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Homemade Clam Dip and Chips

Updated on June 18, 2015
Clam Dip & Chips
Clam Dip & Chips | Source

Our Favorite Seafood Dip

The gathering of family and friends over holidays, for special events and celebrations, or for card & game nights, calls for finger food type snacks. The quickest and most popular of these type of snacks are what we all like to refer to as 'chips & dip'.

Many years ago our grocery store carried, along with your typical onion dip and guacamole dip, a creamy cream cheese type dip with clams. The seafood lovers in my family absolutely loved it. Somewhere along the line the store-bought clam dip disappeared from the dairy section, probably due to lack of popularity as not everyone likes clams. (Can't imagine that, but it's true!). :-)

We really missed not being able to buy clam dip any more, so I got to pondering on it and figured out it couldn't be that hard to come up with my own version. Using some suggestions from an appetizer cook book for seafood-type dips, this 'homemade clam dip' is what I 'invented'. My family and friends liked it so much that it has become the 'expected' snack item at our house for any time we get together. It's best served with ripple-style chips and/or pretzels because it is a bit 'stiffer' than some dips and the regular chips break apart too easily while 'dipping'.

My son recently called me long distance because he couldn't find his copy of my recipe and needed a review of the ingredients for the batch he was making. Others have asked for the recipe too, so I decided to share it here. Hope you enjoy it at your next gathering.

Ingredients for clam dip
Ingredients for clam dip | Source


  • 1 (or 2) 8-ounce package Cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounce tub Sour cream, Use 'light' version, if desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice, bottled or Fresh
  • 3 or 4 Scallions or Green Onions, chopped
  • Dash Pepper
  • 1 or 2 cans Canned Clams, drained
  • Large Bag Ripple-style Potato Chips and/or Pretzels
Clam dip ready to eat and enjoy!
Clam dip ready to eat and enjoy! | Source


  1. Place opened package of cream cheese in a medium bowl to soften.
  2. Finely chop 3 or 4 fresh scallions (or green onions). Amount depends on your personal preference.
  3. When cream cheese is soft enough to work with, add the chopped green onions, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and pepper. Stir to mix.
  4. Add the sour cream a few spoonfuls at a time, stirring into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Continue adding sour cream until the dip is the consistency you prefer. Some like it stiffer, somewhat like a spread you could serve on crackers; others like it soft enough to use with chips and pretzels.
  6. When the dip is mixed to the consistency you like, add the clams (drained, but allow a tiny bit of clam juice to remain for a nice extra flavor).
  7. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to allow the flavors to nicely blend. Stir once again before serving with the chips and/or pretzels.
  8. Cook's note: I often double the recipe, depending upon the size of the group I am serving it to, as you will find it gets eaten quickly! :)
  9. *Note: We like lots of clams in our dip, so I prepare it with two cans, but one can works just as well.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 4-6 people

A Fun Dip to Share with Friends

3.5 stars from 6 ratings of Clam Dip

Cream cheese dips, clam and otherwise, are my favorite kinds of dip.


Chips and Other Dips!

If clams are not your favorite, there are lots of other kinds of dips from spinach and guacamole to onion dip to salsas. Any dip and combination of chips (potato, tortilla, pretzels) make great finger food snacks for any kind of party or get-together.

I'm making a batch of my clam dip for an upcoming visit this weekend from my son & family. It's our favorite snack.

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© 2013 Wednesday-Elf

Are you a fan of 'chips & dip' snacks? What is your favorite kind of dip?

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 months ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Of course you can use fresh clams, Mary. My recipe mentions canned clams because fresh clams are not usually readily available in most places. I think you'll enjoy this clam dip if you like clams. In fact, I made a batch just last week when my son & family came to visit as it's a favorite of theirs too.

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      Mary Norton 3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love seafood and we can easily get fresh clams here. Do you think I can use these as I am not sure if there are canned ones here?

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      Wednesday-Elf 11 months ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Delighted you liked the clam dip, Ada. It's a standard here at my house! :)

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      Ada Owens 11 months ago

      It was delicious! I've made it twice and I need to make it again because I keep getting asked if there's more clam dip!

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      Treasures By Brenda 15 months ago from Canada

      Sounds good, Pat. Haven't had chips and dip of any sort in a long time!

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks, Chris. This recipe has definitely been a favorite for our whole family for many years. A sure way to please your guests, or just enjoy the snack yourself!

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      Crisco 2 years ago

      This clam dip recipe has been a tradition for years in our household thanks to Wednesday Elf.. Almost mandatory when we have guests. I love chips and dips anyway but this is my fav. I agree with Ruthi. Double up on the clams. You can never have too many. Same goes with any seafood recipe. Thanks for bringing this up W.E.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm SO delighted your hubby liked the clam dip -- and that you found it so easy and quick to fix. :)

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      I had to come back and comment again. After I read this, I picked up some cream cheese and sour cream, and a couple of cans of chopped clams. As soon as I got home, I told my husband I needed 10 minutes in the kitchen, by myself. I whipped up the dip in my food processor, adding a generous bit of Tabasco sauce for his benefit, and had him taste it. He said it was great!

      I don't think it even took me 10 minutes, from start to finish, and it made my husband happy as a clam.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Tabasco sauce sounds like the perfect ingredient for those who like their 'dips' a bit spicier. Hope hubby enjoys it. :) BTW, you could also make this dip with canned shrimp if you don't like clams. :)

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      Wednesday-Elf, you HAD to write this, didn't you? Now, I shall have to make your clam dip for my husband. I am not a clam eater, but he is! I can already tell, by the ingredients, that he will love it.

      I shall have to add Tabasco sauce, though, or he won't think it has enough "bite"!

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      That's a shame your other (better?) half doesn't like fishy things, Tony. This is a terrific tasting dip. :)

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      Tony Payne 2 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Sounds good. I would love to try it, but making it at home is unlikely as my other half is not into fishy things.

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      Karamerica 3 years ago

      Love Clam Dip!!!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @captainj88: It's my family's favorite snack! Thanks for the visit.

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      Leah J. Hileman 3 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Wow. Yum! Liked and Pinned to my Favorite Recipes board. Can't wait to try this!

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      Sherry Venegas 3 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Looks good and looking good.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Lady Lorelei: I agree - most of my dips are served with veggies now too, but once in a while (such as a holiday) it's fun to "indulge" with chips. My friend is now on a gluten-free regimen, so he brings gluten-free corn chips. :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I used to love chips and dip. Now as I have grown older it is now mainly veggies and dip but I still love my homemade dips.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      This is the perfect recipe for the Super Bowl party! Thank you!

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