Clam Dip With Cream Cheese and Homemade Pita Chips

Clam dip with toasted pita chips

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 6 mins
Total: 21 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
50 Calories
3g Fat
3g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 50
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 91mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 2g
Calcium 24mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Minced clams and cream cheese, along with Tabasco and lemon juice, make this a flavorful dip. It's incredibly easy to throw together and your friends and family will approve. It's an excellent dip to serve for a holiday or game day gathering. It's also easy to make ahead of time to along to the party.

The simple clam dip is delicious as it is, but feel free to add a few tablespoons of sour cream (or more to taste) to the mixture for extra tangy flavor. For even more flavor, add some grated onions or onion powder. If you prefer a chunkier dip, double the amount of minced clams. Canned cocktail shrimp make a tasty replacement for the clams or use flaked crabmeat instead of clams. For a flavorful seafood dip, prepare it with all three kinds.

For smoky flavor and extra texture, add a few tablespoons of crumbled cooked bacon to the finished dip. If you'd like, add some festive color by stirring in 2 tablespoons of diced red bell pepper or pimiento along with 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley. Some other ingredients that complement clams nicely include chives, curry powder, paprika, and thyme. Feel free to experiment and make the dip your own.


  • For the Clam Dip:
  • 1 (8-ounce) can minced clams
  • 1 clove garlic (cut in half)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (fresh is best)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash ground black pepper
  • Optional: pinch cayenne pepper
  • For the Homemade Pita Chips:
  • 2 (6-inch) pita loaves
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Dash of Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Dash of freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this appetizer is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and baking.

Make the Creamy Clam Dip

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Clam dip with cream cheese ingredients
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  2. Drain the minced clams, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid.

    Clams in strainer
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  3. Rub a medium serving bowl with the cut sides of the garlic halves.

    Garlic cloves in serving bowl
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  4. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until it is smooth and creamy.

    Cream cheese getting beat
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  5. Add the remaining ingredients to the cream cheese along with the reserved 1/4 cup of clam juice. Stir until the ingredients are thoroughly blended.

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  6. Spoon the clam dip into the serving bowl.

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  7. For best flavor, cover and refrigerate the clam dip for 1 hour before serving.

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  8. Serve the dip with pita chips, tortilla chips, crackers, bagel chips, vegetable dippers, or toasted baguette slices (also known as crostinis).

Make the Pita Chips

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Pita bread ingredients
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  2. Pita chips are super easy to make and go well with this dip. To make them, slice two 6-inch pita loaves in half horizontally and brush each round (on the rough side) with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil.

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  3. If desired, sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and garlic powder.

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  4. Slice each of the four rounds into 6 or 8 wedges. Arrange the wedges on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

    Toasted pita
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  5. Bake in a preheated 400 F oven for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown.

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  6. Cool and store in an airtight container until serving time.


  • If you plan to transport the dip, make sure you keep it cold.
  • The clam dip should not be served at room temperature for more than 2 hours.
  • For extended serving times, consider nestling the serving bowl in a pan of ice.