Drunken grilled clams

Drunken grilled clams

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  • 2 dozen little neck clams
  • 3 scallions
  • cilantro

The sauce

  • 1 thai chili or red chili, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 lemon grass stalk, sliced into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1/2 lime
  • sea salt
  • pepper


  • Soak clams in water for at least 15 min and then scrub any excess dirt off of them.
  • To make the sauce for the clams, start by melting butter in a pot over medium heat. When butter is melted, add in shallots, ginger, garlic, lemon grass, chilis salt and pepper.
  • Cook for about 3-5 min or until everything is super fragrant. Add in sake and let everything cook down for another 3 or so minutes. Turn off heat and add in lime juice. Season to taste.
  • Preheat grill to 450+ and then add clams. Grill until clams open up. Transfer to a plate, reserving as much of the clam juice as possible. Add sauce to each clam and sprinkle chopped cilantro and scallions overtop. Enjoy!

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I’m Abigail, a creative director, home cook and content creator living in Brooklyn. I love making the easy stuff with a twist and yes, I eat a lot of toast. This is where I share my latest recipes, so please make yourself at home.