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Microwave Clam Chowder

   

Clam Chowder

Microwave Clam Chowder Recipe

This is a cheaters, under 30-minute microwave recipe for clam chowder. Adjust the amount of clam broth for the consistency - for example for a less chunky soup, add more broth/hot water a little at a time. On the other hand, stir in more cream if you want the soup creamier.

Serves: 4 (fills 2 bread bowls)

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 US russet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1/4 onion peeled and chopped finely
  • 2 slices of streaky bacon chopped finely
  • a small knob of butter
  • pure cream
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 can of pacific clams reserve the clam broth
  • 4 tbsp frozen vegetables (corn and carrot)
  • splash of dry white wine optional
  • sea salt to taste

Garnishing suggestions

  • bread bowl
  • parsley

Tools

  • microwave-safe casserole with lid
  • wooden or silicon spatula for mixing

Directions

  1. Add chopped bacon in a microwave-safe casserole and microwave on high (900 watts) with lid on for 2 minutes.
  2. Add chopped onions and butter. Microwave on high with lid on for another 2 minutes.
  3. Stir well, add diced potatoes and flour.
  4. Add clam broth (about 200ml, adjust according to your liking) and bay leaves. Mix well. Microwave on high with lid on for 7 minutes, or until potatoes are soft.
  5. Add frozen vegetables and microwave on high with lid on for another 1 minute.
  6. Discard bay leaves. Now, while the soup is still hot, stir in cream and mix well into the soup (I added about 3 tbsp to achieve the consistency I like).
  7. Stir in the clams (I added about half a can). If you like, you can also add a splash of dry white wine. Season with sea salt. Serve in a soup bowl or an edible bread bowl. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Noob Cook Tips

  1. Instead of cream, you can substitute with milk, crème fraiche or double cream depending on your preferred consistency.
  2. For a healthier but still chunky version, add more flour in step 3 and use low fat milk or even evaporated milk.
  3. Adjust the amount of clam broth for the consistency – for example for a less chunky soup, add more broth/hot water a little at a time. On the other hand, stir in more cream if you want the soup creamier.
                                           

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15 Responses to “Microwave Clam Chowder”

  1. Daphne — January 3, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    I am such a fan of clam chowder but always thought it takes a long time to make- now I know!

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  2. W L Lee — January 3, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

    Where did u get ur bread bowl from? Do u buy a round bread, cut off the top and scoop off the centre bread for a hallow?

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    • wiffy replied: — January 4th, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

      Hi, I got the bread bowl from Soup Spoon, I have updated my post. You can ask them to hollow the center for me, as what I did.

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  3. Pris — January 3, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

    Please let me know which deli sells the bread bowl and how much it costs? Thank you.

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    • wiffy replied: — January 4th, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

      Hi, I got the bread bowl from Soup Spoon, I have updated my post. I can’t remember how much I paid for it, was under S$10.

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  4. Adeline — January 3, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

    Hi,

    Could you recommend places the buy the bread bowl from? How much does it cost?

    Also, if I were to buy canned Pacific clams – where should I get it from? Which brand should I go for and how much does it cost? Would the taste vary considerably if I use fresh clams? How different would the cooking be if I were to use the fresh ones?

    Hope to hear from you soon! :)

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    • wiffy replied: — January 4th, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

      Hi, I got the bread bowl from Soup Spoon, I have updated my post.

      I got the pacific clams at local supermarkets. Any brand will do, my personal favourite is Golden Chef. Yes you can use fresh clams, but need to soak and scrub them first, steam it until the shells opened and take out the meat.

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  5. jo — January 4, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    Happy New Year to you and all the best.  I am a great fan of clam chowder and this presentation in a bread bowl is amazing.  Haha 2 in 1!                               

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  6. jane ng — January 4, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    I love clam chowder! How nice to get this recipe, and there isn’t much cleaning up to do after the cooking.

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  7. Sook — January 4, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    What a great looking chowder! I love clam chowder!

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  8. Sokesean — January 4, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    请问什么是pure cream?

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    • wiffy replied: — January 4th, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

      Hi there is a photo above (first in the series of six photos) which shows the cream. You can it at local supermarkets. Other types of cream (e.g. thickened cream) can do also.

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  9. Tigerfish — January 5, 2012 @ 11:51 am

     How much is the edible bowl? Suddenly I think of the Golden Pillow – bread with curry chicken inside…hahaha!

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    • wiffy replied: — January 5th, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

      I can’t remember because I bought it a long time ago, maybe around S$6? :p

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  10. HoppingHammy — January 6, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

    Looks so creamy and delicious. The bread bowl is a special touch as opposed to regular bowl. Even I would try this soup! :) Gonna attempt to make your choco chip cookies soon.

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