Clams Casino Dip Recipe

Clams casino dip is a hot cheese dip that’s always a crowd favorite, especially for holiday entertaining. With lots of melted cheese, bacon, and clams, it will disappear in the blink of an eye!

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If you go look at my dip recipe index, you’ll see that I’m a fan of dips, especially for holiday entertaining. With so many parties to attend, it’s nice to have a quick and easy recipe that I can make quickly to serve to guests. Because I’m in love with melted cheese, hot dips are my preference. And where there are hot dips, dippers like chips, crackers, and bread are sure to follow. Those are the rules in my carb-loving world, my friends.

That is where my clams casino dip recipe and some of my favorite flavors of Town House crackers come into the party picture.

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Speaking of crackers, have you noticed how many different flavors are available in the grocery store?  I’m dating myself, but when I was first living on my own, I remember the choices being buttery crackers or salty crackers.  The cracker lover in me is happy now because there was entire aisle of cracker varieties available to choose from at Target!

 

I was really happy when I saw the whole wheat crackers. I knew I wanted to crush those and use them instead of bread crumbs for the top of my dip, but after I put them into my cart, a box of the flatbread appeared in my cart out of nowhere. Who was I to deny them? Two boxes of crackers are better than one, especially since it gave me more dipping options for my clams casino dip!

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m not very good at channeling my inner Martha Stewart or Ina Garten when it comes to hosting parties, but that’s why I love easy dip recipes. Not much effort is required to put them together, and they’re always crowd favorites.

Note: I haven’t used canned clams in a while, so I forgot how salty they can be. When you make this recipe, be sure to rinse the clams before you start mixing everything together. Your blood pressure will thank you.

hot clams casino dip recipe

Don’t forget to have a lot of crackers and celery available to dunk into this clams casino dip!

Do you love hosting parties? Will you be hosting a big party for New Year’s Eve? Use the comment section below to share your party ideas with me!

Clams Casino Dip

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 25 mins
Serves 8     adjust servings

1 review
hot clams casino dip recipe

Clams, bacon, and lots of cheese go into making this dip. It's topped off with crushed crackers baked up until it's hot and bubbly.

Ingredients

  • 16 whole wheat Townhouse crackers, crushed into crumbs (2/3 cup crumbs)
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 ounces canned chopped clams, drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces bottled clam juice
  • 1/3 cup cooked and crumbled bacon pieces (about 6 slices of bacon)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (juice of 1 medium lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha (or hot sauce of your choice)
  • 5 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sweet paprika

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the clams, clam juice, bacon, lemon juice, garlic powder, pepper, hot sauce and 4 ounces of mozzarella cheese. (Reserve 2 Tablespoons for sprinkling on top of the dip before baking.)
  4. Transfer ingredients into a 9-inch deep dish pie plate or similar small casserole dish and use a spoon or spatula to spread evenly. Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over top of dip. Top dip with remaining mozzarella cheese and then sprinkle paprika over the top.
  5. Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until hot, bubbly, and golden.
  6. Serve warm with crackers, chips, or raw veggies.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 188kcal Calories from fat 84
% Daily Value
Total Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 506mg21%
Carbohydrate 7g2%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 19g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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34 Replies to "Clams Casino Dip Recipe"

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    Nicole January 8, 2015 (9:59 pm)

    Wow! I’ve never tried any version of clams casino before. This dip looks amazing!

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      Chef Becca January 9, 2015 (7:34 am)

      Nicole, if you like clams, bacon, and cheese, you’ll be in a little cloud of Heaven with this clams casino dip 😀

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        Diane May 13, 2017 (2:27 pm)

        This looks great – I might add diced red & green bell peppers

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          Becca May 13, 2017 (2:40 pm)

          Peppers would be a wonderful addition to the clams casino dip, Diane!

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    Lila Asnani January 8, 2015 (2:06 pm)

    A hot dip with Sriracha? Sign me up. Definitely going to try this at my Book Club meeting next month. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Marye January 8, 2015 (10:30 am)

    looks fantastic. I love clams casino!

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      Michael Gilletti January 11, 2015 (7:58 pm)

      I also love clams casino, hard to find any kind of consistency when you dine out. I want to make my own do you have a recipe that you would like to share.

