To make a simple clam dip, combine 1 pint of sour cream with 1 cup of cooked chopped clams, and add lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, and cayenne to taste. Refrigerate the mix for at least one hour, and serve it with chips, crackers and vegetables.
Some recipes for clam dip use cream cheese in addition to sour cream. This creates a thicker, more mild-flavored dip. The recipe on Epicurious calls for 8 ounces of cream cheese and 1/4 cup of sour cream to be creamed together. Next, add 13 ounces of minced clams, 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper, one minced shallot, 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley, 3/4 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, if desired. In any clam dip recipe, the exact spices and amounts can be adjusted to suit personal taste.
Kraft's recipe for clam dip omits the cayenne pepper and the sour cream, opting for a mild, cream-cheese-based dip. To make this recipe, combine one 6 1/4 ounce-can of minced clams with one 8-ounce package of cream cheese, then add 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic salt and a dash of pepper. As with all clam dip recipes, refrigerate the mix for at least one hour prior to serving.