Preheat a deep fryer with oil to 360 degrees F. Alternatively, fill a deep cast-iron pot halfway with oil and heat over medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer inserted in the oil reaches 360 degrees F.
Place the flour, clams, clam juice, salt and pepper in a bowl, mix vigorously until combined. Let the mixture set up for 18 to 20 minutes.
Using a cookie scooper, drop the batter in the hot oil. Once the clam cakes have browned up a little, about 2 minutes, submerge them until golden and crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, about 6 minutes. Serve hot with tartar sauce or dunk into chowder.
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Recipe courtesy of Iggy's Doughboys, Warwick, RI