Healthy Clam Chowder {Recipe}

I love clam chowder!  I visited a friend in Boston many years ago and fell in love.  I know I will never be able to recreate the chowder I ate there.  And I know I would never want to read nutritional information for those recipes either.  I have come up with a recipe that still has all the essential clam chowder ingredients and flavors, without all the fat and calories.

Healthy Clam Chowder {Recipe}

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Calories per serving: 344

Fat per serving: 2

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  • 2 (6 1/2-ounce) cans chopped clams
  • 3 slices center-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups cubed red potato, skin left on
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 12 oz. can evaporated fat-free milk
  • 3/4 cup 1% low-fat milk (our dairy provides 1 1/2% so that is what I used)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Drain clams in a colander over a bowl, reserving juice.
  2. Cook bacon in a soup pot over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings in pan.
  3. Return bacon to pan; increase heat to medium-high. Add onion, celery, and butter; sauté 6 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add flour and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  5. Add reserved clam juice, wine, potato, thyme, salt and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until potato is tender.
  6. Stir in clams, evaporated milk, and 1% milk. Cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf. Sprinkle with parsley.
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Amanda Larson is a mother, wife, lawyer and aspiring cook. She truly believes that you can live green and eat well while sticking to a budget. Through her posts she shares her tips on how she does it!


  1. Your recipe looks delicious. Evaporated fat free milk is a great, healthy substitution for cream, half and half, or full fat milk. Good thinking!
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  2. I like this healthier version of clam chowder. I am going to try your recipe. Thanks!

  3. amanda alcantara

    looks yummy…My children love clam chowder or chowda as we call it…i am gonna try this recipe

  4. amanda alcantara

    great recipe…my kids love chowder


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