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        Chef Becca January 11, 2015 (8:16 pm)

        Hi Michael,

        You’re absolutely right that tasty clams casino is difficult to find when dining out. Truthfully, I think the key to success is to use high quality butter. European butter has a higher butterfat content and is therefore, much richer than standard butter in the United States. I use and recommend Kerrygold butter.
        Because fresh clams are all but impossible to find here in Wisconsin, it’s been a very long time since I’ve made clams casino at home. However, this recipe from Fine cooking is very similar to the one I make. I hope you enjoy it! http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/classic-clams-casino.aspx

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    Trevor aka The Burger Nerd January 1, 2015 (6:39 am)

    Seriously good looking clam dip. Would it be wrong of me to forgo the crackers and just use a spoon to eat this like a clam chowder? lol Thanks for sharing this recipe. Happy New Year!

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      Chef Becca January 1, 2015 (11:15 am)

      Thanks, Trevor!
      Shhh… don’t tell anyone, but I may have done exactly what you’re thinking. What can I say? I ran out of crackers and there was a spoon conveniently sitting nearby. 😉

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    pam (Sidewalk Shoes) December 31, 2014 (10:57 am)

    Pinning this!! And making a trip to the store!

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      Chef Becca January 1, 2015 (11:16 am)

      Thanks, Pam! I hope you enjoy the dip recipe!

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    Heather | girlichef December 31, 2014 (10:39 am)

    Oh my gosh, I have almost everything I need to make this already…the rest is on my list for today. Sounds delicious, Becca – I loooove clams casino!

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      Chef Becca December 31, 2014 (10:49 am)

      Thanks, Heather! Just be sure to rinse those clams well. This was super delicious, but majorly salty!

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    Melanie | Melanie Makes December 31, 2014 (8:11 am)

    All that gooey cheese is calling my name, Becki – a perfect NYE appetizer!

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      Chef Becca December 31, 2014 (8:16 am)

      Cheesy goodness rarely disappoints, Melanie. Thanks, and happy new year!

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    kristy December 31, 2014 (7:59 am)

    This looks AWESOME, Becca!! What a great NYE appetizer (or football, or anytime)!!

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      Chef Becca December 31, 2014 (8:17 am)

      It’s pretty addictive, Kristy. I hope you have a chance to try it sometime! Happy new year!

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    Amanda December 30, 2014 (3:57 pm)

    This is something I wouldn’t think to make but it looks AMAZING! I will be trying this asap!

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      Chef Becca December 31, 2014 (8:17 am)

      It’s pure awesome, Amanda. I hope you have a chance to try it! Happy new year, my friend!

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    David December 30, 2014 (7:48 am)

    I don’t think I’ve ever actually had a clam dip, Becca…but these ingredients sound awesome! I might just need to whip up a batch of this for New Year’s Eve. 🙂 (P.S. You had ME at bacon!!)

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    Angela December 29, 2014 (9:32 pm)

    YUM!!! This dip looks amazing!!! Didn’t know there was a whole wheat option for those crackers! Thanks for sharing! Cant wait to try this!!

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      Chef Becca December 30, 2014 (7:33 am)

      Thanks, Angela! I was really excited to find the whole wheat crackers, too. They’re good!

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    Susie Gall December 29, 2014 (5:31 pm)

    Oh my – this dip sounds absolutely delicious and I will be serving it New Year’s Eve. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Chef Becca December 29, 2014 (6:17 pm)

      Thank you, Susie! I hope you enjoy the dip. Happy New Year!

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    peter December 29, 2014 (12:16 pm)

    This looks great. I am sure it did wow your guests.

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    Lovefoodies December 29, 2014 (10:34 am)

    Wow! This looks so good! I’m off to the shop!!

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      Chef Becca December 29, 2014 (11:08 am)

      I hope you love the dip as much as I do, Mary!

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    Nicky December 29, 2014 (10:13 am)

    This looks delicious. With New Year’s Eve coming up, I’ve been looking for a few recipes dips to try. This would be a big hit at my house. Thanks

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      Chef Becca December 29, 2014 (11:08 am)

      It’s super easy to make, Nicky! I hope you love it!

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    Ashley December 29, 2014 (10:01 am)

    Oh man – this dip looks AWESOME! I love bacon with seafood… and throw in a bunch of cheese?! SO MUCH YES! 🙂

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      Chef Becca December 29, 2014 (11:08 am)

      I’m a yes right there with ya, Ashley! So happy that you stopped over. Thank you!

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