Quahog Chowder

Recipe courtesy of The Quarterdeck in Falmouth and The Chartroom in Cataumet.

Total Time:45 minutes


  • 1 gallon water
  • 20 quahogs
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 pound butter
  • 2 onions, minced
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 quart Half and Half creamer


In a pot, bring water to a boil. Clean quahogs under cold water and add to boiling water. Once quahogs have opened, remove from pot and allow to cool. Remove meat from shells and mince. Reserve the water (quahog stock) that the quahogs were cooked in and keep hot. In another covered pot, cover potatoes in cold water and bring to a boil until fork tender. In another pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions, lower heat, and cook about 20 minutes or until soft. Stir in flour and cook roux for 10 minutes. Add reserved quahog stock and minced quahog meat. Bring to a low boil to thicken. This is the chowder base. (Now is a good time to cool and freeze some of this base for a later use. Don’t add the potatoes, as they don’t freeze well.) Add potatoes, Half and Half, and heat. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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