Steamed Clams in Butter and Sake Recipe -
Steamed Clams in Butter and Sake Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Steamed Clams in Butter and Sake

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"This recipe is the best for seafood lovers. Clams are steamed with sake and mirin and a bit of green onion in this Japanese way of preparation. My husband likes it so much."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. Scrub and rinse clams. Soak in a large bowl of cold water for 5 minutes. Drain thoroughly.
  2. Heat a wok or large saucepan over high heat. Quickly pour in the sake, mirin and rice vinegar. Add the clams; cover and cook until the clams open, 3 to 4 minutes. Discard any clams that do not open.
  3. Remove any scum that forms on the surface using a spoon or paper towel. Stir in the butter, soy sauce and green onion, tossing to coat the clams as the butter melts. Arrange clams on a serving plate and drizzle the sauce over them. Serve immediately.
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May 07, 2008

This was very different than any other clam dish I've had. It was very sweet; actually much sweeter than I expected. I'd make it again but I'd love to know what others are serving with this dish. I served miso soup but that wasn't a very good match to the flavor of this dish.

Sep 10, 2009

I made this recipe a couple of months ago and my hubby, who is sceptical of clams, loved it. When he asked for it today I dug out the recipe, added it to my recipe notebook (only recipes I will prepare again and again make it in), and decided I should add my review. I prepared the clams as per the recipe. At the end I sprinkled it with lots of green onions sliced in long, diagonal slices just to pretty it up. This one is a keeper - easy to prepare and delicious. Many thanks to Lilibeth for the recipe.


10 Ratings

Jun 12, 2009

I haven't try this recipe yet, but it sounds good. I just want to post my question here for those who have tried this recipe. The amount of liquid (sake, mirin, rice vingar, and soy sauce) seen to be very little compare to the amount of clams. Is that work out OK? Or I should double the liquid? Thanks

May 19, 2009

This is really delicious. I quadrupled this recipe, but only doubled the butter. Excellent - thanks!

Nov 30, 2011

Very easy to make and the sauce is extremely forgiving. Its a great side or main course dish :D

Jun 11, 2011


Jan 26, 2011

the flavor was to die for, but we may have slightly overcooked out clams; they were slightly chewy.

Aug 06, 2015

I use Countnecks ,the smallest legal size Or Littlenecks the next size bigger After I steam them open I losen the clam in it's half of the shell,but don't separate the other half of the shell. I give it a 10


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  • Calories
  • 121 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 34 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 9 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 4.5 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 155 mg
  • 6%

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

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