Union Oyster House Clam Chowder

This is from a recipe sent to me from the Union Oyster House in Boston, MA.
41 Union Street, Boston, MA 02108 617-227-2750.
The two best clam chowders in Boston are from here and Legal Seafood. This recipe is a chunky chowder, while Legal Seafood’s is creamier.

Makes 2 quarts
2oz salt pork
1 small onion, diced
1/2 cup butter
2 ribs celery, minced
2 lbs fresh (or frozen) clams, diced
1 qt clam juice
1 lb potatoes, diced
2 cups Half & Half, warmed

salt, pepper, Tabasco, Worcestershire – to taste

bring potatoes and clam juice to a boil; cook until potatoes are done. Add clams (along with any surplus juice from same); cook until done. Set aside.

Note: do not overcook or clams will be tough.

skin pork, dice and sauté in pan; cook until rendered. Add onions; cook until glassy. Ass butter, melt and cook slightly. Add flour. If mixture is too loose, add a little more flour. Cook until slightly colored.

Bring clams, juice and potatoes back to a boil. Add cooked roux. Thicken and bring to a rolling boil and stir. Add previously heated half & half to desired consistency. Season to taste.

Serve with oyster or pilot crackers.


Yes. It’s terrific.

But I gotta tell you, it’s more fun to just walk in and order a bowl at the oyster bar. 🙂


13 Responses to “Union Oyster House Clam Chowder Recipe”

  1. 1 Jessica Glosson October 22, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Hey iam doing a project on foods in the american revolution. What woud be a good recipe to share with the class that wont spoil by the end of the day and is easy to make.

    Thank you

    Jessica Glosson 🙂

  2. 2 Fernando December 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    I had this clam chowder at the Union Oyster House in Boston, and I must say this is the best New England clam chowder I have ever had!

  3. 3 Michael Tim February 28, 2009 at 4:51 pm

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  4. 4 andrea February 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I am getting ready to make this recipe. How long is it I need to cook the clams before they are considered overcooked? How much flour do I add to make the roux? The salt, pepper, tabasco, worcestershire sauce…do I add to the whole pot or is it added by the person to their bowl? Thank you!

  5. 5 Joel March 23, 2010 at 2:02 am

    What is salt pork???

  6. 7 alyce September 13, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    what about the celery????? I put it in with the potatoes, hope it comes out right

  7. 9 diloretta October 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I rode 6 hours on a Greyhound bus just for a bowl of this chowder. Yes, it is that good!

  8. 10 raymado@msn.com January 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    My name is Ray Noel from Quebec Canada, last May my wife and I went to Boston and one of the things we did is to have a bowl of clam chowder at the Union Oyster House restaurant and it was fantastic. We obtained the recipe ingredients from the gift shop next door but I see to day as per the website that there are several version and each claim being the courtesy of Union Oyster House in Boston. I’m a little confused which is the real one?
    I would appreciate if someone could send me the authentic one.



    • 11 twanyaq January 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Raymado-I’ve lost my recipe from the gift shop and am now using the website. Do you think you could send me the gift shop recipe?

  9. 12 cindy July 3, 2011 at 10:42 am

    In response to Cal, its not “Ass Butter”, I think it means “Add Butter”. It was probably a typo.

    Raymond, the recipe to have from the Union Oyster House gift shop is the authentic recipe.

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