17 Clam Recipes That Make Quick Weeknight Dinners
A Buyer's Guide to the 7 Clams Everyone Should Know
Before you start cooking, learn how to identify the different clams at the seafood market. We walk you through seven of the most common varieties: chowder, steamer, cherrystone, littleneck, New Zealand, cockle, razor, and Manila.
It only takes 10 minutes to steam littleneck clams -- so much tastier than the canned variety -- for this creamy chowder. Potatoes, bacon, shallots, thyme, and white wine add flavor and body to the soup.
Green Gnocchi with Cockles
Team store-bought spinach gnocchi with briny cockles for a simple supper that’s elegant enough for company.
Steamed Clams and Corn Recipe
Slice ears of corn into half-inch "coins" so they cook at the same speedy pace as littleneck clams. Shallots, jalapenos, and cilantro flavor the white wine broth.
All you need are five dozen littleneck clams and a hot grill to prepare this fun, casual dish. Put the clams directly on the grill and cook them for about five minutes, just until they open.
Spanish Clam Soup
Smoked paprika and serrano ham are the perfect match for littlenecks in this flavorful, Mediterranean-inspired soup. Serve with plenty of toasted crusty bread to soak up the addictive broth.
Spicy Clams with Spaghetti
Turn up the volume on classic spaghetti alle vongole by adding a generous dose of fiery red-pepper flakes.
Grilled Pizzas with Clams and Bacon
We take everything we love about clam chowder -- littlenecks, bacon, fresh parsley, onion, garlic, white wine, and cream -- and put it on a pizza.
Linguine with Clams and Lime
Give linguine with clams a spicy-tangy kick by throwing in some jalapeno and the zest and juice of three limes.
Rhode Island Clam Chowder
The less famous Rhode Island soup is no less delicious than its New England or Manhattan counterparts. The clear broth lets the flavor of the clams shine.
Linguine with Clams in Pepper Broth
Cracked black pepper and red-pepper flakes give bite to a fragrant, briny clam broth. Pancetta and lemon zest balance out the heat in this hearty linguine supper.
One-Pot Clam Bake
Party in a pot! Fresh seafood and summer corn are bathed in a garlicky, lemony white-wine broth that will have your guests clamoring for more.
Linguine with Cockles and Squid
Take linguine with clams to the next level by adding crisp guanciale (cured pork jowl) and tender squid.
Mixed Seafood Chowder
Give clam chowder a Scottish twist by adding your favorite hot-smoked fish. We used salmon, but trout or haddock would also be delicious.
Steamed Clams with Tomatoes
Steam clams in a quick-cooked sauce of cherry tomatoes, garlic, red-pepper flakes, and oregano, then serve with rustic bread to soak up every last drop of precious broth.
Linguine with Clams and Peppers
What sets this clam pasta apart? Mild Cubanelle peppers. They add just the right amount of spice and sweetness.
Steamed Littleneck Clams
Combine four pounds of clams, a little butter and thyme, and a pint of beer or water to make enough for a party. Once the clams are scrubbed, it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare this casual family-style dish.
Manhattan Clam Chowder
The tomato-based broth for the other classic clam chowder is spiked with Marsala wine and red-pepper flakes in this recipe. Tender clams, potatoes, and pancetta complete the hearty soup.