Steamer Clams with Tomato, Garlic, Lemon, Dill, and Parsley

My husband was craving fish for dinner but when I went to pick some up from our local grocery store, they only had a little bit of fresh halibut left. My kids saw the Manilla clams and begged me to make those for dinner too. This recipe couldn’t be more quick and easy to make. I just sautéed some red onion and garlic together then tossed in grape tomatoes then added lemon juice , chicken broth, and seasonings. I tossed in the clams and steamed them for 5 minutes. I topped them off with fresh dill and parsley before serving. Simple, quick. and delicious! My kids devoured these clams and sopped up the liquid with some crusty bread. This recipe was a huge hit with all of us and will be on the menu again very soon.

Place the clams into a large bowl then rinse them well with water. Cover them with more water then sprinkle the top with cornmeal. Place into the refrigerator for 1 hour. Side Note: The cornmeal helps clean the clams, see here for a more detailed reason.  After an hour, remove from the refrigerator, rinse, drain, and scrub the clam shells. Discard any shells that are not very tightly sealed.

Heat the olive oil a large skillet over medium heat. Add the red onion and crushed red pepper flakes to the skillet then cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Add the minced garlic and tomatoes, then cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, chicken broth, half of the dill and half of the parsley to the skillet then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add the rinsed and cleaned clams to the skillet, cover with a lid, and cook for 5 minutes, or until all of the clam shells have opened. Remove the lid and sprinkle the clams with the remaining fresh dill and parsley. Serve immediately with extra lemon. Enjoy.  Side Note: Discard any clams that did not open.

 

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Steamer Clams with Tomato, Garlic, Lemon, Dill, and Parsley

Yield: 4

Ingredients:

2 lbs Manilla clams
1 tbsp cornmeal
2 tbsp olive oil
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
3 tbsp red onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of grape tomatoes
Zest & juice from 1 lemon
1 cup of chicken broth
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

Place the clams into a large bowl then rinse them well with water. Cover them with more water then sprinkle the top with cornmeal. Place into the refrigerator for 1 hour. Side Note: The cornmeal helps clean the clams, see here for a more detailed reason. After an hour, remove from the refrigerator, rinse, drain, and scrub the clam shells. Discard any shells that are not very tightly sealed.

Heat the olive oil a large skillet over medium heat. Add the red onion and crushed red pepper flakes to the skillet then cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes. Add the minced garlic and tomatoes, then cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, chicken broth, half of the dill and half of the parsley to the skillet then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add the rinsed and cleaned clams to the skillet, cover with a lid, and cook for 5 minutes, or until all of the clam shells have opened. Remove the lid and sprinkle the clams with the remaining fresh dill and parsley. Serve immediately with extra lemon. Enjoy. Side Note: Discard any clams that did not open.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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26 Responses to “Steamer Clams with Tomato, Garlic, Lemon, Dill, and Parsley”

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    Rhonda — April 17, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    This looks so good, and I love that your kids asked for it!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — April 17, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    This is making my hungry belly grumble – looks delicious. I can only imagine how good it smells too!

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    Lisa — April 17, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    Beautiful clam dish! I do like how your kids requested clams . Manila clams love the texture and sweetness, have you tried soft shell steamer clams ( buttery clams!!)
    Again I really enjoy your blog :)

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — April 17, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

    I LOVE clams! I bet this is AWESOME with some crusty bread –YUM, I’m hungry! :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 18, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    Ooooh I just love the combo of flavors here!

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    Diane — April 18, 2013 @ 3:08 am

    We love clams but they are so expensive here! Keep well Diane

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    Jenn — April 18, 2013 @ 5:39 am

    I love that you kids begged you for clams! There probably aren’t a lot of parents that can say that :) I adore clams, but they aren’t the easiest to find here.. at least not that fresh and way too pricey. This dish looks exquisite!!

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    Larry — April 18, 2013 @ 5:39 am

    “My kids saw the Manilla clams and begged me to make those for dinner too.” – You’ve obviously raised & fed them right for them to request clams – way better than McDonalds. I really like all of the goodies you cooked them with and they presentation makes me want some for breakfast. Thanks for the cleaning tip and I think I’ll spend one of my seafood Groupons on clams.

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    life is a shoe — April 18, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    oh my, i absolutely love clams! and this recipes sounds great, I will definitely be trying this one out! Thanks for sharing!

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    Joanne — April 18, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Your kids obviously have good taste! I’m so impressed that they went for the clams!

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — April 18, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    The clams look so fresh and good. The best part is dunking some bread in the sauce.

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    Megan @ Megan's Miles — April 18, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    I’ve always been too intimated to make clams, but this sounds easy and delicious. And thanks for the tip re: cornmeal! I’ll definitely try this recipe out soon!

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    Marjie — April 18, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    The sauce sounds great, and the dish looks wonderful with the tomatoes and parsley in it!

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    The Café Sucre Farine — April 18, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

    Bravo to your kids for having such adventuresome taste! And bravo to you for introducing them to so many wonderful dishes. Love all your flavors in here!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — April 18, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    I have never eaten clams like this, I have had them only in clam chowder. This really looks and sound yummy.

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    vanillasugarblog — April 18, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    would you believe me when I say we get so sick of clams for dinner?
    i know mean right?
    i have a lot of fisherman friends who give me clams in exchange for cookies.
    too bad they couldn’t fish for shoes or all-clad cookware–you know?
    but we never get sick of lobster!
    well maybe by the end of summer.

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    Blond Duck — April 18, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    I’ve never had clams!

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    Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! — April 18, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    Mmmmmm….we love seafood and this looks so delicious! I am always looking for new excuses to buy clams! Thanks for giving me one! :)

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    mike — April 18, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    wow this clam recipe is to die for. I love clams!!! I will be making this this weekend :)

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    Peggy Recker — April 18, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

    Oh I love clams and this looks so good.

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    Lidia — April 18, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    Awesome recipe =) I’ll definitely try this one!
    Thanks!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — April 19, 2013 @ 1:08 am

    Looks so fresh! I bet it tastes even better!

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    Sally@Good Dinner Mom — April 19, 2013 @ 8:14 am

    Great recipe. Thanks for sharing! My family will love it.

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    Chris — April 20, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    What a gorgeously composed dish, Pam! The colors pop and that white pan brings them out.

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    catalaya — April 24, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    I love this recipe!! I enjoy new seafood dishes…….
    http://0cbb70qpooxt1u9pjipj6s1n42.hop.clickbank.net/?tid=RECIPE1

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