I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Our kids had last Friday off from school due to Veteran’s Day so my husband took the day off from work and we went to Monterey for the weekend. It started off with pretty heavy rain but we had a great time in the aquarium and we also dined at 2 restaurants in Santa Cruz and Pacific Grove. My husband will be writing the Restaurant Reviews soon on our dining experience.
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Today I want to share a very easy Japanese appetizer that is popular in Japan and Japanese tapas-style restaurants in the US. If you are familiar with Japanese cuisine, you probably know that we don’t typically use chili peppers as an ingredient in our traditional cooking. However this dish does require a bit of chili pepper and you are free to adjust the amount based on your preference, but please remember that Japanese foods use spices and condiments to enhance the natural flavor, not to overpower them. There are many other ways to make Sake Steamed Clams such as adding butter, but I tried to keep this recipe as traditional as possible.
This is a wonderful appetizer for a party especially because you can start preparing it after the guests arrive. Just make sure to de-grit the clams beforehand (or buy de-gritted ones). Enjoy sake steamed clams in the summer with cold sake or cocktail! Have a great week ahead!
- ¾ cup sake
- 1 Tbsp. julienned ginger
- 1.5 lbs de-grited Manila Clams/Littleneck Clams (See How To De-Grit Clams)
- 1 red chili pepper
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 chopped green onion
- In a large frying pan, add the sake and ginger and bring it to a boil.
- Add the clams and a red chili pepper. Place the lid and steam on high heat for a few minutes until all the clams open.
- Remove the lid and add freshly ground black pepper and green onion. Shake the pan to make sure the clams are not over-lapping each other.
- Serve with the soup and eat while warm.