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Creamy Hot Clam Dip

Ingredients

  • 2, 6.5-ounce canned clams, minced or chopped (drained with liquid reserved)
  • 3 tablespoons reserved clam juice
  • 8 ounces whipped cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
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What’s one more clam recipe? If you are at all familiar with me, you know I have a love affair with clams. For several weeks now, I have pondered the thought of creating a clam dip recipe. As I was searching for inspiration, nothing really caught my attention until I came across a recipe from Martha Stewart. So, after a few tweaks of my own, this Creamy Hot Clam Dip recipe is perfection. This dip is one fabulous party appetizer!

Of course, I created a short TikTok video preparing this fabulous clam dip recipe. Be sure to check it out below. If you have not yet signed up for this social media platform, use my code 5SSIS800K0H06 to create an account.

an oven safe bowl filled with creamy hot clam dip with one potato chip in the middle of the dip and potato chips on the side of the dish

CLAMS FOR CLAM DIP

Make this seafood dip recipe easy on yourself, and go for the canned clams. Normally, this would not be one of my suggestions. However, canned clams will be a huge timesaver.

As an alternative to canned clams, you can certainly use fresh clams. Allow the clams to steam open, mince and do NOT forget to save some of the steaming liquid!

Although I have not tested this out, I am fairly certain you could even substitute the clams with fresh crabmeat. Actually, I may give this a go. However, I may substitute the cayenne pepper with Old Bay Seasoning.

INGREDIENTS FOR CLAM DIP

Pair the canned clams with whipped cream cheese, fresh lemon juice, a touch of sour cream, a few drizzles of Worcestershire sauce, minced shallots, fresh parsley and cayenne pepper for a hint of heat!

ingredients for creamy hot clam dip

HOW TO SERVE CREAMY HOT CLAM DIP

Ok, so I know I went a little fancy with homemade potato chips. Honestly, I encourage you do to so, too. The saltiness and crunchiness of the chips create a perfect marriage with this creamy seafood dip.

Truly, homemade potato chips are super easy to prepare. Just thinly slice a few potatoes (leave the skin on) and fry until golden brown. Allow the potato chips to rest on a cooling rack. Salt immediately out of the fry.

Although potato chips are more authentic to dip into this yummy Creamy Hot Crab Dip, here are a few other suggestions:

  • crackers
  • sliced baguette (toasted or not)
  • flatbread
  • pita
  • bread
  • crostini
  • pretzels
  • vegetables

SERVE HOT OR COLD

This classic creamy clam dip can be served either hot, or cold. If you do decide to serve this clam dip appetizer cold, after mixing the ingredients in a bowl, chill in the fridge for a few hours and serve. Additionally, do NOT sprinkle on the buttered breadcrumbs.

clam dip in a baking dish ready for baking

LEFTOVERS

Seriously, if you are serving this at a party, I am certain there will be NO leftovers. If by chance you have a bit of this amazing Creamy Hot Crab Dip left, place in an airtight container. Store in fridge for up to three days.

Given the use of sour cream in this seafood dip, freezing is not recommended.

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an oven safe bowl filled with creamy hot clam dip with one potato chip in the middle of the dip and potato chips on the side of the dish

Creamy Hot Clam Dip


Description

What’s one more clam recipe? If you are at all familiar with me, you know I have a love affair with clams. For several weeks now, I have pondered the thought of creating a clam dip recipe. As I was searching for inspiration, nothing really caught my attention until I came across this recipe from Martha Stewart. So, after a few tweaks of my own, this Creamy Hot Clam Dip recipe is perfection. It’s one perfect party appetizer!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2, 6.5 ounce canned clams, minced or chopped (drained with liquid reserved)
  • 3 tablespoons reserved clam liquid
  • 8 ounces whipped cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Drain the canned clams, reserving three tablespoons of the liquid.
  3. Mix together the whipped cream cheese and sour cream in a bowl.
  4. Add in the remaining ingredients for the clam dip. Mix well.
  5. Pour into an oven safe dish (see post for serving cold).
  6. In a separate bowl, melt the butter for the topping. 
  7. Add enough panko to absorb the butter.
  8. Stir in the parsley.
  9. Sprinkle on the breadcrumb mixture.
  10. Cover and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the clam dip is bubbly (uncover a few minutes prior to removing from oven to brown the top).
  11. Serve immediately with homemade potato chips (or see alternative serving suggestions in post).
  12. ENJOY!

Notes

SEE POST FOR NOTES!

 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving

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