Easy Japanese Recipes

Japanese Clams (Sake Steamed Clams) あさりの酒蒸し

Japanese Clams (Sake Steamed Clams) Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com 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.

I have a good news to share today.  If you are a food blogger you might already have heard of the Fairy Hobmother.  The Fairy Hobmother is from Appliance Online, an online store that sells cool Chimney Cooker Hoods and other appliances.  She brings joy and happiness to the world’s bloggers by providing treats for great, hard work in the blogosphere.  And guess what, the Fairy Hobmother stumbled across my comment on Sandra‘s Sweet Sensation‘s post and she decided to give me a $100 Amazon Gift Card!  I nearly got a heart attack when I saw the email from her!

The Fairy Hobmother told me that if you (bloggers) leave a comment on this post and make a wish for her to visit your blog, she might read your comments and surprise you with treats, just like what she did for me!  So if you are a blogger, make sure to leave a comment because you never know what surprises are waiting for you.

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!

Japanese Clams II

Japanese Clams (Sake Steamed Clams)
 
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Serves: Serves 2-3
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan, add the sake and ginger and bring it to a boil.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve with the soup and eat while warm.

Enjoy!

Japanese Clams III

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  • Raymund November 14, 2011, 12:43 am

    This is the best flavoured seafood of all time, I love its strong taste. Nice and simple recipe. And yes I want a visit from Fairly Hobmother!

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  • Baker Street November 14, 2011, 12:44 am

    Such gorgeous clicks Nami! Love the second one. Ginger and sake! Wow! I’m sure these tasted perfect!

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  • Mr. Three-Cookies November 14, 2011, 12:57 am

    Congratulations on receiving a present from Fairy Hobmother, well deserved. So fairies do exist in reality.

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  • Amy Tong November 14, 2011, 1:04 am

    I love this dish as I made it quite often at home too. :) You’re so cute with your reaction on the Fairy Hopmother’s visit. I don’t mind that kind of heart attack, obviously! hahaha….take care and have a good day. BTW, have fun shopping on Amazon. hm…I can really use an Amazon gift card myself too.

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  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen November 14, 2011, 1:04 am

    Nami, you know I really love clams, and this is a great recipe, so different from mine but so appealing! I wanna try it (well, not right now, uh… 10AM :D)

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  • kat November 14, 2011, 1:04 am

    that is so nice of the fairy hobmother!

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  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 14, 2011, 1:10 am

    Congratulations Nami on your voucher and it sounds like you had a fun weekend too! A delicious sounding dish too :D

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  • Fern @ To Food with Love November 14, 2011, 1:10 am

    I seldom cook clams, but these look so simple and delicious! I really should shop for clams one of these days. Happy to hear that you got an early xmas pressie from the Fairy Hobmother! I promise to be good and hopefully she’ll pay me a visit too! :)

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  • Amelia November 14, 2011, 1:16 am

    Looks very delicious and mouth watering, my favorite too but I prefer to cook in spicy version. Have a nice day.

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  • Vivienne November 14, 2011, 3:12 am

    been a while since i cooked clams! i love de-gritting them…haha fun! ;)
    one of my fav soups ever is a simple clam soup with lots of ginger…your steamed clams dish reminds me of it!

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  • Sandra November 14, 2011, 3:18 am

    So happy the Fairy Hobmother paid you a visit and Happy Shopping! The ginger and sake are a good combo and I’m looking forward to the restaurant reviews.

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  • [email protected] November 14, 2011, 3:21 am

    Congrats on receiving a pressie from the fairy hobmother!! i certainly hope that she’ll pay me a visit to!! :) have an awesome week ahead!

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  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book November 14, 2011, 3:23 am

    What an awesome gift you received Nami – congratulations!
    I love the idea of Japanese steamed clams – I have never eaten clams like this before – sounds heavenly!
    :-) Mandy

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  • Nicole @ Bake Me Blush November 14, 2011, 4:12 am

    It sounds like your weekend was fantastic! I had a pretty good one, too. I’ve never actually tried clams before, but the next time I get the chance, I’m going to go for it, and yours look especially good… Congratulations on your gift!

