Steaming Clams

Steaming Clams - Click to enlarge
Cover clams with 2% brine (1/3 cup salt to 1 gallon tap water) and let stand for 15-20 minutes, allowing the clams to cleanse themselves of sand. Change the water and let stand. Repeat 2 or 3 times.

  • 2 tablespoons crushed bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Water
  1. Fill the clam steamer with 3 inches cold water.
  2. Add spices and lemon juice.
  3. Place clams on steamer insert, and cover tightly.
  4. Bring to a boil and steam for 8 to 10 minutes until clam shells open. Discard any shells that remain shut.
  5. Serve with clam juice and melted butter.

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