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Japanese Sake-Steamed Clams あさりの酒蒸し

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    Sake-Steamed Clams made in 10 minutes with just 5 ingredients! Sake brings out amazing flavors from the clams; simplicity at its best!

    Japanese Sake Steamed Clams in bowls.

    Today I want to share a popular recipe at Izakaya-style Japanese restaurants, and that is Sake-Steamed Clams, or Asari no Sakamushi (あさりの酒蒸し). It’s super easy and simple with just five ingredients, and you can cook it in 10 minutes!

    Japanese Sake Steamed Clams in a bowl.

    If you are familiar with Japanese cuisine, you probably know that we rarely use chili peppers as an ingredient. However this dish requires a bit of chili pepper. If you like your food to be spicy, you can definitely add more.

    Japanese Sake Steamed Clams in bowls.

    There are many other ways to make sake-steamed clams, such as adding a little bit of butter at the end. This is a wonderful appetizer for a party especially because you can start preparing it after the guests arrive.

    The Key for Delicious Sake-Steamed Clams

    Clams in a glass bowl.

    If you use fresh clams, don’t forget to de-grit (let the clams purge sand and grit) before you cook. I recommend doing this even though the package or fish mongers say “ready to use”. I often taste sand/grit in them, and you don’t want to experience that while eating your delicious clams. You can see my tutorial here.

    Japanese Sake Steamed Clams in a bowl.

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    4.37 from 19 votes
    Japanese Clams
    Japanese Clams (Sake Steamed Clams)
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
    Sake-Steamed Clams made in 10 minutes with just 5 ingredients!  Sake brings out amazing flavors from the clams; simplicity at its best!
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: japanese clam, steamed clam with wine
    Servings: 2
    Author: Namiko Chen
    • ¾ cup sake
    • 1 Tbsp ginger (julienned)
    • 1.5 lbs Manila Clams/Littleneck Clams (de-grited, see Notes)
    • 1 dried red chili pepper
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 green onion/scallion (chopped)
    1. In a large frying pan, add the sake and ginger and bring it to a boil.
      Japanese Clams 1
    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.
      Japanese Clams 2
    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.
      Japanese Clams 3
    4. Serve with the soup and eat while warm.
    Recipe Notes

    Manila Clams/Littleneck Clams: How to de-grit, click here.


    Prep Time: De-gritting time (1 to 4 hours) is NOT included in prep time.


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