Healthy Clam Recipes

Find healthy, delicious clam recipes including clam chowder and clam pasta. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Linguine with Creamy White Clam Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 4
Ripe tomato and fresh basil give this quick recipe tons of flavor. Serve this healthy pasta dinner with crusty garlic bread and steamed green beans.

New England Clam Chowder

Rating: 4.59 stars 7
Chopped clams, aromatic vegetables and creamy potatoes blended with low-fat milk and just a half cup of cream gives this chunky New England-style clam chowder plenty of rich body. Serve with oyster crackers and a tossed salad to make it a meal.

Slow-Cooker Clam Chowder

Plan to make this slow-cooker chowder recipe when you have a busy day at work. Put in just a few minutes of prep in the morning and you'll be rewarded with a hearty clam chowder come dinnertime.

Clam & Corn Chowder

Clam and corn chowder is a staple in New England during the summer months. Here we make it healthier—and faster—than the traditional cream-laden version, but just as luscious.
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Miso Soup with Clams & Spinach

Rating: 5 stars 1
The round, rich taste (also known as umami) of miso soup perfectly complements plump, briny clams. For the base of the soup you can use just water and miso, which you can find at most supermarkets. But if you can find dashi granules, they're worth adding for a more intense umami taste.

Clam Chowder with Broccoli Stems & Corn

Keeping frozen corn, canned clams and clam juice on hand means spur-of-the-moment chowder in any season. If you typically compost your broccoli stems, save them for this soup--they hold up better than florets. Set out bowls of toppings like diced red bell pepper, snipped chives or more bacon.

Brodetto di Pesce (Adriatic-Style Seafood Stew)

Rating: 5 stars 1
You will find versions of this hearty fish stew all along Italy's Adriatic coast. In Abruzzo, the stew is spiked with hot pepper and served with grilled or toasted bread to sop up the sauce. Be sure to find the freshest fish possible and serve with your favorite Italian wine.

Clam Chowder

Rating: 3 stars 3
In this healthy clam chowder recipe, traditional heavy cream is replaced with milk and flour-thickened clam juice and we keep sodium amounts reasonable with lower-sodium clam juice instead of higher-sodium broths. By making your own creamy clam chowder, you can save up to 300 calories, 20 grams of saturated fat and 500 milligrams of sodium per serving compared to many store-bought or restaurant chowders.

Seafood Linguine

Rating: 4.17 stars 3
This restaurant-worthy seafood pasta dish is a snap to make and an easy way to impress guests. We like the sweet taste and extra-saucy consistency of canned diced San Marzano tomatoes in sauces like this one. Marjoram pairs well with the seafood, but basil or even parsley works too. Serve with a Caesar salad.

Seafood Boil

This dish is a twist on the classic Louisiana seafood boil.

Manhattan Clam Chowder

There's long been a feud between Manhattan's tomato-based clam chowder and the cream-based New England clam chowder. No matter which you prefer, you can't deny that this easy clam chowder will put dinner on the table before you can finish the debate.

New England Style Hearty Clam Chowder

You'll love this classic New England chowder with a twist--lima beans!
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Inspiration and Ideas

Seafood-Corn Chowder
The addition of halibut, scallops and clams turns ordinary corn chowder into an extraordinary meal-in-a-bowl.
New England Cauliflower Clam Chowder
Rating: Unrated 2
Reducing the potatoes by half, and adding cauliflower in its place, lowers the carbs in this creamy meal-in-a-bowl.

Spaghetti with Arugula & Clam Sauce

Canned clams are a great ingredient to have on hand for a fast dinner. Plus, their juices amp up the flavor of this sauce. Look for cans with certification from the Marine Stewardship Council for the most sustainable choice.