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  • Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan November 14, 2011, 4:29 am

    I always love the tasty stock from cooking a seafood recipe like this especially when it is cooked with sake!

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  • mycookinghut November 14, 2011, 4:34 am

    Congrats on the fairy hobmother visit!! I am sure you are excited as I did!

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  • Manu November 14, 2011, 4:36 am

    That sounds like a fun weekend!!! :-)))
    Ohhh the Fairy Hobmother!!! I’ve always wanted to “see” a fairy!!! ;-) Lucky girl! I am very happy for you!
    I love clams… and almost never find them here… this recipe is not that different to the Italian way of cooking clams/vongole… we use white wine instead of sake and garlic and parsley instead of ginger and green onion… but the method is the same! YUM!

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  • Vicki Bensinger November 14, 2011, 4:59 am

    Great information Nami, as always. I loved the details on cleaning the clams. Cooking the clams are easy. The laborious part is cleaning them properly.

    Thank you for sharing and congrats for winning a $100 gift card from The Fairy Hobmother for use at Amazon. I hope she has the time to stop by my blog to pay me a visit. Spend it wisely! Happy Monday!

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  • Shannon | JustAsDelish November 14, 2011, 5:28 am

    This is so quick & simple – my kind of recipe! Out of curiosity, Why have to shake the pan so the clams don’t overlap each other in step 4?
    Oh Fairy Hobmother, please come and sprinkle your fairy dust on me :P

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    • Nami November 16, 2011, 1:23 am

      Hi Shannon, I shake pan so that clams don’t overlap each other…if they are overlapping, it’s possible that clams haven’t open up yet. So you shake and make sure clams are all open. :-)

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  • Lori Lynn November 14, 2011, 5:41 am

    Congrats on the win!
    The clams look simply perfect.
    LL

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  • Adora's Box November 14, 2011, 5:49 am

    My absolute favourite shellfish! I like it best in soup. It is quite rare and expensive here so we really had fun eating lots of them in Vegas. You are so lucky, Nami. I want to make these photos my screensaver.

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  • Sissi November 14, 2011, 5:55 am

    Nami, it must be the “clams in sake” season for all the Japanese cooks! I saw this dish only a couple of days ago at Hiroyuki’s blog and thought I had to try it. Now, seeing your lovely photos and a similar recipe I have decided my next mussels or clams if I find them will be cooked in sake. The chili pepper addition sounds like an excellent idea. In short, your clams look perfect!
    Congratulations for the Fairy Hobmother visit and the gift you have received! I hope you will have fun shopping on Amazon! I would of course be more than happy to have a visit from the Fairy Hobmother on my blog :-)

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  • Quay Po Cooks November 14, 2011, 6:09 am

    Congratulations on receiving a present from Fairy Hobmother, well deserved. I have made clam soup before but the western style using white wine:D Got to try using sake the next time.

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  • Ann@Anncoo Journal November 14, 2011, 6:30 am

    My family loves clams and I just steamed clams last week with fresh chilli and garlic. Must try your version soon as it looks so delicious.
    Congrats for the gift you received from Fairy Hobmother. You’re so lucky!

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  • Cindy @ Week Nite Meals November 14, 2011, 7:07 am

    Nami, I can not believe how easy steamed clams is!!!!! For some reason I am always a bit frightened when it comes to clams and squids, felt like they would be difficult to cook, plus it’s not easy to get my hands on fresh clams, do you think frozen ones would work as well?

    Congrats on the gift from Fairy Hobmother, how fun is it to receive an unexpected gift?! What do you plan on buying from Amazon.com? There are just too many choices! Happy shopping!

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    • Nami November 16, 2011, 11:07 am

      I have never cooked frozen clams before, but as long as they are fresh (not cooked) it should work I think… Let me know if you try. I’m curious myself. :-) I’ve been asked from some readers here about what to buy… I think I’ll save up for a new camera or lens… :-)

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  • Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) November 14, 2011, 9:35 am

    I think I enjoy clams prepared virtually any way but I enjoy them most in simple dishes like this one.

