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Sake-Steamed Clams

Sake-Steamed Clams

Sake-Steamed Clams Recipe (Asari no Sakamushi)

Step 2 of simmering the kombu will give additional umami (flavour of the sea) to the steamed clams; however, you may skip the step if you do not have kombu.

Serves: 1-2

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 8 mins


  • 250 grams asari clams (or any local clams) if using frozen, thaw before use
  • one 5cm x5cm (2 inch) piece of kombu (kelp)
  • 200 ml water
  • 100 ml sake
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped spring onions


  1. Scrub clams with a hard brush, then soak in salted water for at least an hour for the clams to purge out sand and impurities. Drain and rinse clams.
  2. Add kombu and water in pot, bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes and discard kombu.
  3. Add clams and sake. Close lid and steam for 2-3 minutes, until all the shells open. Discard any clams that remain closed.
  4. Ladle clams and clam broth to a serving bowl and top with chopped spring onions.

Noob Cook Tip

Discard any shells that remain closed after cooking.

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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!


  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 =)


    • 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.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

      yes, with shells!


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

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


  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.


  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!


  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.


    • 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.


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

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


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

      where did you buy the clams?