Clams Steamed in Sake with Soy and Pine Nuts

Clams Steamed in Sake with Soy and Pine Nuts
Staff Writer
Clams Steamed in Sake with Soy and Pine Nuts
Mark Jordan

Clams Steamed in Sake with Soy and Pine Nuts

In recent years, you may have read about umami, the mysterious fifth taste. If you're still having a hard time recognizing it, though, I'm going to take you right to the source. The Japanese were the first to identify this taste in dashi — the broth that is so central to their cuisine. It is made with kombu (a form of seaweed or kelp), dried bonito flakes, and water. I spike mine with sake, and the rest of the recipe carries home the Asian theme with tofu and tamari. The finished dish is a mix of tastes and textures that I think of as Japanese clams casino. When you eat it, remember that in Japanese, umami means "deliciousness." — Franklin Becker, Good Fat Cooking

4
Servings
201
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup dry sake
  • 1 Ounce kombu, rinsed
  • 2 Cups water
  • 2 dozen littleneck clams, washed
  • 6 Ounces firm tofu, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • ¼ Cup tamari soy sauce
  • 3½ Tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced

Directions

In a large pot, combine the sake, kombu, and water and bring to a simmer. Remove the kombu and reserve. Add the clams to the pot, cover, and simmer until the clams open. Add the tofu, soy sauce, pine nuts, and scallions to the pot. Slice the kombu into thin strips and add it back to the pot. Simmer until the tofu is heated through. Ladle the clams with their broth into shallow bowls and serve hot.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
17%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
15g
12%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
130µg
19%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
8µg
9%
Calcium, Ca
149mg
15%
Choline, total
15mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
50µg
13%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
61mg
19%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Phosphorus, P
161mg
23%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
78mg
5%
Water
124g
5%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

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