Sake-Steamed Clams With Soy Butter Recipe

Feb 14, 2013 4:01 pm

Give your clams something to be happy about: sake

Clams steamed in sake and loaded with a buttery sauce you'll want to soak up with crusty bread.
Clams steamed in sake and loaded with a buttery sauce you'll want to soak up with crusty bread.

Clams are pretty straightfoward to cook: apply heat and moisture and they'll open up and offer you their sweet, chewy innards. With that basic formula in mind, we're publishing this recipe from Hardie Grant Books' new Izakaya cookbook. White wine and parsley is a classic clam-steaming combination, but what would happen if you replaced the wine with sake and added a delicious, buttery soy sauce to the mix? The beer would keep flowing, according to Japanese bar tradition. 

Reprinted with permission from Izakaya: Japanese Bar Food

Servings: 4


1 pound clams
1/4 cup sake
2 teaspoons superfine sugar
1 teaspoon Japanese soy sauce
1 teaspoon ginger, finely chopped
3/4 ounce unsalted butter, chopped and chilled
1 scallion, thinly sliced
  1. Put the clams in a bowl, cover with cold water and place in the fridge for 2 hours (this helps to release any sand that may be caught in the clams). Drain the clams, rinse under running water and set aside.
  2. Combine the sake, sugar, soy sauce and ginger in a small jug. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Put the clams in a large frying pan over high heat and add the sake mixture. Cover and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, for 3 minutes, or until the clams open. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the clams to a serving bowl.
  4. Add the chilled butter to the pan juices and whisk until the butter is melted and the sauce is thickened and glossy. Pour the sauce over the clams and sprinkle the spring onion over to serve.

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Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
15 minutes plus refrigeration time
Cooking Time: 
5 minutes
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