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Perfect Pairings: 7 Delicious Side Dishes for Clam Chowder

Clam chowder is a dish that has been enjoyed on the east coast of North America for centuries.

It’s traditionally made from clams, potatoes, onions, butter or bacon fat, milk or cream, and salt pork in a white sauce.

what to serve with clam chowder

The ingredients are mixed and cooked until thickened to create this hearty soup.

While it was originally intended as an appetizer course, clam chowder can be served as either lunch or dinner because of its satisfying nature.

In this blog post, we will discuss what you should serve with clam chowder if you want to give your guests more than just soup!

What to Serve with Clam Chowder? 7 Delicious Side Dishes

1 – Garlic Bread

garlic bread

Let’s start with a basic side dish. Garlic bread is my favorite thing to eat with soup! It’s perfect because it can be served warm and the buttery garlic flavor will complement your soup nicely.

You could also serve crustier French baguettes with some olive oil brushed on top if desired instead – just cut them into bite-size pieces first (or use two smaller loaves).

This would work well as an alternative since they’re more filling than regular white sandwich slices but not too heavy like focaccia loaf.

2 – Cornbread

You really can’t go wrong with cornbread! It’s easy to make and it goes well alongside any soup.

It can be served warm or cold, so you could have some ready in the fridge for a quick snack if desired too. Some people like to serve it with a little butter and honey, but I prefer to serve mine plain.

If you’re not sure what type of cornbread recipe would work best for your soup – just google “best cornbread recipes”.

3 – Potato Wedges

potato wedges

If bread isn’t your thing, then potato wedges are a great alternative. They’re crispy and salty, which is perfect for dipping in your soup.

They also have the bonus of being gluten-free so they can be enjoyed by everyone at any meal (or as an appetizer). You could serve them with sour cream or ranch dressing if you wanted to add some more flavor too.

4 – Cauliflower Au Gratin

cauliflower gratin

Sometimes, clams and potatoes are not the best of pals. It may seem like a dish best suited to bread that’s why this recipe for cauliflower au gratin is a nice alternative.

It’s creamy and cheesy which pairs well against the salty flavor of clam chowder. Plus, it has some added vegetables for good measure.

You can serve this dish as an appetizer or alongside your soup to add more variety in texture too.

5 – Fried Onion Rings

crispy fried onion rings

Why not pair your soup with something fried? These onion rings are a nice alternative to the usual breadcrumb-coated variety.

They’re crispy and crunchy – perfect for dipping in your chowder!

You can use any type of onions you want, but I like using sweet white or yellow ones because they have more flavor than regular old reds (and also make them look prettier.

You could even add some spices if that’s what floats your boat too: paprika is great on these babies as well so give it try next time ya cook ’em up at home.

6 – Green Bean Casserole

green bean casserole

Clam chowder with a casserole? Yes, please!

This version of casserole is a bit different than the traditional one, but it’s still just as delicious.

The green beans are cooked in a creamy sauce that has been seasoned with bacon and onion for added flavor – yum.

The dish is topped off by crispy fried onions which give you an extra crunch to go alongside your soft veggies below them on top of this casserole base layer.

I highly recommend this dish for your next holiday party or gathering. The recipe is easy to make and it’s a crowd-pleaser

7 – Quinoa Salad

cranberry quinoa salad

Finally, a salad that’s not just lettuce and tomatoes! This quinoa salad is a great option for those of you who are looking to add some more protein into your diet.

The key is to make sure that you cook the quinoa in a flavorful broth, like chicken or vegetable. This will give it more flavor and make your salad taste delicious!

It’s healthy, it’s delicious, and you can’t go wrong with this dish.


Even though, clam chowder is delicious, it’s not the only thing you should serve with your soup.

The best way to make sure that everyone is satisfied at a meal or gathering of friends and family members would be by serving these side dishes. 

They can flavor up your clam chowder and make it even more delicious!

what to serve with clam chowder

What to Serve with Clam Chowder? 7 Delicious Side Dishes

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Servings 1 Serving


  • Garlic Bread
  • Cornbread
  • Potato Wedges
  • Cauliflower Au Gratin
  • Fried Onion Rings
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Quinoa Salad


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