Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Steamer Clams With Beer And Chorizo

The recipe for this steamer clams calls for Chorizo. Chorizo is made from pork and pork fat. They are seasoned with smoked paprika, salt, and sometimes with garlic and herbs. I like the smoky flavor of chorizo in this steamer clams and they taste great!

Recipe adapted from Meals For Every Occasion by Ricardo Larrivée

Steamer Clams With Beer And Chorizo


2 Cloves Garlic, peeled and halved
3 Tbsp (45 ml) Olive Oil
1 Onion, chopped
1/4 lb (115 g) Chorizo, cut in rounds
2 Plum Tomatoes, crushed
4 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
6 oz (170 ml) Beer (1/2 bottle)
2 lb (1 kg) Steamer Clams or small clams, scrubbed
Salt and pepper


In a saucepan over medium heat, soften the garlic in the oil. Add the onion and chorizo. Brown over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and thyme. Simmer for about 2 minutes.

Add the beer and clams. Cover and bring to a boil. Stir, reduce the heat and simmer until all the clams open, about 5 minutes. Discard any unopened clams. Adjust the seasoning.


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  1. That looks really delicious. I've always wondered how you actually eat clams when they are in a meal like this. Do you use your fingers? Or a fork to get the meat out? I'm so unrefined :P

  2. Your blog is great. I love pork and shellfish together and I love chorizo with (practically) anything, so this is a winner with me.

  3. I just love what you did with the clams. Clams with beer and chorizo mmmmm yummy!!

  4. Hi Angie:

    Errr ... as I was saying ... mussels are meatier than clams and oysters in turn are meatier than mussels. And the best way to make oysters it to "omelettize" it, not eat it raw.

    So ... with that ... where do I, the lucky guy, pick up that book?


  5. I just made clams the other night with beer and jalapenos. I was thinking about throwing andouille sausage in, but I didn't. This sounds really good!

  6. I pick these clams with beer and chorizo as the post to which I will reply. Mostly because it is something I might cook and eat, but also 'cuz the photo is FAB. What a fun way to discover a new blog (for me at least) GREG

  7. nice! I love chorizo but its so heavy... piring it with the light shellfish mkae so much sense!

  8. I love clams and I usually cook it with white wine. Using beer will be something different and its worth a try.

    Please include me in your Ricardo book contest. Thanks a lot.

  9. My kids are crazy for seafood and sausages! It has become somewhat of a tradition for us to serve shellfish when we host family gatherings. This one will be perfect for Father's Day! Thanks.

  10. Clams my fave!!! Will love to try it out once but can't seem to find chorizo here in Singapore. Still thinking of an alternative. ;)

  11. i love clams, especially cook with spicy sauce... i heard that clams go very well with beer too

  12. I saw this beautiful dish on Serious Eats! I'm definitely going to try this one out soon!!

  13. What a great looking and sounding recipe. Thanks for all the inspiration I find on this blog--you are so well written and fun to read.

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  14. We're going to the Maritimes next month for a few weeks, and have been gathering together recipes - this one will be perfect!

  15. Oh good lord -- clams? chorizo? beer? I tend to save clams and mussels for restaurant fare (too lazy to clean and debeard them regularly) but this might be the catalyst for my dinner this week!

  16. This recipe looks so easy I am definetly going to try this one this summer. Can't wait. And easy too I don't even think I need to write this one down.

  17. looks really tasty and i've got all the ingredients needed to make this dish so might give it a try tonight lol

  18. Love the combination and can't wait to try this with some of our local Pacific North West clams. Would love to see the rest of the recipes in this book!

  19. Yum...I grew up in the Pacific NW, where little clams are called steamers. On the East Coast, steamers are what they call clams that are much bigger, with long necks...

  20. I made this for my fiancé in celebration of moving onto our new place, and they were amazing! I've never used chorizo with seafood before, but it was really great. Just enough heat! Thanks so much!

  21. Mmmm Clams! My love, my weakness, my obsession.....
    This recipe has warmed me up already!

  22. I made steamed clams the other night and served it with a broccoli raabe with andouille sausage. Clams and sausage are great friends!

  23. Saw the article on UK tv this morning. Did the clams a few weeks ago and loved it.


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