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Portuguese Steamed Clams Recipe
  • READY IN 50 mins

Portuguese Steamed Clams

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"Being of Portuguese decent and raised in Rhode Island along the Eastern seaboard, this recipe is a wonderful combination of my two heritages. If desired serve with a small cup of melted butter for dipping clams and don't forget a fresh loaf of warm, crusty bread!!! Note: If the clams seem sandy, soak them for a couple of hours or overnight in the refrigerator in salted water with a bit of vinegar, cornmeal, and cayenne pepper."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    50 mins


  1. Wash clams well in a sink of cold water. Discard any clams that are already opened.
  2. In a large stock pot with a tight fitting lid, place the cleaned clams. Add the sausage, onion, tomatoes and wine. Cover and set over high heat. Steam until all the clams open up. Be sure to shake the pan often to insure even heat.
  3. Drizzle olive oil over the cooked clams. Evenly divide all the ingredients into warm soup plates. Divide the broth into side cups for dipping.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 21, 2007

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent! Truly an easy recipe and very tasty. I did however add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water just to make a little bit more broth and about 2 cloves of fresh chopped garlic. Truly a favorite from now on!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 07, 2009

I personally did not care for the flavor of sausage and onions in my clams. Tasted to heavy. I gave it a try, but, I much prefer clams italiano recipe on this site.

Jul 26, 2003

Absolutely wonderful.. I also added a couple of large chunks of celery while steaming.. You can grill thick slices of crusty bread rubbed with a clove of garlic to dip in the tasty juices..

Jul 26, 2003

Awesome! This recipe is a keeper, thanks for sharing..

Aug 16, 2009

Followed this to the letter...flavor was all there...something was missing... chorizo was dominant where I thought the clams should have been...This would make a great base for a soup or chowder.

Feb 03, 2008

Hubby thought this was absolutely fabulous! Used beer instead of wine, added small red potatoes and a few red pepper flakes. Thank you Star!

Jul 19, 2010

This was fantastic and SO fast. With prep, it takes no more than 30 minutes. I did not have clams, but used 1 lb of frozen NZ Mussles (did not thaw). I also only had 12oz of Chorizo. I did not use less of the other ingredients, as I wanted lots of broth. As others suggested, I added 2 large tbsp. of chopped garlic and also some dried parsley. It was terrific and my husband gave it a huge thumbs up.

May 02, 2007

I'm not a big steamer fan, but I made this for guests last night and they couldn't get enough of it! Everyone loved it. Served with dilled shrimp, restaurant-style house salad, old boy's strawberry pie all from this web site. Also had lobsters. Oh! And lightly steamed then chilled asparagas drizzled with raspberry vinagrette dressing from this site. GREAT meal - especially these steamers!


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  • Calories
  • 697 kcal
  • 35%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.1 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 104 mg
  • 35%
  • Fat
  • 52.6 g
  • 81%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 29.9 g
  • 60%
  • Sodium
  • 1567 mg
  • 63%

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

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