Joe's Clam Chowder

Easy step-by-step recipe for a traditional clam chowder... with a twist.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: less than 30 minutes

Serves 4 people

Gluten/Soy Free and Pesco/Lacto Vegetarian

'Tis the season for soups, chowders, and stews...and I am ready!

Simple, flavorful, creamy and satisfying. This chowder is a new addition to my recipes list. I honestly came up with it one night on the fly. I couldn't decide what I wanted for dinner so I just gathered ingredients from my fridge and pantry and ...this chowder was born!

What makes my chowder different that the rest is the addition of chopped squid. It actually adds a wonderful texture to the chowder and it feels like you have loaded it with more clams than what the recipe called for.

Give it a try. I know you will love it!

What is the flavor profile?

Briny with a creamy texture.

What ingredients will I need to make this?

Clam juice, whole baby clams, squid, heavy cream, a Spanish onion, nutmeg, unsalted butter, yellow potatoes, a bay leaf, and salt & pepper.

What will will I need to make this?

A large pot, measuring cups and spoons, a cutting board, a knife, a potato peeler, and a wooden spoon.

Can I make substitutions?

Yes. You can use fresh clams if you wish to do so but i really recommend canned ones to speed the process up. You can use fresh squid as well.


  • 8 cups of clam juice

  • 3 10 oz cans of whole baby clams, drained (reserve the clam juice)

  • 1/2 pound of squid, chopped into small bits

  • 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream

  • 1 large Spanish onion, chopped finely

  • nutmeg

  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter

  • 4 yellow potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 1 bay leaf

  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. In a large sauce pan, over medium high heat, melt the butter.

  2. Add the chopped onions and a pinch of salt. Cook until onions are translucent.

  3. Add the potatoes, clams juice, reserved clam juice, and another pinch of salt.

  4. Cook potatoes uncovered until tender when touched with a fork ( about 15 minutes).

  5. Reduce to low heat.

  6. Slowly add the cream. Stir well.

  7. Add the whole baby clams, squid, bay leaf, and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.

  8. Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.

  9. Taste for salt & pepper and adjust to your preference.

  10. Serve and garnish with a dash of nutmeg.


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Joe's Clam Chowder
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