Clams Steamed in Sake with Soy and Pine Nuts

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Clams Steamed in Sake with Soy and Pine Nuts
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
241
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.

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Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
10g
15%
Sugar
0.8g
N/A
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
Cholesterol
26mg
9%
Protein
23g
46%
Carbs
10g
3%
Vitamin A
83µg
9%
Vitamin B12
10µg
100%
Vitamin C
2mg
3%
Vitamin D
0.9IU
0.2%
Vitamin E
1mg
7%
Vitamin K
24µg
30%
Calcium
351mg
35%
Fiber
2g
7%
Folate (food)
40µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
40µg
10%
Iron
4mg
21%
Magnesium
80mg
20%
Monounsaturated
2g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
8%
Phosphorus
326mg
47%
Polyunsaturated
5g
N/A
Potassium
257mg
7%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
8.2%
Sodium
1557mg
65%
Thiamin (B1)
0.1mg
8.4%
Zinc
2mg
12%

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