How To: Steam Clams

2014-10-26 13.03.12If you didn’t grow up near the ocean like I did, I’d assume its’s not second nature for you to just know how to cook all different types of seafood.  I grew up expecting seafood as a meal at least once a week, and leaving that lifestyle when I moved to Raleigh was a bit saddening.  Now, when I find good deals of seafood that is wild caught, I sometimes just can’t pass it down, which is why this weekend, I purchased some little neck clams caught at the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

I thought I’d share with all of you how to steam clams, in case you didn’t know!  It’s very easy and requires minimal effort!2014-10-25 20.33.12

1.  Place 2 dozen fresh clams into a large stock pot and add 1/2 cup of water to pot.  This will not cover clams, but you don’t want it to!2014-10-25 20.35.28

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2. Place on stove, covered, at low to medium heat.  Your water will begin to simmer, but you don’t want it to boil, so don’t place your heat setting too high.2014-10-25 20.36.15

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3.  Once you hear clams start to “pop open,” remove from heat.  For two dozen clams, this takes about 10 minutes. 2014-10-25 20.49.00

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4.  Remove clams from shell and enjoy!2014-10-25 20.57.15

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Thanks to my dad for teaching me how to cook seafood!

Bows and arrows,

Lynda