Smoked Clams

Smoked Clams
Staff Writer
Smoked Clams

Pampano

Smoked Clams

The beauty of this recipe is its ease and versatility. You can do this outdoors on a smoker or easily modify a charcoal grill, or if the weather outside isn't cooperating, you can make these clams in the comfort of your kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 1  Cup  hickory wood chips, soaked for 30 minutes
  • 40  Manila clams
  • 3  Tablespoons  soy oil
  • shallot, minced
  • medium-sized tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2  medium-sized onion, diced
  • 1/4  bunch cilantro, chopped
  • shot tequila blanco or mezcal
  • 1  Tablespoon  unsalted butter
  • 1  Cup  clam juice
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt, to taste

Directions

To make the smoker, use a wide pot and a strainer. Add the wet hickory chips and place over medium heat. Set the strainer in the middle of the pot. Put the clams on the strainer and cover with a lid.

Meanwhile, heat the soy oil in a sauté pan over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the shallot and cook for less than 1 minute, then add the tomatoes, onion, and cilantro. Sauté for 1 minute and carefully add the tequila. Add the butter and clam juice. When the butter has melted, add the lime juice and season with salt, to taste.

The clams should be ready by now. Transfer to 4 serving dishes and pour the sauce on top of each. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
26g
37%
Sugar
11g
12%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Carbohydrate, by difference
36g
28%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
59µg
8%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
10mg
13%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
42µg
47%
Calcium, Ca
48mg
5%
Choline, total
18mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
53µg
13%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
56mg
18%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
122mg
17%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
237mg
16%
Water
47g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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