Steamed clams are really flavorful and they make a healthy dish too. The following recipe features fresh rosemary to add a wonderful taste, although you could use parsley instead if you prefer. The onion, garlic, clam juice and white wine give additional flavor, and the clams should come out juicy and tender. Use middleneck or littleneck clams for this recipe; either type will work fine.
Serve these steamed clams with your choice of crusty bread or toast – you just want something to mop up the amazing juices. You can also serve some melted butter on the side, for dipping the clams into. This is a very easy recipe to follow and if you are keen on seafood, and especially clams, you will enjoy the aromatic taste of this dish. You could even try a different kind of shellfish. This would work just as well with mussels, for example.
Although clams can also be broiled, baked, or cooked in another way, steaming them is great because it locks in the moisture and allows your aromatic ingredients to subtly perfume the clams. Choosing steaming over frying also means you do not need to add a lot of fat to the recipe. Use vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil for a subtle taste in this recipe.
- 6 dozen fresh clams
- 2 rosemary sprigs
- 1 cup white wine
- 2 cups clam juice or water
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 chopped garlic cloves
- 1 chopped onion
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Crusty bread or toast, to serve
- Wash the clams and check they are odor-free and blemish-free.
- Heat the oil in a pot over a moderate heat and sauté the onion with the garlic until fragrant and translucent.
- Add the wine and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the clam juice (or water) and the clams.
- Cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes or until the clams are open.
- Discard any which have not opened.
- Transfer the clams to serving bowls.
- Use salt and black pepper to season the pan juices.
- Drizzle the juices over the clams, and serve toast or crusty bread on the side.
Clams are naturally juicy and flavorful, and steaming them locks in the moisture and adds aromatic flavors. Serve steamed clams for lunch or dinner, or even as an appetizer if you keep the portion sizes small. Clams are healthy and flavorful, and the fresh rosemary adds a beautiful taste to this dish. Toasted bread on the side is a great idea, because you will not want to miss out on any of the lovely juices and you can use the bread to soak them up after you have enjoyed the clams.
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