Baked Clams Casino Dip Recipe

Clams casino dip is the PERFECT party dip! This dip recipe is a take on baked clams, with bacon and buttery crackers on top. With lots of melted cheese, bacon, and clams, it will disappear in the blink of an eye!

If you look at my index of appetizer recipes, 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 for my 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.

homemade clam dip with bacon and cheese

What is clams casino?

Classic clams casino is a fancy appetizer featuring fresh clams baked in the shell with bacon fat, crispy pieces of bacon, and a topping of breadcrumbs. In other words, clams casino is HEAVEN in a shell. 

Turning a delicious appetizer into an delightfully warm dip doesn’t take much effort, my friends. It’s as simple as baking the ingredients, minus the clam shells!

hot clams casino dip with crackers

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.

Recipe Notes

  • High sodium ahead! If you don’t use canned clams, I’m here to warn you about how salty they can be. When you make the clam dip, be sure to rinse the clams before you start mixing everything together. Your blood pressure will thank you.

If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with fresh clams, you can absolutely use them instead of canned clams. Of course, if you make this clam dip with fresh clams you should make extra, because I’ll be asking for an invite to your party!

clams casino dip on a buttery cracker

What are your favorite party dips? Use the comment section below to share your party ideas with me! 

Oh, and if you like this clams casino dip recipe, will you please rate the recipe? I really appreciate the feedback!

Other hot dip recipes

dish of baked clams casino dip

Clams Casino Dip

A take on baked clams casino, this hot dip recipe features clams, bacon, and lots of cheese. It’s topped off with buttery crushed crackers.
4.58 from 19 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 186 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cup cracker crumbs (use a buttery cracker, such as Townhouse or Ritz)
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 ounces canned chopped clams drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces bottled clam juice
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled (1/3 cup cooked bacon pieces)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (juice of 1 medium lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha or hot sauce of your choice
  • 5 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground sweet paprika

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until hot, bubbly, and golden.
  • Serve warm with crackers, chips, or raw veggies.

Nutrition

Serving: 3tbspCalories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 9gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 482mgPotassium: 87mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 280IUVitamin C: 3.2mgCalcium: 148mgIron: 0.6mg
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baking dish of hot clam dip with bacon
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20 Comments

  1. 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

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

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!!)

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

    1. 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. 😉

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

    1. 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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