A few days before my birthday we packed a picnic and headed to my favorite local shellfish farm for a Beach & Bubbles Birthday seafood feast. at Taylor Shellfish Farms in Washington state #farms #local

Simple Steamed Clams

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword clams, grilled, grilling, lemon, picnic, seafood, shellfish, Tabasco, white wine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 132kcal
Author Tristin Rieken



  • 4 pounds clams steamer clams, manilla clams or littleneck clams
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • 1/4 cup white wine beer, broth or water
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce


  • Rinse clams in cold water discarding any that are open and won’t close when tapped.
  • Heat a large cast iron pan over grill over medium hot coals (or on the stovetop over medium high heat)
  • Melt butter then add steamer clams and garlic to pan. Give it a stir or shake to prevent garlic from scorching.
  • Add wine to create a burst of steam then continue cooking until clams open, discarding any that stay closed after 3 - 5 minutes. Add a few splashes of Tabasco sauce.
  • Juice half the lemon and add to clams. Slice the remainder for serving.
  • Serve immediately with lemon wedges, fresh herbs (optional), and a big loaf of crusty bread.


Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 379IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg