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Asian Steamed Clams with Ginger and Garlic on a platter garnished with cilantro
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Asian Steamed Clams with Ginger and Garlic

Delicious and healthy seafood is easy to make right at home! Try these Asian steamed clams with ginger and garlic for a rich and tasty meal.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Fish & Seafood
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Diabetic, Low Fat
Keyword: asian steamed clams, easy Asian recipes, steamed clams
Servings: 2
Calories: 267kcal
Author: Diabetic Foodie


  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce (gluten-free, if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 scallions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (minced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 24 littleneck clams (in shells, scrubbed)
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro (chopped)


  • In a small bowl, combine the water, sherry, and soy sauce, then set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a stockpot or Dutch oven (at least 4-quart) over medium heat.
  • Add the scallions, ginger, garlic, and 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce mixture. Sauté for a minute or two until the scallions have softened.
  • Add the clams and remaining soy sauce mixture. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring everything to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the clams open.
  • Discard any clams that don’t open, then transfer the remaining clams to two shallow serving bowls.
  • Pour the broth over your clams, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve immediately.


This recipe is for 2 servings of steamed clams. One serving will be about 12 clams, depending on their size.
The high sodium count is a bit misleading because you probably won't eat all of the broth. If you're concerned, skip the soy sauce entirely or take a smaller portion of clams.
This recipe can also be made with mussels. Just be sure they're scrubbed and debearded ahead of time.
Clams are best served immediately. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator and consume within a day or two.


Serving: 12clams | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.5g | Protein: 23.6g | Fat: 8.4g | Saturated Fat: 5.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 442.3mg | Potassium: 875.9mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 2.9g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg | Net carbs: 14.1g