Soft Shell Clams (Steamers) with Garlic Butter
Last weekend, we went to Redondo Beach to celebrate my friend’s birthday. Redondo Beach is probably one of my favorite places to go to in the Los Angeles area, not because of the spectacular views and the nice beaches, but for the seafood. If you are a local or have visited Redondo Beach, you will know that locals and tourists alike flock there because it offers (to me) the freshest seafood in the area, with many seafood shacks selling everything from fresh oysters to steamed Dungeness crab or lobster, and more.
One of the most popular seafood shacks is Quality Seafood, which always has a beeline of patrons lining up for its seafood. I LOVE Quality Seafood—there are all sorts of shellfish waiting for me. I think by now, everybody who reads Rasa Malaysia knows my penchant for shellfish, so Redondo Beach is practically my seafood paradise.
One of the shellfish that I absolutely love but can’t get easily is soft shell clams or New England steamers. They have thin and fragile white-color shells, with siphon sticking out. Quality Seafood is the only place I know that carries this delicious clam. So I didn’t hesitate to load up a few pounds to bring home with me.
Soft shell clams are extremely briny and sweet in taste, and the flesh is very tender and juicy. All I did was steaming them with a little garlic and butter, with some white wine. I would always “drink” the delicious clam juice/broth until not a single drop left. I introduced my friends these steamers and they absolutely loved them, too. You don’t even need a proper recipe to enjoy these clams, you can just steam them and serve with some melted butter, as seen on Simply Recipes.
If you can’t find steamers where you are, you can certainly use any clams you can find in your area. There are also similar recipes that you can try: Thai steamed clams, ginger and clam soup, Taiwanese-style clams, and steamed Asari clams.
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