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  • 2 1/2 to 3 doz. littleneck or middleneck clams
  • 4 TBLS salted butter
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 C white wine
  • 1 C clam juice
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 C heavy whipping cream
  • fresh chopped parsley, garnish
  • crusty bread, for dipping
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Just when I think I can’t find another way to enjoy clams. These Butter Garlic Steamed Clams happened last night! If you enjoy clams as much as I do, check out some of my other recipes by clicking here! Don’t forget the crusty bread to soak up this amazing sauce! You could also prepare these clams on the grill. Just make up a few packets in aluminum foil and grill until the clams have opened.

Of course, this dish would make a perfect addition to your Feast of the Seven Fishes meal on Christmas Eve.

Local to Charlotte? Head on over The Carolina Meat & Fish Co. to grab your littleneck or middleneck clams!

a cast iron pan of butter garlic steamed clams with bread and lemons


Believe it, or not, I devoted an entire blog on how to Clean Clams. Place clams in a bowl of water with about a tablespoon of flour. Allow the clams to soak for at least five minutes. Up to twenty minutes is fine. As the clams ingest the water/flour mixture they will spit it out, along with any dirt that may be lingering inside the shell. Rinse and reserve in fridge until ready to use. Discard any clams that are open prior to soaking.

In addition, I would also like to note that this recipe is best suited for smaller clams. Littleneck, middleneck or cherrystone clams will work perfectly. Avoid the larger chowder clams.


Melt the butter in a deep pan. I absolutely love cooking in my Lodge cast iron. You definitely need to add a cast iron pan to your kitchen. I highly recommend this one as a starter. Click here! Add in the minced garlic and shallots. Allow to cook for a few minutes. You are not looking to brown the garlic/shallots. Just cook long enough to infuse the butter with flavor. Pour in the clam juice and white wine. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Sprinkle in a few pinches of crushed red pepper flakes. Allow the broth to come to a heavy simmer.

Add in the reserved clams and lemon juice. Cover. Allow the clams to steam open. Move the clams around every few minutes. If any of the clams refuse to open, discard.

On a side note, feel free to add mussels, or use this recipe just for mussels. The sauce is incredible!

Once all clams have opened. Be sure to discard any clams that do NOT open. Remove pan from heat and gently stir in the heavy whipping cream. Garnish the Butter Garlic Steamed Clams with fresh chopped parsley. Serve with tons of bread and ENJOY!


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