    I love going to Monterey/Carmel, rain or shine. Glad you and the fam were able to enjoy a nice getaway. I’m curious to know which restaurant in Pacific Grove you’ll be reviewing–I have a favorite there. Guess I’ll have to wait for the review! :)

    Have a great week, Nami!

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  • Belinda @zomppa November 14, 2011, 10:04 am

    These are beautiful – so fresh and light!

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  • Cooking Gallery November 14, 2011, 10:05 am

    Wow, you’re so lucky…:)!! I also want a visit from the Fairy Hobmother, so do come and visit my blog and give me a voucher Fairy Hobmother…;)!

    This is another simple yet elegant dish from you, Nami. I don’t eat clams very often, but when I do I usually eat pipi with XO sauce, which I think is a popular Cantonese dish. I will definitely try this recipe when I have some clams available. Love the sound of clams with sake!

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  • Biren @ Roti n Rice November 14, 2011, 10:10 am

    So simple, yet so tasty! Congrats on the visit by the Fairy Hobmother. Enjoy your giftcard! :)

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  • Reem | Simply Reem November 14, 2011, 11:46 am

    Congratulation on your gift from Fairy Hob mother!!!!
    These clams look so good….
    Nami the pictures are awesome, I simply love the color coordination, beautiful…
    Enjoy your gift card and have a blast…..

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  • Martyna@WholesomeCook November 14, 2011, 12:23 pm

    These clams look delectable Nami! Love the Japanese rendition of the recipe and will be sure to try it one day soon. PS Glad to hear you had a lovely weekend with the family, and of course that you have some spending money thanks to the Fairy Hobmother! I know what I’d be getting… Enjoy!

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  • Cucina49 November 14, 2011, 1:18 pm

    These look wonderful–steamed clam dishes can look so bland, but I love the touches of green and yellow in yours!

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  • Caroline November 14, 2011, 2:18 pm

    Congrats on the visit from the fairy! I got a visit the other month–so exciting. I bought my new cutting board with the Amazon card…I can’t wait to use it. These clams look lovely, Nami. Gorgeous photos, as always! x

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  • Nic@diningwithastud November 14, 2011, 2:56 pm

    I have never heard of the Fairy Hobmother before haha thats great! Congratualtions :) well deserved!

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  • Juju November 14, 2011, 3:28 pm

    This recipe looks delicious, Nami! You must of had an amazing time with your family =]
    I have never heard of the Fairy Hobmother, but will be so thankful if she comes by my blog and leaves me a special treat! =] This is why I love blogging… xoxo

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  • ちびか〜ちゃん November 14, 2011, 4:22 pm

    こんばんわ!
    とっても美味しそうです。
    アリゾナでもクラムは以外と新鮮な物を買う事が出来るので作ってみたいです

    サンタクルーズ、、主人の祖父母が住んでいた所で
    何度か遊びに行きました。
    雨に降られたのは残念ですが、とっても素敵な場所ですよね

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  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. November 14, 2011, 5:08 pm

    Wow, you got quite a gift from the Fairy Hobmother! Lucky girl! Now, onto these clams, they look fabulous!

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  • Sonia November 14, 2011, 5:08 pm

    This dish is looking lovely Nami…. ! I loved the way you presented and made it and am sure it tasted heavenly…regards, sonia

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  • Mel November 14, 2011, 5:34 pm

    Clams is one of my favourite seafood; whether in hot & spicy stir fry or steamed! I know for sure, the way you cooked it, it sure does taste absolutely delicious!

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  • Christy November 14, 2011, 5:47 pm

    Steamed clams are a staple favorite in my family, and my hubby is a big fan of it! Over here, we get the steamed clams with Chinese white wine, but I am intrigued by your sake version!:)
    I am pretty sure it is just as enticing; if not better, and as usual, your photos just take my breath away!
    Oh, congratulations on the win; you are such a lovely person, it is no wonder that the Fairy Hobmother takes a liking in you too :D

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  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day November 14, 2011, 6:00 pm

    Beautiful post, Nami! Your visit from the Fairy Hobmother was so well-deserved, you are wonderful! Have a great evening!

