How to Make Restaurant Style Clams at Home

How to Make Restaurant Style Clams at Home

Are looking for the best seafood menu? Red Crab Juicy Seafood Restaurant is the perfect place for you! Our restaurant-style clams are the best you will ever have. Clams taste great steamed, baked, or broiled. But one of the best ways to enjoy clams is with a little bit of sauce and some seasoning. Cooking clams restaurant style is kind of like making clam chowder at home except you are using a lot more enticing ingredients that will make your kitchen smell amazing, too. It is no wonder chefs love this technique so much!

Restaurant-style cooking means that you do not steam or boil the clams first. Instead, you sear them in a skillet or saucepan to give them a smoky flavor and caramelize their shells for an extra crunchy texture. This makes for tender clams with just enough bite that they do not become mushy under the heat of the sauce. Let us see how you can do it.

The Best Clams to Use for Restaurant-Style Cooking


Who does not love clams? These sweet little shellfish are a great source of protein and iron and a part of every seafood menu. They are also really easy to cook at home because you do not need a lot of special equipment to make them at home. The secret to cooking clams at home is combining the right technique with simple ingredients, so you still get all the rich, juicy flavor that makes you love clams in the first place. Here are some tips on how you can enjoy your clams at home.

There are about eight hundred species of clams, and we eat about one hundred of them. Great Northern clams are common clams available in the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. They are very large in size, and you can steam or bake them in the shell. Sea clams are smaller in size but are very flavorful. Some sea clams are called littlenecks and cherrystones. They are great for frying and are often used in clam chowder. You can use any type of clam you like for this recipe, but it is best to go with a larger clam like a Northern.


  • 1 dozen clams
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves

Baking Restaurant-Style Clams

1) Preheat the oven to 400°F (200 degrees C). One teaspoon of oil is enough to grease a baking sheet. Then to heat up the baking sheet place it into the oven.

2) Mix together flour, salt, pepper, and thyme in a small bowl.

3) Place clams in a large resealable bag. Add the flour mixture to the bag, seal it, and shake until the clams are coated with the flour mixture.

4) Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Carefully place the clams on the baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the clams are slightly opened.

5) While the clams are baking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.

6) Add white wine and chicken broth to the skillet and bring to a boil.

7) Once boiling, add the clams and any juices that have collected on the baking sheet. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, or until all of the clams have opened up.

8) Remove from heat and stir in parsley leaves. Enjoy with crusty bread for dipping in the soup!

Cooking Restaurant-Style Clams Without Baking

The first thing you want to do is add olive oil to a large skillet and heat it over low-medium heat. While the skillet is heating, mince up 2-3 garlic cloves and one onion. Add garlic and onions to the skillet once it gets warm. Then add some white wine to deglaze the skillet and scrape the bottom of the pan. You can use any type of wine you like but some popular choices are white or red wine. Next, add some tomato sauce, clam juice, and chicken broth. You can use any type of tomato sauce, but a marinara sauce is going to taste amazing in this recipe. Add about 10-12 clams to the skillet. Cover with a lid and let cook for about 4 minutes or until clams open. Once the clams are done, remove them from the heat and serve immediately with crusty bread, butter, and parsley.

Add about 10-12 clams to the skillet. Cover with a lid and let cook for about 4 minutes or until clams open. Once the clams are done, remove them from the heat and serve immediately with crusty bread, butter, and parsley.

You can also add a little bit of butter to the sauce while it is still in the skillet and stir it around. This will give the sauce a creamy texture and a richer flavor. Add just a little bit of chopped parsley to give it a pop of color. This recipe is an easy way to make restaurant-style clams at home. You can serve it with a side of rice or potatoes for a hearty meal. You can also pair it with a nice glass of wine for a special dinner with friends or family.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you cook clams, so they are tender?

The longer the clams cook, the tougher the meat becomes. To get tender clams in white clam chowder, soak the clams in milk or cream (whichever is specified in the recipe) and add them last, along with the cream. Cook only until the clams are thoroughly heated; do not bring them to a boil.

What is the best way to cook a clam?

Place the shells in a steamer or colander and steam them for 2 minutes, shaking occasionally, until the clam shells have all opened. Fresh clams can also be cooked by immersing them in hot liquid, such as a jus or sauce.

What do I soak clams in before cooking?

It is good to soak your clams in fresh water for 20 minutes before cooking. The clams filter water as they breathe. The clam pushes salt water and sand out of its shells as the freshwater is filtered. The clams will have cleaned themselves of most of the salt and sand they have accumulated after 20 minutes.

How does Gordon Ramsay cook clams?

Instructions by Gordon Ramsay: Cover the clams in a saucepan with a drizzle of olive oil, chili, garlic, parsley stems, white wine, and vegetable stock. Heat the pan over medium heat until the clams begin to open. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.


You can get the same rich and savory flavors at home that you get at your favorite Red Crab Juicy Seafood restaurant. It is simple to cook clams at home with a few key steps. You just need the right recipe. If you are craving seafood, nothing hits the spot like a juicy piece of fried clam or an aromatic bowl of clam sauce pasta. These little guys are packed with flavor and are surprisingly easy to cook at home. Of course, it is also pretty easy to find clams on any seafood menu– especially if you live near coastal areas anywhere in the world! But why pay for them when you can make them for much cheaper at home?

If you love seafood, you have to try this recipe. It is an easy and delicious way to cook clams at home. Clams contain lots of vitamins and minerals and a serving size of clams is just eighty-five calories. They also contain no fat, so they are a great low-calorie meal to add to your diet. Make sure to get a good quality clam for this recipe. You want to make sure that it is fresh and is not sitting in water.

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