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The Different Styles of Clam Chowder Explained

There are three main types of clam chowder, though there are roughly eight types in total. The most common types of clam chowder include New England Clam Chowder, Manhattan Clam Chowder and Rhode Island Clam Chowder. New England Clam Chowder is generally considered the most popular, but let’s take a look at all three styles so you can decide which sounds the most delicious and try it (or all of them!) for yourself.

1. New England Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder is widely regarded as the best of the clam chowders. Its creamy base is the foundation for its delicious flavor and the root to its thick consistency. New England Clam Chowder typically features potatoes, onions, celery, salt and pepper in addition to clams. Want to make your own? Check out this delicious recipe from Food Network:


2. Manhattan Clam Chowder

Manhattan Clam Chowder is cooked with tomatoes, and as a result it features a red broth rather than a white, creamy one like the New England style. Manhattan Clam Chowder typically includes more vegetables than New England Clam Chowder as it usually consists of green peppers and carrots as well. Try this recipe from Food Network if you’re looking for a mouth-watering Manhattan Clam Chowder:


3. Rhode Island Clam Chowder

Rhode Island Clam Chowder typically features a clear broth, though it is occasionally made with a tomato puree that creates a red broth. In both cases, the broth is a thin consistency. Another major difference is that Rhode Island Clam Chowder traditionally uses quahog clams, while the other two styles do not. If you want to give the Rhode Island style a try, check out this tasty recipe – which also includes bacon – from Food Network:


Clam Chowder is one of our favorite seafood dishes, and all three styles are delicious. Let us know which style is your favorite by tagging us on Facebook!