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17 Sides: What To Serve With Clam Chowder

17 Sides: What To Serve With Clam Chowder

This post is packed full of creative ideas for what to serve with clam chowder. In your mind’s eye you can see the beautiful bowl of Clam Chowder you plan to have for dinner, but your small plate is woefully empty. No problem. 

From breads to veggies to sandwiches to salads, we’ve got all the inspiration for clam chowder sides you’ll ever need, so dig in! 

We’re sure you can find the perfect clam chowder side to complete your meal.

This side dish for clam chowder may just be entirely too perfect because it also uses clam chowder.  

Says so right there in the name Clam Chowder Potato Cakes! 

You can keep that yummy salty taste of clam chowder going from bowl to plate and plate to bowl. 

Who knew clam chowder could also be a finger food? We do now!

Jalapeños have entered the chat!

Production momentarily came to a complete halt as we had to check out this tantalizing clam chowder side of Jalapeño Cheddar Skillet Cornbread!

This cornbread is filled with flavor and just the right amount of crispiness on top. 

Mix in your own preferred ingredients if you wish, like chives, caramelized onions or even more cheese.

Another bacon option here! This time in the form of a highly versatile clam chowder side salad!

Just think, once you have the ingredients prepped, only 15 minutes to done! 

This colorful salad brightens up your table and just might leave you wanting more.

Once you make these fun pretzel bites, you’ll be addicted.

Can you see how they are the perfect side for clam chowder? 

Yes, they require some prep time and include active dry yeast, but it pays off in the end with beautiful bites you’ll be proud to serve from scratch!

Easy sheet pan recipe coming at you as a clam chowder side of veggies like zucchini, squash and tomatoes. 

Several variations can be experimented with like broccoli and red peppers. 

Easy to prep, cook and serve make this a winning choice!

Perhaps you are more traditional when it comes to pairing soups and sides. We got you!

The quintessential side for clam chowder is the biscuit! 

Here is a recipe that is delicious and easy requiring only 5 ingredients. 

The fun part is you bake them in a muffin tin! 

Flaky, buttery and ready in 30 min! Yes, please!

This tantalizing salad with crispy crunch and sweetness pairs great as a side dish for clam chowder.

Fresh apples, candied walnuts and chewy sweetness of dates combine for a refreshing forkful of flavor since your spoon is busy with the soup!

It might sound odd to suggest pancakes as a side for clam chowder, but these salty sweet creations definitely hit the spot and are quite unique. 

Also, they can be made ahead of time and freeze for quick warming on a weeknight.

What do you get when you combine your favorite ingredients into one side dish? 

Bacon Parmesan Pasta Salad is what you get! 

This salad is what goes with clam chowder and adds to the cozy quotient of the meal. 

Soup and salad are perhaps the most classic of combinations, after all!

What could be better than a well-seasoned corn on the cob as sides for clam chowder? Four, of course! 

You are bound to find one of these variations pleasing to your preferred cooking method. Three ingredients with the surprising one being lime.

Give charred corn a try for that super smoky, roasted flavor, and you might find you love it!

For a little staying power, add this ooey-gooey extra cheesy grilled cheese sandwich as a delicious side to your clam chowder entrée! 

Sure, we all know how to make a grilled cheese, but have you ever made one with provolone, mozzarella and parmesan? 

We didn’t think so. But once you do, you may never go back to using just American cheese again!

Rice vinegar and toasted sesame oil are the two ingredients that set this salad side for clam chowder apart from the rest. 

Simple. Easy. Flavorful. Surprising. 

We could go on and on, but you just need to taste it for yourself to see why this is one of our favorites!

Ok. Ok. We know. 

But once in a while we come across a knock-off that literally knocks our socks off and this is that one as a side dish for clam chowder. 

Olive Garden didn’t get the reputation they have without word of mouth! 

Their breadsticks are to die for, so why not try to replicate that melt-in- your mouth deliciousness? 

This recipe has step-by-step pictures to help us from beginning to end!

Seafood as a side with a seafood-based entree? Absolutely! Let’s double up.

These bacon-wrapped scallops go with clam chowder like peanut butter and jelly (which does not really go with clam chowder, just sayin’.) 

Not to mention, doesn’t everyone love bacon!?

The key is in the two-step process to deliver perfectly cooked bacon and scallops! 

If you follow a Ketogenic lifestyle, this side is perfection! Bonus.

If ever there was a feel-good salad, this would be it! The colors, flavors, and textures presented in this clam chowder side are exquisite! 

Did someone say lime juice? Oh baby, yes, this is going to be amazing! 

If classy is the direction you are headed with this clam chowder side, then pick up some beautiful jumbo shrimp and dive into this shrimp cocktail recipe! 

The secret here is the little extra steps in both the shrimp prep and the sauce prep to make them a spectacular combination!

Yes, you do deserve to take that extra time and eat good food!

The bottom line

We just love to play with our food! How can you not love some of these scrumptious side ideas for clam chowder? 

And there’s always two clam chowder camps: Manhattan (red) and New England (creamy white). Which camp are you in?

If you’re in the New England Clam Chowder camp and need more inspiration for what to serve with clam chowder, here’s another list that may help: What To Serve With Potato Soup.

But wait, you’re on the Manhattan side? How about this list of 21 Sides That Go With Soup.

It looks like garlic bread, salad, or biscuits are the winners on all fronts, but some of these just may surprise and delight you!

What To Serve With Clam Chowder

What To Serve With Clam Chowder 🥄

Looking for sides to serve with clam chowder? How about Jalapeno Cornbread, Bacon-Wrapped Scallops or Citrus Peanut Slaw? We have the inspiration you need right here.


  • Citrus Peanut Slaw
  • Clam Chowder Potato Cakes
  • Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
  • Wilted Spinach with Bacon Salad
  • Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites
  • Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Zucchini, Squash and Tomatoes
  • Biscuit Muffins
  • Vegan Apple Arugula Salad with Candied Walnuts, Dates and Feta
  • The Best Cornmeal Pancakes
  • Bacon Parmesan Pasta Salad
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • Extra Cheesy Grilled Cheese
  • Sesame Cucumber Salad
  • Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks
  • Perfect Bacon Wrapped Scallops
  • Avocado Corn Salad
  • The BEST Shrimp Cocktail


  1. Choose one or two sides that look good!
  2. Make and enjoy!

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