Slow Cooker New England Clam and Corn Chowder

A flavorful, hearty and easy New England clam chowder recipe, with a twist and made easier in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker New England Clam and Corn Chowder Recipe from

In case you missed it, Baked by Rachel turned three this week and got a big makeover. Even before the re-design, I knew I wanted to eventually go back and work on some of my old recipes. But when it came time to actually edit the ancient posts so they’d work with the new recipe setup, it was downright torturous. If you happen to make a recipe from long ago, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. If it’s on this site, it’s delicious… even if the pictures are hideous. Promise. I had no clue what I was doing photography wise when I started out. Not that I’m amazing now, but I’m trying and think I’ve definitely come a long way in a seemingly short time.

Slow Cooker New England Clam and Corn Chowder Recipe from

This is one of many recipes I wanted to bring back front and center. Instead of sharing the same recipe again with new photos, I gave the New England clam chowder from 2010 a makeover. Today’s recipe is based on that but it’s worlds better. The Mr described it as having a different taste in each bite, from bacon and corn to potatoes and clams. The corn was one of the bigger, albeit simple, changes. It just works and gives a basic clam chowder that something extra.

This New England clam chowder has all of the traditional items, with a few twists thrown in. It’s hearty, flavorful and super easy. In fact… this is the only New England style clam chowder recipe you’ll ever need.

If you happen to be facing the blizzard of ’13 this weekend and still need to brave the grocery store crowds, pick up ingredients to make this while you’re there. This chowder will keep you warm and full while it’s stormy outside. Happy and full bellies are always a good thing.

Slow Cooker New England Clam and Corn Chowder Recipe from

Yield: Serves 6-8

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4.5-8.5 hours

Slow Cooker New England Clam and Corn Chowder

A flavorful, hearty and easy New England clam chowder recipe, with a twist.


2lb potatoes (roughly 5 cups), peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
1 clove garlic, minced
1C onion, chopped
1C celery, chopped
1: 8oz can corn, drained
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 tsp thyme
4: 6oz cans clams with juice
1: 8oz bottle clam juice
6 slices bacon, ¼ cup reserved if desired for topping
1-2 Tbsp bacon grease, optional
2 Tbsp cornstarch
2C heavy cream


Add vegetables, seasonings, clams and all clam juice to the slow cooker. Cover and begin cooking on high for 4 hours or low for 8.

Cook and chop bacon, reserving ¼ cup as optional toppings. Add remaining bacon and optional bacon grase to slow cooker. Stir and replace cover.

After 4-8 hours, whisk together cornstarch and heavy cream until smooth. Add to slow cooker, stir gently. Cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes.

Serve hot.

*This recipe was tested on high in a 6-quart slow cooker.

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Looking for a few other hearty slow cooker recipes? Try these out:
Slow cooker lobster chowder
Slow cooker white chicken chili
Slow cooker mini meatball minestrone soup
Slow cooker Guinness beef stew

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23 Responses to “Slow Cooker New England Clam and Corn Chowder”

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — February 8, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Such a gorgeous chowder recipe, Rachel!

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    Carol | a cup of mascarpone — February 8, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I adore New England clam chowder, and I love that you’ve shared this lovely slow cooker version! Beautiful photos!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 8, 2013 at 8:47 am

    pinning this!! and now i need a bowl of this chowder and a handful of oyster crackers :)

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 8, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I just started going back through some of my old photos and holy cow they are bad. I kind of like them up on the site thought. This looks good! Stay warm this weekend!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — February 8, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Man do I love some good clam chowder! This sounds delicious! Ive never tried it in the slow cooker before though..what a good idea!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — February 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Yum! I wish my husband would eat this. I would make it today!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — February 8, 2013 at 10:58 am

    So pretty! This is the perfect soup for a day like today. One minute it is raining outside the next minute it’s snowing.

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Love clam chowder! Perfect for a cold, blustery day!

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    a farmer in the dell — February 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I can’t look back at some of my old food photos either :) This chowder looks amazing!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — February 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I know the feeling of looking back on photos… and some of my recents too haha. I think your photos are really gorgeous! And this soup… OMG I cant wait to make it

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    JanetFCTC — February 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I absolutely love Clam Chowder. The only other one in the house who will eat it is my 15 year old. So, I definitely need to make this because I will have to eat LOTS of it using the excuse that I don’t want it to go to waste

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    Amanda — February 9, 2013 at 11:46 am

    This was amazing! I made it last night to keep me warm and I loved it! I added a little more corn and red pepper flakes to make it spicy. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Rachel — February 9th, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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    Yvonne @ bitter baker — February 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    This looks yummuy, and your photos are always amazing!

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    Mrs Deer — February 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Your photos are so class and pretty!

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    Tracey — February 10, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    You have no idea how much I wish I’d had a bowl of this for lunch yesterday after shoveling for 2 hours! Seriously perfect comfort food for a snowed-in weekend :)

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — February 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

    next time you make this I am coming up! BF doesn’t like clam chowder much so I feel weird about making a whle batch for mysekf. But really that shouldn’t deter me since this looks awesome!!!

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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — February 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    What a perfect dish to beat the winter clues! I love clam chowder and cannot wait to try this!

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    Tracy — February 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    This looks incredible! And I agree, going through old blog posts is such a pain. I’m glad you brought this recipe to the front, though – I can’t wait to try it!

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    Jim — March 18, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Great recipe and easy to make — especially with a slow cooker. Had some friends over and they all thought it was the best. I will make it again.

    • Rachel — March 18th, 2014 @ 7:18 am

      Glad to hear it! :) Thanks for sharing!

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    Kasey — February 4, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I made this and it is WONDERFUL!

    • Rachel — February 5th, 2015 @ 7:28 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! :)

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