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Clam Bake Recipe

Clam Bake

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"This is the most fun you can have with your seafood. It started with the idea of a fun get-together clam bake then took off with a life of its own. This recipe is a general guide. Have fun, mix and match your favorite seafood. I would ask your fish monger what is fresh, and then decide what seafood to add. I've even added a whole octopus before. Serve with a nice white wine, turn on some music and have fun. Great outdoor meal."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Place a potatoes in a layer in the bottom of a large pot. Cover with a layer of clams, then mussels, and finally the shrimp. Pour in the vermouth and enough chicken broth to fill the pot halfway. You may not need all of the broth, depending on the size of your pot. Cut a half cup of the butter into cubes and place on top of the seafood. Cover with a lid, and seal tightly with aluminum foil.
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium-low heat for 45 minutes. Remove from the heat, and carefully remove the foil and lid. Remove the seafood and potatoes from the liquid and serve on a large platter, family-style.
  3. Melt 1/2 cup of reserved butter, and divide into 4 individual dishes for dipping. Serve with French bread and remaining softened butter for the bread.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 30, 2007

Im Maine we do this with clams lobster potaotes and corn and use white wine or beer in place of the vermouth doesnt get any better than this....

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 10, 2013

As a chef this is a good dish as written but the potatoes should be par boiled as mentioned by another member. I would not cook the seafood for 45 minutes either. Cook until the clams and the muscles open. Throw out the ones that don't.


24 Ratings

Jul 17, 2008

This was delicious and my guests loved it. Only one comment:Parboil the potatoes and cut the cooking time in half.It will keep the mussels from shriveling up.

Jul 22, 2007

Very good base recipe -- I doubled the recipe and used a 12 qt. stock pot to cook it in. I was a little concerned that the broth might need a little something more so I added a bottle of clam juice, a half of a lemon, cut in chunks, and about 5 whole, peeled cloves of garlic. Also used baby Yukon gold potatoes which were fabulous.

Aug 10, 2009

This is a GREAT recipe. I've made it twice now. The first time I made it the broth had no flavor, so I changed it a little bit this time(I hate when people do this, but...)by using a bottle of beer with the chicken broth, a bag of mccormick's shrimp boil seasoning, a head of garlic, a few onions, and adding kielbasy and corn to the mix. The broth was PERFECT for dipping with bread. This is the perfect summer one pot meal!

Aug 26, 2009

I would give this four stars as written - it's as simple as can be for a no-fuss easy one-pot meal. For our personal preference, next time I will probably leave out the potatoes - with the corn and yummy seafood, no one in my family even touched the potatoes. Also, I will double the clams and mussels. I used seafood stock (all I had) and added a quarter of a lemon and a few cloves of garlic to the broth while cooking. I also cooked this a bit differently since I didn't want the seafood coming out tough or rubbery. I started with par-boiling my potatoes in salted water. Then I dumped out the water and added the corn to the potatoes and the broth and my additions of lemon and garlic. I cooked these for about 5 minutes. I added the clams in a single layer on top of the corn and potatoes and steamed for eight minutes. Pulled them out. Added the mussels in a single layer for 8 mintues. Pulled them out and added the shrimp for a few minutes until cooked through (maybe 5 minutes?). Then I put the clams and mussels back into the pot and served with crusty french bread and melted butter. The broth was fabulous and the seafood was just right (not tough and rubbery or shriveled). I will definitely make it again.

Jul 06, 2010

Couldn't get any more delicious or easy! I took a large stockpot, put the red potatoes on bottom, a layer of clams, layer of mussels, and then snow crab legs instead of the shrimp. We also put a banana leaf on top for steaming (can also use seaweed). We added the entire 48 oz of chicken stock and a bottle of beer instead of vermouth. After sealing tightly, we followed the recipe's instructions for 45 minutes on Med-low (after bringing to a boil). We also included Old Bay Seasoning I was afraid the seafood would be overdone, but it wasn't. Excellent- especially the snow crab! A nice surprise was how delicious and soft the red potatoes came out. The skin had a lovely taste and the insides were creamy. We're already planning our next one, with a bigger pot and more seafood :).

Jul 22, 2007

I grew up on the bay in MASS and all I have to do is make this recipe to feel back at home. We called it a clamboil and had it every Saturday night (where I live now its just hamburgers and hot dogs). You don't need the chicken broth if you don't have it. Try adding potatoes and onions, and hot dogs and chourico (Portuguese sausage or some other type)to the mix. There is something for everyone in this recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 1383 kcal
  • 69%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 137.4 g
  • 44%
  • Cholesterol
  • 294 mg
  • 98%
  • Fat
  • 74.1 g
  • 114%
  • Fiber
  • 10 g
  • 40%
  • Protein
  • 41.6 g
  • 83%
  • Sodium
  • 3133 mg
  • 125%

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

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