Saturday, September 2, 2017

Review of Our Favorite Seafood Dip ~ with Recipe

An image of a pile of clams

Homemade Clam Dip & Chips

Couple enjoying a chip & dip snack
Family Game Night Snacks (c) Elf
The gathering of family and friends over holidays, for special events and celebrations, or for card & game nights, calls for finger food type snacks. 

The quickest and most popular of these type of snacks are what we all like to refer to as 'chips & dip'.

Many years ago our grocery store carried, along with your typical onion dip and guacamole dip, a creamy cream cheese type dip with clams. The seafood lovers in my family absolutely loved it. Somewhere along the line the store-bought clam dip disappeared from the dairy section, probably due to lack of popularity as not everyone likes clams. (Can't imagine that, but it's true!). :-)

We really missed not being able to buy clam dip any more, so I got to pondering on it and figured out it couldn't be that hard to come up with my own version. Using some suggestions from an appetizer cook book for seafood-type dips, this 'homemade clam dip' is what I 'invented'. My family and friends liked it so much that it has become the 'expected' snack item at our house for any time we get together. It's best served with ripple-style chips and/or pretzels because it is a bit 'stiffer' than some dips and the regular chips break apart too easily while 'dipping'.

My son recently called me long distance because he couldn't find his copy of my recipe and needed a review of the ingredients for the batch he was making. Others have asked for the recipe too, so I decided to share it here. Hope you enjoy it at your next gathering.

RECIPE For Clam Dip

Ingredients for Seafood Clam Dip Recipe

  • 1 (or 2) 8-ounce package Cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounce tub Sour cream, Use 'light' version, if desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice, bottled or Fresh
  • 3 or 4 Scallions or Green Onions, chopped
  • Dash Pepper
  • 1 or 2 cans Canned Clams, drained
  • Large Bag Ripple-style Potato Chips and/or Pretzels


Homemade clam dip

  1. Place opened package of cream cheese in a medium bowl to soften.
  2. Finely chop 3 or 4 fresh scallions (or green onions). Amount depends on your personal preference.
  3. When cream cheese is soft enough to work with, add the chopped green onions, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and pepper. Stir to mix.
  4. Add the sour cream a few spoonfuls at a time, stirring into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Continue adding sour cream until the dip is the consistency you prefer. Some like it stiffer, somewhat like a spread you could serve on crackers; others like it soft enough to use with chips and pretzels.
  6. When the dip is mixed to the consistency you like, add the clams (drained, but allow a tiny bit of clam juice to remain for a nice extra flavor).
  7. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight to allow the flavors to nicely blend. Stir once again before serving with the chips and/or pretzels.
+Cook's Note: I often double the recipe, depending upon the size of the group I am serving it to, as you will find it gets eaten quickly! :)

*Extra Note: We like lots of clams in our dip, so I prepare it with two cans, but one can works just as well.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min

Ready in: 30 min

Yield: Serves 4-6 people

Clam Dip ready to eat and enjoy!

Clam dip ready to eat

Cream cheese dips, clam and otherwise, are my favorite kinds of dip.

I made a batch of my clam dip for a recent visit from my son & family. It's our favorite snack and is always expected.

Chips and Other Dips!

Various type of chips and dips
Source: Pixabay
If clams are not your favorite, there are lots of other kinds of dips from spinach and guacamole to onion dip to salsas. Any dip and combination of chips (potato, tortilla, pretzels) make great finger food snacks for any kind of party or get-together.

Dip Cookbook

Dips cookbook cover
Available on Amazon

Dips is a dip cookbook with more than 40 recipes ranging from quick & easy dips to fancy party dips.  A cookbook filled with dip recipes for any party or occasion.

Are you a fan of 'chips & dips?'  What is your favorite kind of dip? 

For a variety of other kinds of appetizers, check out these fabulous appetizer reviews compiled for your snacking pleasure here on

National Chip and Dip Day is

March 23

Originally written © 2013 Wednesday-Elf.  Updated for Review This! on 3/23/2023

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  1. Elf. I make the same dip only with shrimp instead of clams. Delicious! Thanks for a fun post for the holiday weekend

    1. I've made it with shrimp, too, Mary Beth. We do love seafood dips! Thanks for stopping by and have a great holiday weekend.

  2. Well now you know I will just have to try this out. We love seafood, any kind of seafood and well chips and dips just seem like a natural for us. So this will be on our next party menu for sure. Thanks Pat for sharing this recipe, I can hardly wait to make it. Happy Holiday!

    1. Thanks Olivia. I know you will enjoy this dip if you like seafood.

  3. Oh my I must try this. Having a family gathering tomorrow and this dip is going to be served.

    1. Delighted my timing was so perfect for you, Susan. Enjoy the clam dip.

  4. Philadelphia Cream Cheese is truly awesome for a lot of recipes! I think it is awesome that you came up with your own Clam Dip Recipe and I bet it is better than what you used to buy in the grocery store. Sounds like a wonderful seafood dip.

    1. Homemade dip is always better than store-bought, Mouse. You can add your own embellishments to it to make it uniquely yours. Cream cheese dips are the best!

  5. I was introduced to this same recipe when I got married in 1982. My Mother in law made this dip at every gathering. It was a family favorite and soon I started making it as well very often. This recipe comes out so much better than any off the shelf clam dip I have ever tasted. I will have to try it with shrimp! Thank you Wednesday Elf for posting your great story and recipe! <3

    1. Thanks so much, Sherry. I started out with a shrimp recipe from an old paperback appetizer cookbook I'd come across and adapted it for my homemade clam dip. Glad you have been enjoying your clam dip all these years. My family demands it every time we get together. :)

  6. Looks like a great recipe. Looks like this would serve more than 4-6 people -- unless it was all they were eating.

    1. Thanks, Barbara. The bowl of dip pictured was actually a double-recipe, as I made enough for my guests to take some home with them. :)The double recipe would probably serve 4 to 6, as you say.

  7. Clam lovers will enjoy this recipe! - I'm not one for clams, but honestly this Clam Dip sounds so good

    1. Shrimp instead of clams works well too, Barbara. :)

  8. Outstanding recipe and so easy to make. We do love our seafood so, it looks like this one is going to be on my game day menu. Thanks for sharing this one.

    1. It's a great dip for 'game day', Sam. Good idea! :)

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  10. This sounds so good! I rarely ever make dips, but everytime I see a recipe like this, I'm inspired to get my behind in gear and start doing them

    1. After learning to make this dip, Barbara, I discovered that I much prefer homemade dips over store-bought. Seems the ingredients are fresher and it gives you the opportunity to adjust it to personal preferences. :) Thanks for visiting.

  11. This dip recipe sounds like something my husband would enjoy.

    1. It IS delicious. Give it a try. And thanks for stopping by. :)


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