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  • Lindsey@Lindselicious November 14, 2011, 6:37 pm

    OMG that is awesome that the Fairy Hobmother visited you! I want her to visit me too. Nami these clams look awesome! Steamed clams are my total weakness, I love them in all different preparations. This looks so oiishi!

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  • sophia November 14, 2011, 7:02 pm

    Ooooh!!! This sounds lovely, and so so easy!! I’m glad you don’t actually need a steamer for this dish.

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  • daksha November 14, 2011, 7:08 pm

    I never seen before this type of dish but looks lovely Nami. very interesting.

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  • Ann November 14, 2011, 8:32 pm

    First off – the clams are stunning! Secondly – congratulations on the visit from the Fairy Hobmother! I keep seeing her around the bloggy world…it’s time to visit Cooking Healthy For Me!

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  • Hyosun Ro November 14, 2011, 8:50 pm

    Glad to hear you had a great weekend with your family! The clams look so beautifully delicious. Congrats on the visit from the Fairy Hobmother! Very well deserved.

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  • Tina (PinayInTexas) November 14, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Wow…congrats on the Fairy Hobmother visit, Nami!!! I got lucky to be visited by her months ago but not lucky enough to get as much as you did! I guess I deserve another visit hah! LOL.
    Your Sake Steamed Clams sounds yummy. I love clams but I haven’t cooked them with sake. Would love to try this soon!

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  • Terris-Free Eats Food November 14, 2011, 9:38 pm

    Gorgeous clam dish! You always make everything look so easy Nami. My kids love seafood, so I may give this a try. We just went to Monterey about a month ago and visited the aquarium too. Looking forward to hearing about where you dined!

    Oh, and I make a wish upon a star…..that the Fairy Hobmother will visit me before I wake. :)

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  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 14, 2011, 10:23 pm

    I need to try clams – it’s been a while since I had my last taste.

    I’ve gotten an email from Fairy Hobmother before, but thought it was just a SPAM :D

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  • Jeff November 14, 2011, 10:51 pm

    I think this is the first recipe I have ever seen with julienned ginger… was there a reason behind this? I love the simple flavours that are locked in this recipe. Great work Nami!

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    • Nami November 16, 2011, 4:13 pm

      Hi Jeff! Really? We julienne ginger a lot for our cooking – either julienned or grated or sliced. The reason behind julienned ginger. Hmm… actually I’m not sure. Depending on the dish I change how ginger is cut. Julienned works for stir fry kind of dish so that julienned ginger is scattered around, while grated ginger for soup or sauce and sliced ginger is for stew/soup…. but tha’s how I do it though. :-)

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  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover November 14, 2011, 11:44 pm

    Whenever i see fresh claims in the wet market, i’m sure grap some. My Chinese way is almost the same ingredients, but we use Chinese cooking wine or Tiew Heng wine. Normally we steam it over boiling water..Love your Japanese way too, as I don’t need to prepare the steaming tray ^^, just cook straight from the frying pan, i must try this way soon. Thanks Nami!

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  • Rosa November 15, 2011, 1:14 am

    It is so great that you also got a visit from the fairy hobmother!

    That dish looks really refined and delicious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  • Helene Dsouza November 15, 2011, 1:14 am

    Hobmother? O.o honestly never heard about. congrats to your price! even if I win I wouldnt be able to use a amazon gift card. lol

    anyways…. Your clams look awesome, but unluckily I am not into clams and mussels and all other shells. simply not my thing. But I do like the way u cook them in sake, am a total sake fan ( Iam not an alkoholic), but again thats difficult if not impossibel to get here.

    My husband though, would enjoy this dish. I d serve ti maybe with some rice. any other idea with what I could serve them?

