Microwave Clam Chowder Recipe
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Microwave Clam Chowder Recipe

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From Turlock, California, Mary Jane Cantrell contends, "This tastes as good as chowder served at restaurants on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) chopped clams
  • 1-1/2 cups diced peeled uncooked potatoes (about 2 medium)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups milk, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 279 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 710mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.


  1. In covered 2-qt. microwave-safe dish, cook bacon on high for 2-3 minutes or until crisp. Remove with slotted spoon to drain; set aside. Drain clam juice into the drippings. Stir in potatoes and onion. Cover and cook on high for 5-7 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring once or twice. Stir flour into 1/4 cup of milk; add to potato mixture. Stir in salt, pepper and remaining milk. Cover and cook on medium for 3-1/2 minutes, stirring once or twice. Let stand for 3-5 minutes. Stir in clams and butter. Garnish with bacon and parsley. Yield: 4 servings (1 quart).
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Microwave Clam Chowder in Taste of Home June/July 1995, p45

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mdclark User ID: 7082573 4027
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"I've never made clam chowder before so I can't compare recipes but this was easy and tasty. I did substitute 1/2 cup of heavy cream for some of the milk. My kids would have preferred it tobe thicker."

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