Oysters, Mussels & Clams Recipes

Find delicious salads, stews, dressings, pasta dishes and more recipes featuring these savory shellfish.

Staff Picks

Cioppino (Seafood Stew)

Rating: 3.5 stars 518
This seafood stew, an impressive crowd-pleaser, can be prepared ahead of time and finished just 15 minutes before you serve it. If you leave out the crab legs, use an additional 8 ounces of white fish to keep the stew hearty.

Seafood Linguine

Shellfish is the star in the traditional Italian pasta dish linguine ai frutti di mare. Our recipe calls for five varieties: clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, and squid.

Spanish Clam Soup

Paprika and cured ham lend smokiness to this rustic Mediterranean-style soup, and red bell pepper imparts color--and the benefit of vitamin C--to the divine broth. Make sure to have good Italian bread on hand--you'll want to soak up every drop.

Broiled Oysters

Rating: 3.5 stars 29
Oysters take very little time to cook. Our pan-broiled hors d'oeuvre, which consists of oysters tossed with herbs and showered with olive oil and Parmesan, spends just minutes in the oven; serve with crusty bread for soaking up the sauce.

Linguine with Clams and Peppers

Rating: 3.5 stars 51
For this pasta dish, you may serve the clams in their shells, with a bowl on the table to collect them. Or, if you prefer, you can remove them beforehand.

Shucked Oysters with Three Sauces

This crowd-pleasing approach to serving oysters has a little something for everyone: a classic mignonette, a spicy variation with jalapeno, and a zippy fresh horseradish sauce. Shucking your own oysters at home for the first time? Take a look at our comprehensive guide before you buy.

Champagne Mignonette

The addition of Champagne is not essential, but it is particularly delicious. If you are planning to serve some bubbly with your oysters, save a splash for this sauce.

Stovetop Clambake

Rating: 4 stars 5
Lobster, clams, shrimp, and chorizo star in this classic clambake that cooks indoors on the stovetop in a large stockpot. Adding the ingredients in the right order is the secret to this recipe's success; the ones that take longest to cook go in first—and the whole meal is ready in just over half an hour.

Oysters Casino

Rating: 3.5 stars 28
This recipe for oysters casino is from "The Hog Island Oyster Cookbook" by Jairemarie Pomo.

One-Pot Clam Bake

Rating: 3.5 stars 125
This is the ultimate one-pot meal with shrimp, clams, potatoes and corn. Don't stint on the garlic!

New England Clam Chowder

Rating: 4 stars 36
This creamy clam chowder uses quahog clams.

Inspiration and Ideas

Linguine with White Clam Sauce
Rating: 3.5 stars 147

From your kitchen, tested and approved in ours. One of our Danish fans, Henrik Dan Jensen, perfected this classic meal and says, "White wine, my special ingredient, adds a tiny spark to the sweet clams."