Clams are versatile. Most everyone’s had New England clam chowder—that’s the thick, creamy white version; the red, tomato-broth based version is known as Manhattan clam chowder—but clams can be used so many ways other than in a chowder recipe. They’re great mixed in with pasta, served on the half shell alongside other shellfish, and they’re delicious grilled in-shell. Steam clams the same way you would mussels, or, grill them (see below)—and with more than 20 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving, you can eat to your hearts content. Note, if you can’t find them fresh, look for packages of frozen clams; they work perfectly! The quahog, razor, little neck and Pacific-caught geoduck are the most common varieties and both wild-caught and farmed are good options.
2-3 pounds Clams, cherrystone or littleneck
1 stick butter
Salt and pepper
Rinse with cold water and lightly scrub shells of the clams. Place clams directly on grill or in a large grilling basket. Close the lid and cook for about 7 minutes.
Melt 1 stick of butter and stir in some fresh herbs; I use parsley and chives. Add about a tablespoon of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Remove clams and place in a shallow serving dish (discard ones that don’t open). Pour melted butter concoction over them, serve with crusty French bread and lemon wedges.
A note about my recipes … most of what I cook isn’t a precise science. It’s look, taste and feel. And I encourage you to cook the same way. Add a little more of this, or a little less of that … and pay attention … and before long you’ll be a wiz at cooking seafood.
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