Red Lobster Clam Chowder

Enjoying tasty clam chowder that tastes so close to the Red Lobster’s version isn’t difficult. You an make our copy cat recipe at home.

bowl of clam chowder

Red Lobster Clam Chowder

Red Lobster Clam Chowder

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Favorite Recipes, Seafood Recipes, Soup Recipes
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:15 minutes
  • Serves: 8
Red Lobster Clam Chowder

This is a favorite you can now make at home! The whole family will love it!


  • 2 cups russet potatoes (peeled and cubed into 1/2" X 1/2" pieces)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoon diced green onion (bulb only)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cans (6.5 ounce) minced clams (reserve juice)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 16 ounce half and half
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup bottled clam juice
  • fresh parsley (minced for garnish)


Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water; cook on medium heat until tender. Remove potatoes from heat, drain and set aside. In 2 quart saucepan on medium-low heat, melt butter. Add diced onions and cook until onions are slightly clear in color. Add flour to butter and stir briskly. Mixture will start to thicken. Add half and half a little at a time while stirring briskly. Mixture will be creamy and will look like thick cream. Place salt, clams and juice from cans, potatoes, bottled clam juice and milk with mixture. On medium-low temperature, bring chowder to a slow boil. Turn temperature down to low and let chowder simmer gently for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Chowder, hard rolls, fresh whipped butter, and a cozy fire will warm your tummy and your soul.

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  • John M Gates

    Always looking for a good chowder to make..Going to make this one tomorrow

  • Cgotro

    Made it for lunch and was impressed. I did add Greek Seasoning to it and I think that really helped add flavor. Next time I will add bacon pieces and diced celery. But even without those extras, the chowder was easy and tasty!

  • Shannon

    This is a great recipe as is for a quick soup. I add some finely diced celery tops and parsley. Then top with crispy bacon bits on top. I also use heavy cream in place of the half and half.
    Love it!

  • Julie Everett

    Made this last night for dinner and wasn’t very impressed so I had to punch it up
    with a few drops of dry sherry and old bay seasoning.

  • Megan B

    I made this tonight, oh my goodness, THANK YOU!! We were all so very delighted! Very easy and absolutely delicious!

    • Stephanie

      I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe.

  • sherry

    I’ve had Red Lobster chowder and this recipe is so much better than theirs…I make it and serve it in a bread bowl like at pier 39 in San.F. it is sooooo good my husband and daughter loves it..I’m making it tonight.. :) thank you for this recipe…

    • Stephanie

      I am glad to hear you enjoyed the soup. I hope you get the chance to try other recipes.

  • meee

    simply dilicious best ever no need for cans

    • Stephanie

      Homemade soup is so easy to do!

  • mikael the archangel

    redlobster uses the cheapest can of new england clam chowder. They buy tons of it and get it really cheap. The add half a carton of half and half creamer and a huge block of butter bout the size of 4 sticks. thats it and thats why it taste so good. profits galore!!!

    • Liveewire555

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    • Liveewire555

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  • Dalia

    Thank you so much for this recipe! It tastes even BETTER than Red Lobster! Just doesn’t even compare!

  • gvf

    i made this chowder and my family this weekend and they loved it! they said it was the best they had ever tasted. this will be a regular at our house. thanks, for sharing it.

  • Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife

    Made this for dinner last night and it was so simple and yummy! I followed the recipe as written, but I did toss in a bay leaf for some extra flavor. I’m amazed at how few ingredients can produce such a wonderful soup!

    Definitely a nice bowl of comfort. I’ve never had Red Lobster’s clam chowder myself, but I can say that this soup is quite comparable to the good clam chowders I’ve had at other restaurants.

    Thanks for a great and easy recipe!

  • Cin

    This sounds really good although I’ve actually never had Red Lobster’s chowder.

  • Pamella S.

    I added to bay leaves to this recipe, yummy! It is pretty good even with out the bay leaves

  • Tiffany

    This recipe is sooo much better than Red Lobster’s. I love a nice warm clam chowder regardless of the time of the year and this one delivers. This recipe is quick and easy and very filling.

  • Brenda

    Fanastic recipe I’m sure but to compare this vesion to Red Lobster’s is an insult to you!! Red Lobster gets their chowder out of a can and the adds half and half cream and a packet of CHOWDER BASE which has a thickener and spices in it…I have even seen the can they use at the grocery store!!!