Sake-Steamed Clams
Just six ingredients and 15 minutes out of a busy day are all that's needed to whip up this quick lunch or dinner. These sake-steamed clams are a snap to make and delicious — and the convivial effects of sake go without saying. Fresh ginger and red chile pepper add a little extra kick.
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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.
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Cataplana Clams
A cataplana is a hammered copper, hinged pot of Portuguese origin that resembles a clam shell. It is used to steam shellfish and can be used on the stovetop or in the oven. Besides being fun to cook in and a bit unusual, it also looks great hanging on a kitchen wall. I bought my cataplana in Portugal in 1986 after eating numerous versions of cataplana clams. Click here to see Getting Schooled in the Art of Mediterranean Cooking.
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Clam Chowder
Classic clam chowder, made hearty with bacon and potatoes, will warm you up on even the coldest nights throughout the winter. This recipe comes from L&E Oyster Bar in Los Angeles. Click Here to See More Chowder Recipes  
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Thai-Inspired Steamer Clams
My favorite clams are steamer clams, a delicacy of New England, and in my opinion, this is one of the best ways to prepare them — simply steamed with a delicious broth flavored with garlic, ginger, coconut milk, and cilantro. The broth is so good you'll want to sop up every last bit with a crusty piece of French bread or a bowl of steamed rice. Click here to see Sensational Summer Clam Recipes.
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Baked Clams Oreganata
This classic clam dish is fantastic as a passed hors d'oeuvre for a party. Use the freshest clams you can find; the shells should be tightly shut, and any that are open should shut when tapped on a work surface. Some people like to add chopped garlic and red pepper flakes; I like to let the flavor of oregano shine on its own, but feel free to modify to suit your taste. Click here to see Sensational Summer Clam Recipes.
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Spaghetti with Clams
This is a classic dish of spaghetti dressed with clams steamed in white wine, seasoned with garlic and red pepper flakes. Traditionally, this dish is made with small clams (about the size of an adult fingernail), served in the shell. Any variety of small clam, such as New Zealand cockles or Manila clams, will work; the latter are particularly nice because they are plump. The best method for cleaning clams is to soak them in cold, salted (sea-like) water for up to an hour so that they expel any grit. Click here to see What Fish Should You Be Eating Now for Flavor, Health, and Environment. Click here for the 10 Seafood Recipes You Can Make in Less Than 15 Minutes 
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Linguine with Clams
Here's an easy-to-make weeknight dinner: classic linguine with clams. Serve this with a side salad, some crusty Italian bread, and a glass of pinot grigio for a meal that feels like a night out but won't drain your wallet dry.
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A favorite of Drew Barrymore, it's perfect for summer entertaining.
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Head chef and Top Chef alum Ed Cotton shares with us his recipe for baked clams from Sotto 13 restaurant in New York City. 
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The animals of National Aquarium's Blacktip Reef exhibit love clams and chef Mark Miranda really does, too. He incorporated chorizo into the recipe as he is third-generation Portuguese and loves the flavor profile with the clams.  
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Clams in Black Bean Sauce
The pungent saltiness of fermented black beans adds depth of flavor and color to this crowd-pleaser. Perfect with just steamed rice and sautéed vegetables, or double the sauce and serve on top of fresh egg noodles to serve as a satisfying entrée.
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