Steamed Clams

Friday, June 17, 2011

Last night I made steamed clams for the first time. Clams fit into the category of "fancy foods" that I was always scared to try.

I bought one pound of clams. I had NO clue what to do with them. Thanks to this site I figured it out. First I had to soak them in filtered water. This lets the clams breath and they let out the salt water and sand... WAIT WHAT????!! I started wondering why are they bubbling?!! Are they still alive?!! So I called the fish department where I purchased them and asked..yep I sure did. I found out they are still alive! Aw poor little clams. Once I got over the shock..I moved on.

I melted 1 tbs of coconut oil and 1 tbs of minced garlic in a large saucepan. Added the clams. Stirred them around until they were evenly coated. Added 1/4 cup of white wine and got the clams nice and drunk. Had a glass my self :) Waited for the clams to open, which means they are ready.

Hello there clam!

Since this was my first time ever eating clams..it is safe to say I did a clam good job :)

Ian said they reminded him of "the beach" and they were "a little too clammy" for him haha! I have a feeling writing five star food reviews will not be in his future.

36 comments:

Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* said...

Haha! The "breathing" part is a little creepy! I haven't tried clams yet, but mussels are my wow-this-feels-fancy seafood to cook at home. The technique is the exact same!

However, I couldn't do my own still alive lobster. :)

Ami Marie said...

Coconut oil! Sounds delicious... I'll have to try that next time. Yum!

The Michelle Show said...

So what did they taste like to you? Did you end up liking them?

Jayme and Mendi said...

You tackled something I have never had the nerve to do!! They looked yummy!!!
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Jess, Jessie, Mommy, Balanced Libra, or Jessica if you don't know me yet! said...

So funny Linds! “They're ALIVE!“....S. He loves them, I wont touch them! So fun to make., when they pop open. Like 'hello!'
xo jess love u!!!
P.s. Totally agree, it felt so fancy making this dish! Yet so easy!

ginnysaurusrex said...

OMG those look delicious. I'm a big fan of oysters & clams but not actually COOKING them. The whole thing about still being alive is horrifying to me.. BUT I really just need to put on my big girl pants and get over it for the sake of food. ;] I'll be making some soon. Thanks for the inspiration! hahaha

Ana Degenaar said...

Absolutely love those with red pepper crostini.
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Kelly said...

i'm not a huge fan of sea food, but those look super appetizing.

Jackie said...

Bahaha...I loved when you said the clams were getting drunk. I've never cooked clams before but your recipe makes it seem so easy and oh so delicious.

Cat said...

yummers! I love seafood and this looks super yum.
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Mindy said...

lol! You need to try mussels next. I hear they're sweeter. You couldn't pay me to put either one in my mouth. The Dad and The Kids, on the other hand, will tear those babies up.

Mongs said...

looks so delicious, I never knew how to cook clams. This is eye opening

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www.StarHughes.com said...

Haha I love your husband's feedback! Too funny. I am soo impressed with you making that! Steamed clams are seriously fancy girl!! Watch out Julia Child! Clams (and lobster) are on the unattainable cooking list for me - it may take me a few more years of cooking to warm up to that! Good job!!
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Emily said...

Oh, I just don't want that much interaction with the food I'm cooking.

Wait a minute...I'm the person who volunteered to butcher ducks once we start homesteading...

Lindsay said...

I NEVER knew how to cook these things. THANKS GIRL!

Monica {bohemian twilight} said...

you were brave! cracked me up about not knowing they were alive and having to call to check. lol

Anonymous said...

Oh my ... you are brave to cook up "live" food ... good for you for getting over the fact that they were "breathing" and moving on! Not a fan of clams but I love fried clam strips {I know, that is terrible :)}

♥ Cat brideblu

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

Did you like them? I love mussels & have been tempted to try them but was a little scared too! They look awesome!

The Cat Hag said...

Hey Love,

Those clams looks scary haha, I have never been able to eat oysters or clams, I do not even eat beef! ;)

I just eat chicken and some types of fish, and actually hope to turn vegetarian or at least eat as little meat as possible to spare the animals. Doesn't feel good to eat another living thing but that's just weird ol' me.

I think you are amazing! Being able to cook such a difficult (to me) dish, hehe tell your hubs he is a man of great wealth! ;)


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Addie
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Bug and Bird said...

thanks for stopping by my blog (clayrachael.blogspot.com)and leaving a comment!

i'm following your blog now and my goodness those clams look good, i actually had mussels for dinner last night. my husband, bird, has prepared mussels before but now we must try your recipe! i live within walking distance of the Sydney Fish Market.

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Sarah said...

I would ABSOLUTELY be the same way if I found out they were alive! They look delicious though :D

Rachel said...

That sounds so yummy! I love seafood, but I never really cook it.

Anne said...

That looks so good Lindsay. I can't say I've ever had clams done this way, maybe only in a chowder. I've had mussels done like this and they're nice. I'm not sure clams are so readily available here. We've probably got another name for them. I'll definitely try it though. Thanks!

Anne @ Domesblissity

marla said...

You know what I never make clams either, but I must! Thanks for helping us get over the fear...love that coconut oil :)

il ├ętait une fois... said...

mm looks tasty!! i love seafood!!
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Yummy Mummy said...

YUM YUM YUM. My hubby is not a seafood lover like I am so I usually just have it in restaurants :( I may have to change that though.

Ginger Snaps said...

Wow. You're brave...I don't think I could attempt this. ;) New follower...would love a visit back at gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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Pink Ronnie said...

If ever a post made me want to eat clams immediately, it's got to be this one. Great pictures and very clear instructions there.

One time I bought mussels and then ended up freaking out because I wasn't sure how to clean them properly! Next time I might just have to try clams...

Chunny said...

My mother always cook clams for dinner. So we learned how to love it.,

Danielle Celeste Couture said...

Hello Carpenter.Hello Walrus. Funny post. I want clams.

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Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

mmm...summer is most definitely here!!! you did a clam good job, indeed :) those look so tasty! xoxoxo brynn

Jo said...

i LOVE that your husband said they were too "clammy"- my husband doesn't like pork chops because he thinks they taste like.... pig. what to do with them??
ps- found you on "henry happened"- thanks for the exfoliation tip! i will try that tonight :)

anna said...

I am soo going to try this. I've only grilled them before but they were yummy. :D

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