Cooking with Clams

Cooking with Clams

How to Cook Clams

Clams are ready to eat when the shells pop wide openWatch for that signal, then remove them immediately from the heat. You want to eat clams cooked just right – tender and sweet. Overcooked clams are tough and chewy.

Always start by rinsing the clams under cold water to remove any sand, grit or algaeNEXT STEPS…

STEAMED Put clams into a lidded pot or pan, then add a splash of water, wine or chicken stock. Cover and cook at a gentle simmer for 5-7 minutes over medium heat. Give the pot a shake to help them open up. Remove to a bowl with tongs when done.

BAKED/BROILED Place clams on a baking sheet in a pre-heated 450 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or broil for 3-4 minutes. You can also place clams on the half shell and top with a dab of butter, minced garlic and bread crumbs – same bake/broil timing applies.

GRILLED Place clams directly on the grill over medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Remove with tongs and rest in a bowl for 5 minutes to catch all the yummy clam juice.

Discard clams that do not open when fully cooked.



Clams are harvested fresh right here on the Cape, and we cook with them year round at Mac’s Seafood Restaurants and sell them at all Mac’s Seafood Markets. They’re also available to ship from Mac’s Online Shop.