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Steamed Clams

Steamed clams are a classic seafood dish in which whole clams are cooked in their shells by steaming them in a buttery broth. Water, wine, or beer are commonly used to make the broth, which can be seasoned with additions such as garlic, parsley, lemon juice, or onion. Steamed clams are enjoyed in many different cuisines and are especially popular in New England, where clams are plentiful. They are commonly served over pasta or with crusty bread used to soak up the tasty juices.

Recipe Servings: 4

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
35 minutes
Gluten Free
Dairy Free



  1. Wash the clams in cold water, scrubbing them with a brush to remove any grit.
  2. Pour the olive oil into a large pot and set it over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the garlic, sauté for 1 minute or until tender.
  4. Add the white wine and bring it to a boil. Cook until the wine is reduced by half.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium, add the clams, cover the pot, and steam them for about 5–10 minutes or until the clams begin opening.
  6. Add the butter, cover the pot, and continue to steam for about another 10 minutes or until all the clams are open.
  7. Pour the clams and any liquid into one or two large serving bowls, sprinkle with parsley, and serve. 

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