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  • Katherine Martinelli November 15, 2011, 1:19 am

    These clams are gorgeous!! I love clams but they’re not common in Israel (partially because they are not kosher). So for now I will just have to drool over yours! I’d of course love a visit from the fairy hobmother!

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  • Liz November 15, 2011, 3:30 am

    Another stunning dish, Nami! And totally DELISH! It must be like eating at a restaurant dining at your house… And congrats on a visit from the Fairy Hobmother…her prize package has increased since her visit to my blog…LUCKY you!!!! Have a wonderful day, my friend. xoxo

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  • Shawn November 15, 2011, 5:13 am

    I love clams and I love sake…This should be great! Congrats on your gift certificate win :) I’d love a visit from the Fairy Hobmother! Maybe I’d buy a Staub Round Cocotte.

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  • FreeSpiritEater November 15, 2011, 6:20 am

    These clams are absolutely stunning! I LOVE your photos, everything looks so bright and delicious, wow! Thanks for sharing Nami, you did an incredible job =]

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  • elisabeth@foodandthrift November 15, 2011, 6:57 am

    Hi Nami-I love the steamed clams with the Sake…a genius idea! I always make it Italian style, with the white wine, garlic, and dried chili peppers, sprinkle with Italian parsley.
    Love the Japanese version of one of the yummy clams. Can’t wait to see your restaurant review. It’s so nice that you and family got to take some time off for the weekend.
    It was such a pleasure to meet up with you, in SF. Loved every minute of our time together!
    Congratulations on the fab. winning from the fairy hobmother! Such a generous gift to chose from Amazon. I wish she could come my way…she really gets around:DDD
    Hugs,

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    • Nami November 16, 2011, 5:47 pm

      Elisabeth, yes it was really nice to meet you! I feel very honored that I could meet you in person! I wish I could stay longer!

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  • Eri November 15, 2011, 7:39 am

    Hello Nami, I’m glad you had a nice time with your family this weekend.
    Your clams looks amazing, I love them! I can eat a large pot of clams and then lay down feverish :)
    Congratulations on your gift from the Fairy hobmother!
    Have a great day!

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  • chinmayie @ love food eat November 15, 2011, 9:23 am

    How wonderful! I too had the Fairy Hobmother visit last week :) Congrats…

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  • Divya November 15, 2011, 9:38 am

    Lucky you – getting a gift from the fairy! I want a visit too!!

    Also, these clams look delicious. Can I tell you something? I’ve never tried clams in my life! The closest I got to shelled seafood was mussels. I’m not so adventurous when it comes to seafood, but your recipe looks very tempting..

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  • Mika November 15, 2011, 12:10 pm

    Wow, it looks like Santa visited you a bit earlier this year ; )
    I hope you guys are doing good there. We miss you…

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  • Sandra's Easy Cooking November 15, 2011, 12:20 pm

    As you know I am not big fan of clams, but my husband and oldest son are very much into them:)) Lovely recipe and amazing presentation!!! Congrats on the Fairy visit!!! Aren’t they incredible?

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  • Asmita November 15, 2011, 12:42 pm

    What an easy and simple recipe! I love that and I ‘m sure it tastes fab.
    My mother would often steam the clams for us to eat. We used to get a big bowl and just chomp away.

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  • Victor @ Random Cuisine November 15, 2011, 12:49 pm

    My Taiwanese friend made something very similar with squid. I quite enjoy drinking this soup. Clam or oyster, I should try it out.

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  • Delishhh November 15, 2011, 1:46 pm

    So exciting that you got a “special” visit. And this recipe looks so simple and delicious.

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  • tigerfish November 15, 2011, 3:17 pm

    I want those sake steamed clams NOW! Make my wish come true. Of course, I wish that Fairy Hobmother visit me too! But I need to eat and have the strength to wait.

