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Easy Clam Dip (10 Minute Recipe)

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Classic Clam Dip is a smoky, savory, wonderfully creamy snack or appetizer that’s served chilled and pairs great with any number of dip-able sides. This easy no-cook recipe takes just 10 minutes to make with simple, flavorful ingredients – many are even pantry staples!

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Cool and creamy Clam Dip is a classic spring and summer dish that is perfect to share at picnics and parties!

This traditional recipe includes mostly pantry staples, with a few easy-to-find speciality items and fresh lemon juice for a bright burst of sunny flavor! Each bite is loaded with tasty bits of salty and savory clams in a rich cream cheese and sour cream base.

Even though it is incredibly satisfying, you wind up wanting more and more with every scoop!

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Best of all, clam dip is as simple to prepare as it is yummy to enjoy. It’s super easy to literally whip up a batch in just 10 minutes with zero actual cooking!

Make it on the fly whenever you get a craving or have a last-minute potluck to attend. Or make it ahead when you’ve got some extra time for a nearly effortless snack to have on hand. Either way this creamy and tangy delight will be perfect to enjoy with your choice of crunchy dippers, whenever you’re ready!

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  • Cream cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Minced garlic
  • Chopped chives
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Canned minced clams + reserved canned clam juice
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Lemon juice

For a hint of spiciness I suggest adding a generous dash of hot sauce, too!


Follow these 3 simple steps to make the best clamp dip – no cooking required!

  1. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to to blend together the softened cream cheese and sour cream until smooth.
  2. Then add the remaining ingredients and mix well with a large spoon or spatula.
  3. Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve, or transfer to a bowl and enjoy immediately with your favorite dippers!
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Add a sprinkling of some chopped scallions or chives for a nice pop of fresh flavor.

The creamy, salty, smoky and savory clam dip is delicious to serve with crunchy potato chips or buttery crackers. It’s also great to scoop onto pieces of toasted bread!

Enjoy with your favorite fresh-cut veggies, like carrots and celery sticks, for a yummy low carb snack!


Keep covered with plastic wrap or sealed in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge.

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Easy Clam Dip (10 Minute Recipe)

An easy 10 minute recipe for Clam Dip – a salty, savory, creamy snack or appetizer that pairs great with chips, crackers, and veggies!
4.32 from 25 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese clam dip, easy clam dip, homemade clam dip, how to make clam dip
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese; softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 clove garlic; minced
  • 3 Tbsp. chives; finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 6 oz. cans of clams; minced and drained reserve 1 teaspoon of the juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. clam juice
  • dash tabasco sauce if you want to add spice optional


  • In a medium mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Scrape down the sides with a spatula and mix again.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients until combined. Place the dip in a small bowl and garnish with chives.
  • Serve immediately or place in the refrigerator until ready. Serve with potato chips, crackers or veggies!
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Clam dip will last up to 3-5 days in refrigerator.
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  1. 5 stars
    What? Where has clam dip been all of my life?! I have never heard of this before and I think this needs to be happening in my kitchen ASAP. Thanks for the fun ‘new to me’ treat.

  2. 5 stars
    I’m a fan of clams and this recipe did not disappoint. The balance of the briny calms, the cooling dairy and the tangy citrus was perfect. Thank you for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    Anything that is creamy and features fish or shellfish calls my name loudly. I love this kind of preparation, and I love to eat this with grissini!!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh gosh this sounds SO good!! It has been ages since I’ve had a clam dip…I have to make it for myself now. Saving this! 😀

  5. This dip seems like a recipe that is really easy to make and doesn’t take too long either! Looks perfect for parties or hosting also.

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe was fantastic. The entire family enjoyed it, and I will be making this again soon!! I love your blog and recipes!!! Looking forward to your next recipe!!!


  7. When sealing in an airtight container, the dip is getting bubbles and becomes watery. I found just aluminum foil to cover works best.

  8. Hello Kathryn,
    I’m a Katherine, too, but I go by Kathy. Like some of your other fans I have never tried clam dip. I am not a huge clam enthusiast, but your easy clam dip sounds delish! I also have some minced clams in my pantry that I want to use up. I plan to make your dip for our local library’s cookie exchange & savory dip lunch in early December. My question is, what are the best complimentary crudité & other dippers you have enjoyed & served to loved ones. I hope to make a pretty festive platter with mostly red & green veggies so I’m thinking sugar snap peas (if I can find them), red mini bell peppers, celery sticks, grape tomatoes, cucumber or dill pickle spears, etc. And maybe some tasty sesame-whole grain crackers…what do you think?? Thank you for attention to this question & for sharing your wonderful recipes with all of us!!
    Happy Cooking & Happy Holidays to you & yours!!

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Kathy, thank you so much! I hope you love this Clam Dip. I love eating this dip with potato chips (the salt complements this dip), buttery crackers, or plain pita chips. Fresh veggies work great too! Enjoy!!

  9. 5 stars
    Thank you for your serving suggestions, Kathryn! Also, I meant to ask, do you ever add liquid smoke, such as mesquite flavored or smoky paprika to your clam dip? I can’t wait to try it!! Thanks again!! ; )