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, you will love these amazing seafood appetizer. Don’t forget the crusty bread to soak up this amazing sauce! You can also prepare these clams on the grill wrapped in foil packets. The smokiness from the grill will lend a lovely smokiness to this shellfish dish.
Of course, this dish would make a perfect addition to your Feast of the Seven Fishes meal on Christmas Eve.
WHAT ARE CLAMS, ANYWAY?
Clams are a bivalve mollusk. Meaning they have a two-part hinged shell. They bury themselves under sand or in mud and can be found in both oceans and rivers. (See below on how to properly clean clams prior to use).
Additionally, clams are one of the most sustainable options when it comes to seafood. They are super affordable, can feed a large crowd and are incredibly easy to prepare.
WHAT KIND OF CLAMS TO USE IN BUTTER GARLIC STEAMED CLAMS
This recipe for steamed clams is best suited for what are known as Northern quahogs clams. Littleneck, middleneck or cherrystone clams will work perfectly. Avoid the larger chowder clams, as they are too big and will be quite chewy using this preparation.
HOW TO CLEAN CLAMS
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.
HOW TO PREPARE BUTTER GARLIC STEAMED CLAMS
Preparing this amazing clam dish could not be easier. Consider at least a dozen clams per person. On a side note, feel free to add mussels, or use this recipe just for mussels.
Once you add the shallots and garlic to the melted butter, be sure not to brown or burn. You are only looking to infuse the butter. Any white wine you have on hand will do. Personally, I prefer a Pinot Grigio in most of my recipes that call for white wine. Do NOT substitute with red wine.
- Do NOT skip the cleaning of the clams
- Be sure to discard any clams that are open prior to steaming
- If you do not have white wine on hand, or wish not to use in this recipe, replace with extra clam juice
- Be sure to use a lid to steam open the clams
- If doubling or tripling this recipe, once the clams start to open, transfer to a bowl and reserve (this will help to avoid the clams from steaming too long and becoming chewy)
- Add pasta to serve as an entree
- Be sure to have plenty of crusty bread on hand to soak up that fabulous seafood broth
ARE BUTTER GARLIC STEAMED CLAMS KETO?
Following a keto, or low-carb diet? Enjoy clams, as much as you desire. Clams are low in calories, sugar and carbohydrates.
Yes, Butter Garlic Steamed Clams can be enjoyed on a keto diet. Just be sure to skip the dunking of the bread.
ENJOY these Butter Garlic Steamed Clams! If you love clam dishes as much as I do, check out a few more of my favorite clam recipes:Print
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