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Capellini with Cockle Clams and Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe

Capellini with Cockle Clams
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Remember my Italian sweet basil plant that I told you weeks ago? Thanks to my nurturing hands, it’s blooming, growing, and abundant with leaves. Sometimes, I just pluck the leaves and straight away they go into my mouth. They are a quick pick-me-up and great as a palate-cleanser especially after some spice-laden Malaysian food. But the highlight has to be my newly “invented” recipe that makes good use of them–complete with my favorite clams!–capellini with cockle clams and lemon butter sauce.

I got the inspiration when I went to a cafe with my co-workers a few weeks ago. The capellini dish that I had was topped with shrimp and spinach in butter sauce. I made a slight twist and replaced the shrimp with cockle clams, used sweet basil leaves instead of spinach, and added lemon juice for some extra zest…

This dish was bursting with the briny taste of cockle clams, the freshness of diced roma tomatoes and sweet basil leaves, all happily married in an inviting and light lemon butter sauce. It was really good and I am very happy with my new “invention.”

If you love capellini, do try out my recipe. :)

Related recipe: Angel Hair Pasta with Seafood

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  1. SteamyKitchen

    beauteeeeful!! I love clams and I almost bought some today, which your post would have been so perfect for.

  2. Saju

    oooooh! yummy. I love clams too. The last time I had them was last summer in Tuscany. I need to find some now so I can cook um.

  3. bb

    Can’t wait for the recipe for the clam pasta….I’m hungry already….hurry! But I’ll satisfy my pasta/seafood craving tomorrow with your angfelhair recipe. that looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing and love the way your photos come up. great job!

  4. tigerfish

    Wooo la la, clams with pasta is great. Coincidentally, I did a similar dish with (just) manila clams and spaghetti, but have not written anything about it yet (lazy…)
    Will be some time before I post.

  5. PrincessJournals

    As always, they look good. eh where did u get the kerang? they look fresh. im imagining kerang rebus w sambal. ;)

  6. Anh

    yummy! I love shellfish, and this is a perfect dish for cocle clam! Good to hear that your basil plants are doing great! It’s lovely to ahve some living herbs around, right? :)

  7. Rasa Malaysia

    Steamy – Thanks. Go get some clams and make this dish to impress the press in Tampa Bay. ;)

    Saju – wow, I can’t imagine not having clams for such a long time…I love clams and have it very often.

    BB – thanks. How was the angel hair pasta? I hope you like it. :)

    Tiga – LOL…lazy bug…yeah clams and pasta, you can do no wrong with them. :)

    Claude – I actually like sweet basil leaves now…they are so elegant. Malaysians we don’t use Thai basil in our cooking.

    Princess – this is not our kerang even though it’s called cockle clams…they are like manila clams actually. I got them from 99 Ranch. Our kerang you can get them from Little Saigon, but only seasonal I think.

    Anh – yes, I love my basil plant…very handy.

    Jackson – it’s just about the camera you use, really, no secret. You’re doing a fantastic job with your point-and-shoot.

    Meiyen – this is not our see hum…it’s cockle clams, which is another kind of clams, not our bloody kerang. LOL. Yes…yummy it was.

    Lory – Merci.

    Joey – exactly, shellfish and seafood are most welcome on my plates, anytime!

    Aria – thanks thanks. :)

    Poonam – thanks for your comment. I don’t eat a lot of meat so you can just take out the seafood in my dishes and you have a vegetarian dish. :)

    Nate 2.0 – hmmm, canned clams…I am not too sure…you guys are in San Jose right…just go get some fresh ones. ;)

  8. teckiee

    hmm just remembered all your nice seafood post.. and i was suppose to make something clam one hor.. hmm thanks for the reminder

  9. Rasa Malaysia

    Christine – thanks for the nomination. You’re too sweet. :)

    Andaliman – thanks.

    SC – I don’t know yet…Kenny Mah and I are still working on it. It’s not confirmed yet…so don’t count on it anytime soon. ;)

    Teckiee – cool…looking forward to see your post.

  10. Oh for the love of food!

    Hi RM! your cockle clam capellini looks so inviting! I can almost smell the tantalising aroma! ;o)

  11. WokandSpoon

    Mmmmmm lovely! I haven’t had clams for ages! Can’t get them nice and fresh in Frankfurt unfortunately.

  12. Anonymous

    No comment….Just a QUESTION.

    My hubby dug me some clams this morning and I hate sand when eating them. I was told to put them in salt water with cornmeal and they would clean themselves. I have tried that and they still “crunchy”. How do you get the sand out of them before cooking. I like to steam in butter, garlic and white wine.
    Please respond with suggestions to ty :)

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