Make Pier Market’s Award-Winning Clam Chowder at Home

Pier Market Seafood Restaurant is known for its mesquite grill and let’s not forget our award-winning clam chowder. Below is our famous recipe. Enjoy!

½ cup butter or margarine
1 cup all purpose flower
4 cups clam juice
1 tbl olive oil
1 ½ oz salt port or bacon ¼” dice
1 large yellow onion 1/2’” dice
4 stalks celery ¼” dice
42 oz whole baby clams with juice
1 ¼ tsp dried thyme
1 ¼ tsp ground black pepper
2 med-large russets potatoes peeled and cut to ½” dice
2 cups half and half
2 ¼ cups low fat milk
¼ tsp salt

In a saucepan bring clam juice to a simmer and keep at a bare simmer.

In a large skillet melt the butter on medium heat then add flour all at once whisking vigorously. Continue stirring on medium heat until mixture is toasted and golden brown, about 12 minutes. Reduce head to low and add the hot clam juice whisking about 3 minutes or until combined and free of lumps.

In large stock pot heat oil on medium heat and add the salt pork or bacon. Sauté until brown, about 2-4 minutes. Add onion and celery and sauté until translucent, about 7 minutes. Add thyme and black pepper and stir. Add the clams with juice and bring to boil. Once boiling, turn heat to low and add the butter, flour and clam juice mixture. Add potatoes and stir. Turn heat to medium and cook about 10 minutes or until potatoes are cooked. Add the half and half and milk and cook about 10 minutes. If a thinner soup is desired, add more milk. Season with salt.

Cook time 45 minutes
Serves 10 – 12