Gram’s Delicious Clam Chowder {crock pot}

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My grandmother use to do a ton of cooking. Not so much anymore but she still has all of her recipes. She prefers to bake now instead of preparing large full course meals. We made a delicious clam chowder a couple days ago in the crockpot and it was perfect! We have been eating a lot of stews, soups and crock pot meals lately mostly because it’s freezing cold here in Massachusetts and there is nothing better than a house that smells so good all day long as the dinner cooks.

Delicious New England Clam Chowder

Gram’s Delicious Clam Chowder {crock pot}

Gram’s Delicious Clam Chowder {crock pot}

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Delicious New England Clam Chowder

Supply List

  • 4 6 ounce cans minced clams
  • 6 potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 carrot grated
  • 2 10.75 ounce cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 12 fluid ounce cans evaporated milk
  • 1 can corn drained
  • 1 cup water

Instructions : Step by Step

  • Drain the clams and save the clam juice.
  • Add all ingredients into the crock pot (except the clams) and cook for 4 to 5 hours on high. I usually add the clams in at the 3rd hour. I have also added them in the beginning if I am not going to be home all day and they taste fine!
  • Cook on high: 4 to 5 hours or until potatoes are tender
  • TIP: if you prefer a thicker broth (I do) use corn starch to thicken. Follow directions as noted on box.


add clam juice at the end of cooking time
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Jessica Bruno

Tip: *stir the clam juice in once everything is in the crock pot*

How to make New England clam chowder thick

The trick to making New England clam chowder thick and creamy is to either use heavy cream or I prefer corn starch. Heavy cream is loaded with calories. Although, if I am making clam chowder for our Christmas Eve festivities, I may use Heavy Cream as a treat.

Another chowder recipe that you may love that is cheap to make is my mom’s easy crockpot clam chowder with canned shrimp. If you don’t like shrimp, just add more clams.

Mom's Crockpot Clam Chowder with canned shrimp, white bowl, striped red napkin, oyster crackers

We also recently shared a easy crockpot seafood chowder recipe that is trending on Pinterest and happens to be our Christmas Eve Chowder go-to recipe.

seafood chowder {crockpot}

We could eat clam chowder every week that is how popular it is in our home. It’s perfect for dinner or lunch the day after. I picked up a set of 4 of these adorable soup crocks from Homegoods which are perfect for chowder, pasta or even cereal. My grandfather and dad love the idea of corn in the chowder so that is what we do ;). If you love seafood, try our seafood chowder recipe, it’s amazing! Be sure to check out our latest recipes over at “our kitchen” page.

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  1. Love this recipe! It reminds me of my mom—and would be a perfect way to warm up on this chilly night!

  2. When and do we add the clam juice we set aside?

    1. I just looked at the recipe and you are right it didn’t say!!! Good grief. I just fixed that ๐Ÿ™‚ Stir in the clam juice once everything is in the crockpot.

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