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Simple Steamed Clams

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Steamed Middleneck Clams by Cherrystone Aqua-Farms

It is absurdly simple to steam clams. And it doesn’t take much to elevate this dish. Some staples: butter, garlic, lemon, and cheap beer. Then get fancy with some garnishes, maybe some sort of pickled pepper... or not! The possibilities are endless. 


  • Middleneck clams, purged (you’re gonna love ‘em - so the amount will depend on how many folks you’re feeding and how hungry they are) 
  • Butter 
  • Garlic 
  • Lemon, sliced (and if you want to be fancy, an extra lemon to grill and garnish with as pictured) 
  • Cheap beer (we prefer miller lite, but really it tastes like water so whatever comparable light beer will do 
  • Parsley, chopped 
  • Pickled (or fresh, it doesn’t really matter) peppers. Pick your spice! Serranos, jalapenos, poblanos, oh my! 


  • Melt butter over medium heat in your steaming pot. 
  • Sauté garlic (we know some of you will be annoyed that we don’t tell you exactly how much, but seriously let the Spirit move you) 
  • Pour that can of beer in. 
  • Put in those purged middleneck clams. Intermittently, squeeze your sliced lemons leaving the spent rinds in the pot and dispersing peppers intermittently.  
  • Cover and steam until all your clams are open. 
  • Spoon those delectable bivalves into a bowl, garnish with parsley. Extra points if you can get to some of the juice in the bottom of the pan (just be careful: there will likely be a little bit of grit settled out in the very bottom).
  • Revel in the accolades you receive for making such a delicious supper.   

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