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Clam Fritters

Clam Fritters

Recipe adapted from The Outer Banks Cookbook More like pancakes, but called fritters on Hatteras and in Kinnakeet. Usually served as a side dish Recipe makes 18 fritters or 6 appetizer servings. W-S Journal

  • Yield: 1 serving ( Serving Size: Makes 18 fritters )
  • Prep time:15 Minutes
  • Cook time:30 Minutes


  • 1/4 cup(s) canola or corn oil
  • 1 pint(s) clams
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • About 1/2 cup(s) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • Softened butter, cream cheese, or sour cream flavored with chives


1. Drain clams, reserving the juice. Chop clams by hand or preferably in a blender. Drain clams again, reserving any juice.

2. Stir together the egg, salt and pepper. Add as much flour as needed to hold the mixture together. If needed, use a little reserved clam juice to thin the batter. Stir in clams.

3. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan. When hot, drop batter by large spoonfuls to form 2- to 3-inch circles. (Don't crowd the pan; plan to cook fritters in several batches, adding a littler more oil to the pan as needed.)

4. Flip fritters as soon as the bottom sides begin to turn a golden color, and brown the other side.

5. Serve with softened butter or herb-flavored cream cheese.

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