How to Grill Clams – The Basics

I’ve found that people are quick to throw meat onto a grill, but tend to shy away from seafood, especially shellfish. It’s a shame, because grilling clams is probably the easiest grilled dish on the planet. I like grilling the big ones because they’re cheaper than the smaller steamer clams (I bought four big clams for $2 the other day) and they’re a nice change of pace from the regular grilling fare. Here is the easiest, simplest way to grill clams. I’ll do some later posts that add a few more ingredients to the mix; but for now, let’s perfect the basics.

The only preparation needed is to clean the clams – place them in a bucket or pot with cold tap water, and add 1/2 cup of corn meal. Let them sit like this for four hours. This allows the clams to filter out sand so you don’t get any crunchy surprises during your meal.

To grill the clams, simply put them on a grill at a med/med-high temperature and let them cook for about 10 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when they pop open. Serve with garlic butter.

4 thoughts on “How to Grill Clams – The Basics

  1. We do the same thing but never less than bags of 50 med necks at a time, besides corn meal you can also add ground black pepper and soak for 10 mins, they hate the pepper and spit out any sand. I must say we came up with a much easier way, and what’s great is you can save all the delicious clam juice! After washing we put all clams in a large aluminum pan add cut up butter evoo bunch of fresh chopped parsley , a ton of fresh chopped garlic, a little sprinkle red pepper flakes a few shakes celery salt and a glass of white wine (optional) on a med high heat put whole pan on grill, as they start opening transfer to another pan and when their all open poor all the juice garlic and good stuff over the top, garnish with lemon wedges and serve with alot of fresh italian bread! Believe me they are DELICIOUS ! Enjoy 😃


    1. This is the greatest idea ive seen in a while.. trying it tonight, will let u know how it goes, but idk how it could go wrong


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