Hot (and Cold) Sandwich Options for Clam Chowder

What Sandwich Goes With Clam Chowder?

Clam chowder has a signature taste that’s all its own. A perfectly made bowl has a tantalizing blend of creaminess and with subtle hints of seafood flavor.

For those that love it, there’s really no substitute for this unique food.

While having a big bowl of it is certainly satisfying, sometimes you might want a little something extra go with it, round things out and consider it a truly complete meal.

And when it comes to clam chowder, few things are better suited to go with it than sandwiches.

Of course, there’s a million sandwich options out there so what we hope to do is share a few ideas that you might enjoy with your next bowl.

We’ve got all kinds for you to try but first, let’s take a look at the criteria we used for picking what sandwich goes with clam chowder.

Our Criteria

Ideally, the type of sandwich you pick shouldn’t compete with the seafood flavor of the clam chowder but instead should complement it as much as possible.

So, sandwiches with other kinds of seafood or fish would fit into this category. While there might be some people who’d love to sit down to bowl of chowder and a tuna melt, for most of us this would be too much emphasis on seafood to be satisfying.

Also, overly sweet sandwiches probably won’t be a good option either. While a hint of sweetness in the form of a thin spread or caramelized ingredients are great, sandwiches with large amounts of jelly, jam or other fruit wouldn’t be the best choice.

Cold Sandwiches

Piled high with savory meats, cheese and tasty spreads, cold sandwiches make a great choice for pairing with a warm bowl of chowder. We’ve picked a few of our favorites for you to check out!

BLT Sandwich

Classic BLT Sandwich – You can’t go wrong with the beloved BLT. This recipe from has it all including crisp bacon, fresh lettuce and creamy mayo.

Chicken Sandwich

Dad’s Chicken Sandwich – This recipe from Food Network features tender chicken breast, whole grain bread, honey mustard and vine-ripened tomatoes.

Club Sandwich

Killer Club Sandwich – What do you get when you pile heaps of ham, turkey, avocados, swiss cheese and lettuce between two soft slices of bread? Why the ever popular club sandwich courtesy of the Pioneer Woman.

Ham Sandwich

Ham and Swiss Sandwich – Leave it to Martha Stewart to take the humble ham and cheese sandwich to a whole new level with this recipe featuring a baguette.

Turkey Sandwich

Turkey Bacon Avocado Sandwich – Stacks of bacon, avocado and provolone means nothing but deliciousness with this tasty recipe from

Veggie Sandwich

Green Goddess Veggie Sandwich – Looking for a lighter sandwich option to go with your bowl of clam chowder? If so, then this rainbow-colored veggie sandwich from Delish Knowledge is worth a look.

Hot Sandwiches

When it’s cold out and you want to double up on that soul warming feeling you get from that tasty cup or bowl of chowder, then look no further than a melty, crunchy and slightly chewy toasted sandwich. Our top picks for hot sandwiches to go with clam chowder are the grilled cheese and the panini.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

The tried and true grilled cheese sandwich is always a tasty option and for good reason. They’re easy to make and everything is better with melty, gooey, delicious cheese. Not only there’s a grilled cheese recipe for almost any type of cheese you can imagine!

Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Best Grilled Cheese – The classic grilled cheese really doesn’t need any introduction or explanation and this recipe from will satisfy all your melty, cheddar-filled dreams.

Provolone Grilled Cheese

Extra Cheesy Grilled Cheese – If you love Italian cheese, then this provolone heavy version from My Recipes is a grilled cheese you need to add to your list.

Gruyere Grilled Cheese

Gruyere Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions & Mustard – An unexpected blend of Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions in this recipe from Broma Bakery will have your taste buds jumping for joy.

Gouda Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese with Gouda, Roasted Mushrooms and Onions – Roasty-toasty Gouda cheese goodness meets onions and mushrooms in this finger-licking good recipe from She Wears Many Hats.

Muenster Grilled Cheese

Muenster and Avocado Grilled Cheese – What’s better than toasted sourdough loaded with heaps of Muenster cheese? Nothing! I have no doubt you’ll agree when you head on over to Arla USA’s site to check it out.

Panini Sandwiches

The grilled, lightly crusted perfection of the panini makes it ideal for scooping out those last delicious morsels of chowder from your bowl. 

Baguette Panini

Ham, Horseradish & Brie Baguette Panini – Looking for something unique? How about a panini with bite? This delectable looking recipe from the Big Oven combines the zest of horseradish and the creaminess of brie to deliver a sandwich you’ll love.

Ciabatta Panini

Chicken and Fontina Panini – Crusty, gooey and savory, this chicken and fontina cheese panini on ciabatta from My Recipes will make perfectly toasty addition to your clam chowder.

Focaccia Panini

Grilled Caprese Panini – How about a twist of authentic Italian to complement that delectable bowl of chowder? If that piques your curiosity, check out this recipe from Weekend At The Cottage.

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