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  • Juliana November 15, 2011, 3:42 pm

    Oh! These clams look great…I never had it with sake…so easy and simple to make! The pictures are awesome as always.
    And yes, I would love a visit from the fairy Hobmother…
    Hope you are having wonderful week Nami and congratulations on the gift card :-)

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  • mustardseed November 15, 2011, 4:24 pm

    This reminds me of a very cute and funny book I read today to my students called Singing Shijimi Clams by Naomi Kojima. It is hilarious because the pictures are reminding me of the story where the clams are sleeping comfortably and snoring away until they realize they are going to be cooked in miso soup but then with their cute singing the witch has a change of heart who decides to return them to their home! Back to your recipe … it is looking so deliciously although I have never eaten clams before. Oh and I would love a visit from the fairy!!

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  • Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious November 15, 2011, 4:43 pm

    I love clams but it’s hard to get good ones here in Iowa. Thanks for sharing :) And I would *love* a visit from the fairy Hobmother :)

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  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice November 15, 2011, 5:32 pm

    Good to know you had a fun time with the family. Those clams look delicious & I see you used chili pepper to ‘spice’ up the clams:)

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  • Carolyn Jung November 15, 2011, 5:33 pm

    Mmm, I bet this would be fabulous with a handful of udon noodles thrown in to go with all that lovely sake sauce. ;)

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  • sheri November 15, 2011, 6:21 pm

    Oh gosh I LOVE sake steamed clams!! I could eat the entire pot of them. Not kidding :)

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  • mjskit November 15, 2011, 7:32 pm

    The hubby and I are both huge fans of steamed clams. I’ve never made them, but since you make it look so easy, I’m wondering why I’ve never made them. Well, this looks like a great recipe to start with! Ginger and sake – YUM! Congratulations on the gift from the Fairy Hobmother!! I hope she drops by my blog someday. :) I wonder what you’ll being buying at Amazon. :)

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  • Kim Bee November 15, 2011, 8:23 pm

    Geez who is this fairy hobmother you speak of? Apparently I need to get my head out of the oven more often. Congrats on the gift card. That’s fabulous! I grew up eating quite alot of seafood. Now we never eat it as mini-me is deathly allergic to it. But I get seriously nostalgic for it when I see it. My father was from the east coast so it was a staple growing up. Hope you are having a lovely week Nami!

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  • Denise November 15, 2011, 8:53 pm

    I am glad your family got to go hang out in Monterey..such a lovely place. The aquarium is awesome!!

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  • Jeannie November 15, 2011, 9:46 pm

    I love seafood of all kinds, these clams sounds so delicious and healthy too! Congrats on your winning, Nami:D

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  • Sawsan@chef in disguise November 16, 2011, 12:46 am

    Congratulations on the gift card Nami!
    I know I would be jumping up and down like a kid if the fairy hobmother would visit my blog!
    Another master piece and yummy recipe
    hats off to you Nami

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  • Charles November 16, 2011, 2:49 am

    Beautiful post Nami – I don’t think clams are so common where I am – although maybe I’m just not looking in the right place. There’s a restaurant nearby which serves a few of them as part of a seafood platter, but not in such abundance as your post. I often use the de-gritting method on mussels as well – nothing is more annoying than crunching down on a big piece of sand or grit!

    Congratulations on your visit from the Fairy Hobmother (lol, I just love that name!) – Oh Fairy Hobmother, I would so love for you to visit me too. I would wish for magical clam-locating powers (sort of like ClamGPS!) in this barren, butter-rich country of anti-clamdom!

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  • Suzi November 16, 2011, 8:30 am

    Wow these do look delicious. If I were goingto eat clams I would want them this way. Is the broth edible looks like you could dip bread inthere.
    Yes Fairy Hobmother, please come visit me.

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  • Sharon - ChineseSoupPot.com November 16, 2011, 9:12 am

    Congratulations for being selected by the Fairy Hobmother! So happy for you. I like how this clams recipe is so simple and quick. The Chinese have a similar version as well, adding fermented black beans. The Japanese and Chinese do cook very similar in some ways. Have a nice day!

