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Grilled Clams with Garlic, White Wine, and Tomatoes

In this no-fuss recipe from chef Chris Schlesinger, toss littleneck clams directly onto the grill, cook until they open, and serve with a wine-butter sauce.Also try: Barbecued Oysters with Bacon and Garlic Butter, Southeast Asian-Style Grilled Shrimp with Aromatic Herbs

  • Yield: Serves 12 as an appetizer
Grilled Clams with Garlic, White Wine, and Tomatoes


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 24 littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 1/2 cup minced tomato
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Grilled bread, for serving


  1. Preheat a grill: If using a charcoal grill, make a fire in your grill with the coals placed off to one side. When the coals are completely covered in gray ash, hold your hand about 5 inches above the grill grid; count how many seconds you can comfortably leave it there. When you can hold it there for 2 to 3 seconds, you have medium-high heat and are ready to grill. If you are using a gas grill, heat the grill for 15 minutes with the lid closed. Before beginning to cook, reduce the temperature by turning the knobs to medium-high.

  2. Place a large heatproof pan on grill near, but not over, the hottest side of the grill. Add butter and garlic and cook until butter is melted, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and white wine.

  3. Place clams directly over fire on grill and cook until opened, transferring clams to pan as they open. Season clams with salt and pepper; sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately with grilled bread.

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