Beer-Steamed Soft-Shell Clams

For a charcoal grill, simply toss the wood on the coals just as you begin to cook--no need for a foil pan. Make sure the pan you choose for the clams will fit inside your grill. If soft-shell clams aren't available, scrubbed littleneck clams will also work in the recipe, and they don't require soaking in cornmeal--check for doneness after 10 minutes. Serve with strained steaming liquid or heated clam broth to dunk the clams in for one last rinse, then dip in Butter Sauce.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 6 clams)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 25 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 36
  • Fat: 0.3g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 4.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 3.3g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Cholesterol: 11mg
  • Iron: 4.8mg
  • Sodium: 95mg
  • Calcium: 23mg

Ingredients

  • 2 cups wood chips
  • 2 pounds soft-shell clams
  • 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces room temperature medium-bodied beer, such as pale ale
  • 1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Butter Sauce

Preparation

  1. 1. Soak wood chips in water for 1 hour; drain.
  2. 2. Place clams in sink, and cover with cool water. Rinse clams well, rubbing together to dislodge grit, and drain. Repeat until water is clear. Drain clams. Place in a large bowl, and cover clams with cold water. Stir in cornmeal and salt. Refrigerate and soak for 30 minutes.
  3. 3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  4. 4. Remove grill rack; set aside. Pierce the bottom of a disposable aluminum foil pan several times with the tip of a knife. Place pan directly on heat element on bottom of grill; add wood chips to pan. Place grill rack on grill. Arrange clams in a grill-safe roasting pan, large shallow baking pan, or sturdy disposable foil pan. Pour beer and 1 cup warm water over clams; arrange garlic and lemon over clams. Place pan on grill; cover grill, and cook 15 minutes. Stir clams. Cover grill, and cook 5 minutes or until clams open. Discard any unopened shells.
  5. Sustainable Choice: Lobsters & Steamers. Lobsters trapped off waters near the Northeast U.S. and Canada are smart options, as are wild-caught or farmed soft-shell clams.
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