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  • Sharon - ChineseSoupPot.com November 16, 2011, 9:22 am

    Congratulations for being selected by the Fairy Hobmother! What a nice surprise visit! I like how this clams recipe is so simple and quick. The Chinese have a similar version as well, adding fermented black beans. The Japanese and Chinese do cook very similar in some ways. Have a nice day!

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  • torviewtoronto November 16, 2011, 12:36 pm

    delicious looking clams looks wonderful

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  • Elies_Lie November 16, 2011, 10:21 pm

    Nami!!
    This is a simple and delish dish indeed!
    I been thinking to make a dish like dish and here u are… tq fr sharing nami, will get the clam fr the nearest supermarket when I got back fr church :)
    Love This!;)

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  • Smoky Wok (Jen) November 16, 2011, 11:37 pm

    Hi Nami! That looks SO delicious!! oishi! :P Wow, that’s such a pleasant surprise too hahah…Congrats girl!

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  • Smoky Wok (Jen) November 16, 2011, 11:39 pm

    Oh forgot to say, yes I wish the Fairy Hobmother will visit my blog too hahah :D

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  • Lyn November 17, 2011, 9:11 am

    Congrats on the fairy’s visit and the gift card! You’re so lucky, Nami! :D
    I love my clams just this way, especially when I managed to get very fresh ones. ;)
    Haven’t try with the sake tho and I will the next time! ;)

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  • Lyndsey@TheTinySkillet November 17, 2011, 1:52 pm

    So nice that you got a visit from the Fairy Hobmother!

    These clams look so wonderful…I am so hungry now!

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  • Joanna @ Chic&Gorgeous Treats November 17, 2011, 3:40 pm

    Hi Nami! Thanks for buzzing me over at my blog. I really miss our meet up. Can you believe it it’s now 1 week later that I’ve been back in my own country? You are so kind with your compliments and I really appreciate them to bits. Do you know I always enjoy your photos? They look like the front page of a magazine cover. So much better than what I can do am sure. Now to the clams.. this is such a classic way of cooking clams. A real comforting dish and the broth is especially fragrance and naturally sweet from all the sake and ginger. Yummmm… Hugggsss, Jo

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  • Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} November 19, 2011, 7:04 pm

    Hi Nami,
    glad to hear you had a wonderful 3 day weekend!
    I don’t think I ever though clams, or even oysters or mussels, can look pretty but you put them in these stunning photos making hard for anyone to resist the temptation of instant drooling!

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  • Tiffany November 20, 2011, 9:36 am

    These sake steamed clams look AMAZING! I am dreaming up linguini and clam sauce with these :D

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  • PolaM November 20, 2011, 8:09 pm

    Those clams look amazing!

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  • Shu Han November 21, 2011, 3:06 pm

    my mum does a similar version, with shaoxing wine! (: yum!

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  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) December 1, 2011, 3:13 pm

    Mmmmmm, I love steamed clams! :D

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  • Lucas December 4, 2011, 10:19 pm

    Working with clams scares me, much like mussels. I just never know if I’m doing the right thing!

    And yes, I’d like a visit from the Fairy Hobmother please oh please.

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  • Purabi Naha December 14, 2011, 1:58 am

    mmmm….yummy clams with sake! Clams always taste good with minimal spices. They have a taste of their own. Yummy recipe!

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  • Devie September 20, 2013, 8:21 pm

    Hi Nami.. I tried to cook clam for the first time (by looking at your recipe as well as how to de grit and de salt the clams).. You’re awesome!!!!!! This recipe is sooooooo delicious.. I used fruity white wine instead of sake (as i dont have one) and add more chillies to the recipe.. Thanks for sharing the recipe Nami! :)

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    • Nami September 20, 2013, 8:24 pm

      Hi Devie! Yay! I’m so glad you liked it. If you enjoy eating clams, try Clam Pasta! That’s our quick and easy week night meal (of course we still need to degrit though…). Thank you so much for trying the recipe. So happy you liked it! p.s. If you used white wine, you can drop 1 tbsp. butter at the end, which adds extra flavor… really delicious! :)

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