The smallest of the Atlantic soft shell clam family, you’ll spot Steamers by their protruding siphons, which inhibit them to close completely. These are purged in seawater, with meat that’s tenderer than Littlenecks and Cherrystones, featuring a sweet, clean ocean flavor.
While hard shell clams stay close to the surface of the sea floor, Steamer Clams bury themselves more deeply, and extend their long siphons to the sea floor surface.
You can simply steam these clams in water with lemon, or add a variety of flavors such as garlic, shallots, parsley – even beer. To enjoy, use the siphon as a handle and swirl the clam around in its hot broth or melted butter.
Clams are a great choice for seekers of a high protein seafood choice with excellent amounts of Selenium, Zinc, Iron and Magnesium and B Vitamins like Niacin.