Fried Razor Clams Recipe -
Fried Razor Clams Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Fried Razor Clams

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"A simple recipe for fried razor clams, a western Washington treat. Sometimes I fry the bodies, reserving the tougher necks for chowder. Dip in cocktail sauce. The spicier the better for me!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 min

    25 mins


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. In a bowl, mix crushed crackers with black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Place eggs in a separate bowl. Dip clams into eggs, then into cracker mixture to evenly coat.
  3. Fry clams in the hot oil until golden brown. Do not over cook.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 02, 2008

Absolutely the best fried clams I've ever had. I didn't have any crackers, so I substituted with Panko and flour: I had the eggs in one bowl, Panko in another bowl, and then the flour mixed with all the other spices in another bowl. Dipped the clams in the egg, then in the flour mixture, then in the panko and fried till golden brown. Yum!!! My husband, who isn't really a big fan of fried clams, thought they were delicious and ate them right up. Although I've lived in WA for over 15 years, this was my first time digging for, then preparing and eating razor clams. Now I'm a huge fan! =) Note: It's really super important to be sure to clean these clams properly, as well as to make sure they are thoroughly patted dry with paper towels before you begin.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 13, 2007

I love clams, but I found these guys to be a little chewy, and the recipe could've done without the crackers. Not sure I will make these again, or else use a different recipe.


17 Ratings

Feb 15, 2008

Preparing and cooking razor clams is a learned gift, if you dont know how they will be very poor in taste and quality. Follow this reciepe and try them you wont be disapointed. To learn how to prepare properly try this web site

Dec 06, 2006

I love this recipe!! I grew up digging these little suckers, and eating them just like this. If you want to cook razor clams this is the only way beside clam chowder or fritters.

Jan 06, 2007

We tried this recipe last night and thought it was great right down to the spicy cocktail sauce, We also used some sweet and sour sauce and lightly salted the clams right when they came out of the oil. As for a boggy taste, we wondered if maybe the other reviewer didnt properly clean thier clams. Razor Clams are known for thier mild taste but must be cleaned properly. I would certinly make this again!!

Nov 24, 2007

This recipe is the real deal if you are a razor clam fan. We dig up Razor Clams down on Long Beach Washington. This is the recipe we use to fry up the day's catch when we get back to the condo. You can serve with butter, tarter or cocktail sauce.

Feb 18, 2010

Lacking saltines, I followed ladybug's recommendation and dipped the clams in flour, then egg wash, then panko mixed with seasonings. At medium-high, they only take a few minutes per side. Yum.

Nov 14, 2007

Absolutely wonderful. We fried these clams for a holiday dinner appetizer, and everyone enjoyed them. Will definitely use this recipe again.


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  • Calories
  • 215 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 96 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 9.2 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 7.6 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 405 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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