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Sake-Steamed Clams

   

Sake-Steamed Clams

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This is a delightfully simple and fast recipe for Japanese-style steamed clams in sake (Japanese rice wine) and kombu (kelp) stock. The clams will usually open within 3 minutes of steaming, and overcooking them will result in shrunken clams with a rubbery texture. Because of the ease and speed of which the clams cooked, I love to stock up on frozen, vacuum packs of asari clams in my freezer so that I can whip up a quick and gourmet meal anytime. The clams broth is full of umami deliciousness and I will not waste a drop of it. This recipe has very minimum ingredients (just kombu, sake and water), yet full of flavours. I enjoyed this dish with some steamed rice and warmed sake – totally indulgent!

Sake-Steamed Clams

                                           

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14 Responses to “Sake-Steamed Clams”

  1. Ann@Anncoo Journal — March 27, 2012 @ 12:06 am

    This looks so delicious and easy to prepare. Yummy!

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  2. muffin — March 27, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    Hi, the sake you used, is it cooking sake?
    If not, maybe I know where can buy the sake?
    Thanks =)

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    • wiffy replied: — March 27th, 2012 @ 9:34 am

      hi, you can use both cooking or drinking sake. I got the drinking sake from dfs, but you can easily find at supermarkets too. In fact I think they sell those $10 mini bottle at ntuc & cs.

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  3. Nasi Lemak Lover — March 27, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    I can imagine how good your dish is, the broth must be very sweet!

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  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes — March 27, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    I could almost taste the freshness from the photos! Yummy!

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  5. masterofboots — March 27, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    They sell frozen clams with shells? I shall check it out!

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    • wiffy replied: — March 27th, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

      yes, with shells!

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  6. daphne — March 27, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    What a simple dish- I could just imagine sake with seafood! good pairing for sure.

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  7. Little Corner of Mine — March 27, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

    Yum! I need to eat more clams since I heard that clams is actually pretty healthy food.

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  8. Juliana — March 28, 2012 @ 2:29 am

    Oh! This clams look so good…like the idea of sake…so simple and yet so tasty.
    Beautiful pictures as always :)
    Hope you are having a fabulous week!

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  9. tigerfish — March 28, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    I am definitely a clam lover (compared to mussels). Since I don’t have much Japanese seasonings, I usually steam them Chinese style.

    I have not tried frozen clams before…I am always afraid they will not be fresh. But frozen clams is definitely a good idea to stock up and store then use when needed. The reason I don’t cook clams often as much as I like them is I have to get them fresh and I don’t go to the Asian supermarket that often to get the fresh ones.

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    • wiffy replied: — March 28th, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

      love Chinese style too! I also thought that frozen clams won’t be good, but the ones I bought are fresh, and as a bonus, bigger than lala clams. The frozen ones I see at Giant don’t look very good so I never tried. I think it’s worth finding a good brand in your area so that can stock up in future :) and I think they need to be vacuum packed, else the clams will lose a lot of moisture if just frozen without vacuum.

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  10. Platanos, Mangoes and Me! — March 29, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    Just want you to know that I made these last night…Excellent.

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    • fiona replied: — April 26th, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

      where did you buy the clams?

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