The rather large surf clam found on the East Coast of the United States is America's most important commercial species. It has been long prized for its exceptionally sweet, briny flavor and deliciously chewy texture.
People on the beach often pick up a large empty shell of surf clam, either to dig in the sand with, or take home to use as a decorative dish or ashtray.
Take the chewy meat of chopped surf clams. dredge them in seasoned flour and fry them up as "clam strips." Their sweetness also lends an especially delectable flavor to New England or Manhattan chowders.
Surf clams are a low fat, high protein seafood choice with an above average amount of healthful minerals such as selenium, zinc, iron, and Magnesium.