taste.

Jun 28, 2006

This is similar to my old Pa's recipe, but he always started with frying 4 slices of bacon until crisp, crumble & reserve the bacon, use the bacon grease to fry the onion & peppers, then proceed as the recipe states. Like another reviewer, Pop used clam juice (or started by boiling the clam shells to make the broth)too, rather than water. (I have recently found clam base, which is very effective. Adjust salt if you use this.) He also added 2 well rounded TBSP of paprika - add the crumbled bacon to the soup at the end. This chowder blew out at his restaurant - you'll see why!

Nov 02, 2006

I generally prefer Boston clam chowder but since I didn't have many of the ingredients I opted for this one and BOY, am I glad I did! I followed previous reviewer with the bacon idea but about half the paprika. Also since the only suitable bread I had was a couple days past its best, I turned it into croutons, frying in the same bacon grease. I only had canned clams and yellow rather than green pepper and only a little green onions so I added regular onions. This was a HUGE HIT with my husband. He raved and raved about it. Thanks a million for the ideas and input!

Aug 24, 2008

I made this recipe to feed a few friends when I was married. Several months after we were divorced, my ex-husb called me to ask me to make this, freeze it, pack it in dry ice and ship it overnight to him! I've tweaked to my taste over the last few years by adding more onions, using diced new potatoes, canned clams and extra hot sauce! It's one of my signature dishes now!

Jun 20, 2007

I used a bag of mixed seafood in addition to the clams. Put in 2 stalks sliced celery and 2 sliced carrots in place of the bell pepper. Also used fresh chopped parsley and 2 tablespoons of " Old Bay" seasoning to spice it up a bit.This recipe was so easy to make and came out great. I will definetly make this again.

Feb 15, 2003

This chowder has real character. Using bottled clam juice instead of water will enhance the clam flavor slightly. I prefer "sopping" with warm French bread instead of chowder crackers.

Dec 10, 2011

This is a great base for a very good manhattan chowder. With the addition of other reviewers revisions it is great! I used three reviewers suggestions combined. Added celery, garlic, yellow onion, worscestershire, sherry, paprika and old bay seasoning. Also used clam juice instead of water. Also used the bacon suggestion sautéed all vegetables except tomatoes in bacon grease. Added great flavor.

Aug 19, 2007

The delicious and easy way of making Manhattan clam chowder. This is very tasty! I usually end up using freshly shucked clams, and adding in a half bottle of clam juice. The end result has turned out great every time. Thanks for sharing, Corwynn!


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  • Calories
  • 82 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.8 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 3.9 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 203 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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