Steamed Asari (Manila) Clam Recipe
September 13th, 2008 15 Comments

Steamed Asari (Manila) Clam Recipe

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Steamed Asari (Manila) Clam Recipe


1 1/2 lb. asari/manila clams
1/3 stick unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup water
1/2 cup cooking sake
1/4 cup mirin
salt to taste
Chopped scallion (the green part only)


Clean the clams thoroughly and set aside. Heat up a saucepan on medium heat and add the butter. As soon as the butter melts, transfer the clams into the pan and do a few quick stirs. Add the water, sake, and mirin into the clams and cover the pan with its lid. Turn the heat to high and bring the clams to boil. As soon as all the clams are open, add in salt to taste. Dish out into a bowl, garnish with the chopped scallion, and serve immediately.

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  1. Barbara says:

    Mmmm, sounds like a great night.

  2. Manggy says:

    It looks delicious Bee! The butter is a surprising twist.

  3. SteamyKitchen says:

    It was soooo good to see you again!!

    xoxox, j

  4. OkiHwn says:

    One of my favorite dishes!

  5. babe_kl says:

    i can imagine the broth to taste sweet naturally! brilliant indeed

  6. tigerfish says:

    Miss Izakaya terribly….:(

  7. Maya says:


    This sounds wonderful! I am a huge fan of shellfish.

  8. mycookinghut says:

    Absolutely delicious! I would do the same with the broth!!

  9. Fearless Kitchen says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. I’ve been going through a shellfish phase recently and this looks like it would fit the bill just right!

  10. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Hi all – thanks for your comments. :)

  11. [eatingclub] vancouver || js says:

    This is one of my favourite clam dishes. I would just slurp everything up, no time to talk, which kind of defeats the purpose of izakaya, doesn’t it? ;)

  12. Junebug says:

    Finally a great steamed asari clams recipe that I can try at home. At Japanese izakaya, this is an expensive dish to order and you only get a few steamed asari clams with little soup.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I love steamed asari clams! The recipe sounds really simple, now all I have to do is buy some clams and the sake and mirin and follow your recipe and I will have a home-cooked steamed asari clams. Thanks so much!

  14. diva says:

    japanese dining is relaxed and calming. almost like an art. it’s something my family adores and follows..these clams are gorgeous! wow…it’s just hit me that i really need to go out for some awesome seafood real soon.

  15. Cynthia says:

    I continue to be jealous of the seafood you have access to.

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