Learn the simple process on 'How to Steam Clams'. From the cleaning process to the steaming process, this easy to follow step-by-step tutorial is all you need to create the perfectly tender steamed clams.
½cupwater(or ½ cup white wine (the amount of the liquid will depend on the size of the saucepan))
¼cupgrape-seed oil ((or extra virgin olive oil))
2teaspooncayenne (adjust the amount depending on your spice level)
2teaspoonred chili flakes
How to clean clams
Round 1- Check that all clams are closed. If clams aren't closed, gently tap on the shell with your finger to see if they close. If they do not close, discard. In large bowl or clean kitchen sink, fill with water. Add salt and agitate the water by giving a swirl. Gently place clams in salted water for 20 minutes. Remove clams with hands and place in an empty clean bowl or other side of the sink if you have a double-bowl kitchen sink. Pour dirty water out of 1st bowl or if using sink, drain water from sink and replace with clean water and salt.
Round 2 - Repeat Round 1 by soaking clams for another 20 minutes in fresh salted water and lifting them out again with your hands and place in the clean side of the sink or bowl.
Round 3 - Repeat Round 1 again but this time gently scrub the clam shells with a chemical-free scrub brush. Lift the clams out of the water and place into the clean side of the sink/bowl. Then, give a final rinse.
How to Steam Clams
Over medium heat add grape-seed oil to saucepan. Add freshly minced garlic and saute until fragrant. Add water/wine to cover bottom of sauce pan. Add clams in a single layer. Cover with lid and steam clams for 3 to 5 minutes until clams open. Remove from heat and discard any unopened clams. Add clams to a serving dish and drizzle Cajun marinade and fresh lime juice over exposed clams and stir until all clams are coated.
Garnish with cilantro (optional) and serve immediately.
**Please note: Nutritional values serve as a guide only as values may vary.Recipe Tips:
Clean clams thoroughly before steaming them
Use a chemical-free scrub brush to scrub the outer surface of the shell from debris and dirt
When adding clams to the saucepan, make sure clams are in a single layer and do not overcrowd the saucepan
Do not add clams on top of each other as this will prevent the clams on the bottom from opening
Do not overcook clams as they will taste rubbery
You do not need much liquid in the saucepan to steam clams