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Grilled Clams (Little Neck Clams) はまぐりの醤油焼き

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    Grilled Clams on salt.

    My 6 year old son just finished kindergarten last week and our summer has officially began. American schools have a looong summer break. It varies depending on school districts and which state you live in, but in my son’s case, he’ll have about 10 weeks off! Oh I wish I have 10 weeks of vacation (…daydreaming…).


    When I was growing up in Japan, my summer break was just 5-6 weeks, and I thought that was long. I’m a bit worried about how to keep up with this active boy while my daughter still goes to preschool every morning during the summer.

    Grilled Little Neck Clams on a salt.

    Today I’m sharing a clam recipe. Yes, finally. Thank you for waiting, to those who requested for other clam recipes after my Japanese Clam (Sake Steamed Clams) post back in November. We eat clams once in a while but they didn’t make it to a post. Today’s recipe comes in very handy if you want to serve some quick seafood as an appetizer or on the side. The recipe is very simple and can be prepared in minutes.

    In my household, my husband does all the barbecue so he’s the chef today cooking my recipe, the barbeque clams. One of reasons I enjoy summer is because it’s barbecue season, and that means I do a bit more of the eating and less cooking on weekends! Stay tuned for more delicious Japanese BBQ recipes coming up this month!

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    Grilled Little Neck Clams
    Grilled Clams (Little Neck Clams)
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    3 hrs 10 mins
    Quick seafood as an appetizer or on the side. Soy sauce, Japanese sake, mirin and butter are my secret touch to this Clams! 
    Course: Appetizer, Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: grilled clam, quick
    Servings: 1
    Author: Namiko Chen
    • 2 giant little neck clams
    • ½ green onion/scallion (chopped)
    • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter (cut into small cubes)
    • Sea Salt (for mounting)
    1. Scrub the clams thoroughly with a brush in running water.
      Grilled Little Neck Clams 1
    2. At least about 2-4 hours before grilling, de-grit clams to purge the sand (Read How To De-Grit Clams).
    3. Start the grill. Meanwhile prepare the rest of ingredients. Chop green onions, cut butter into small cubes, and combine the seasonings in a small bowl.
      Grilled Little Neck Clams Ingredients
    4. When grill is hot, place the clams on it. When the clams are fully opened, after about 5 minutes, pour the Seasonings and put green onion and butter on the clams and cook until boiling. Carefully remove them from the grill. Try not to spill their juices.
      Grilled Little Neck Clams 5
    5. Serve on top of salt. Enjoy!
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