Question: How to prepare clams?

Do you have to scrub clams before cooking?

If youre steaming or serving clams in a clam bake, you do not need to clean, or shuck, the clam meat. But if youre adding these to pastas or salads, you may want to shuck them first.

How are clams commonly cooked?

In New England and other parts of the Northeast U.S., they are often steamed and then served with the resulting broth. To eat, one pulls the clam from the shell, dips it in the broth to rinse any sand or grit off of it, and then might dunk it in melted butter before popping in ones mouth.

How do you purge clams?

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How long does it take to cook clams?

Put the clams in a pot or a pan with a lid. Add a bit of liquid to get things started, but just a splash. Melted butter, wine, or chicken stock will work. Steam the clams on medium heat, with the lid on, for 5 to 7 minutes.

Do you boil or steam clams?

It takes about 7-9 minutes to steam clams. Be sure not to boil the clams or they can become tough, a gentle simmer is all that is needed. The clams are cooked through when the shells have opened.

How long do you boil clams?

Bring the water to a boil. Let the clams cook in the steam from the boiling water for about 5-10 minutes, until the steamer clam shells are wide open, then remove the pot from the heat.

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