This dish has a flavor so exquisite that it defies this very simple preparation. Once people taste these clams, they can never get enough. We have served this appetizer at Summer Shack since the day we opened and it is still one of our very best sellers. Grilled Clams are best made with small, special count littlenecks (about 1 1/2-inches wide). It's really easy, you put the clams directly over the hot fire and as soon as the shells pop open, you must take them off the grill or they will burn right through the shells. Place them right onto a bed of rock salt to hold them steady and spoon a few drops of sauce on each clam. If you are using a Great Grate, you can just remove the grate; no rock salt is needed. For equipment you will need a grill, grill brush and a pair of long tongs. The "Great Grate" is optional, but makes the job much easier.
Recipe courtesy of Jasper White
Show: Emeril Live
Print
Grilled Clams with Garlic Butter
Yield:
4 to 6 servings as an appetizer
Level:
Intermediate
Yield:
4 to 6 servings as an appetizer
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds littleneck clams, well scrubbed (about 24)
  • 8 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, divided
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat a grill or Great Grates over medium heat.

Scrub and rinse the clams. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

To make the sauce:

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a 1-quart saucepan over low heat until it is foamy. Add the garlic and saute, stirring, until it is fragrant but does not color, about 30 seconds. Add the white wine and heavy cream, increase the heat to medium-high and reduce by half, about 8 minutes. Add the remaining butter 1 piece at a time, whisking constantly, until the sauce is shiny, emulsified, and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the chives and season with salt and pepper. Keep the sauce warm until ready to serve.

Set up the littleneck clams on the grill or Great Grates or place them directly on the grill. Cook the clams without turning them. As soon as the clams pop open, after 8 to 10 minutes, transfer them carefully with tongs to a platter (or plates) of rock salt. If you are using a Great Grate, this won't be necessary. Use the tongs to pry off the top shells. Spoon 1 teaspoon sauce over each clam and serve immediately.

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Step-by-step photos

Steak Essentials 03:26

Everything you need to know to select and grill a perfect steak.

Similar Topics:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Grilled Clams and Oysters

Recipe courtesy of Corky Pollan

Grilled Clams with Charred Zucchini and Garlic

Recipe courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli

Clams Oreganata

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Fried Clams

Recipe courtesy of The Clam Shack

Clam Bake

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Clams Casino

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Clam Chowder

Recipe courtesy of Foster's Clambakes and Catering

Clams "Linguini"

On TV

Food Quest

10am | 9c

Carnival Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Carnival Eats

11am | 10c

Carnival Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Carnival Eats

12pm | 11c

Carnival Eats

12:30pm | 11:30c

Carnival Eats

1pm | 12c

Carnival Eats

1:30pm | 12:30c

Good Eats

2pm | 1c

Good Eats

2:30pm | 1:30c

Good Eats

3pm | 2c

Good Eats

3:30pm | 2:30c

Cheap Eats

4pm | 3c

Cheap Eats

4:30pm | 3:30c

Cheap Eats

5pm | 4c

Cheap Eats

5:30pm | 4:30c

Cheap Eats

6pm | 5c

Cheap Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

MasterChef Canada

8pm | 7c

Big Bad BBQ Brawl

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Big Bad BBQ Brawl

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here