Butter and parsley are always classic, but I prefer something brighter and less rich like a bold chile-lime vinaigrette.

Razor Clams with Chile & Lime

If there’s one dish that embodies the sea, it’s clams. They are briny, versatile, and cooking them couldn’t be easier. Just steam them in a skillet with a little wine, toss them on a hot grill, or sear the meat directly as in the case with these razor clams.

While you can opt for littlenecks, I suggest you go for razor. Razor clams have a delightful sweetness, unlike other clams. Butter and parsley are always classic, but I prefer something brighter and less rich like a bold chile-lime vinaigrette.

The trick to tender clams is to get a grill or pan blazing hot so they cook quickly. Once they are just cooked, take them off the heat and serve immediately.

Razor Clams with Chile & Lime

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Razor Clams with Chile & Lime
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Razor Clams with Chile-Lime Vinaigrette

Razor clams have a delightful sweetness, unlike other clams. Butter and parsley is always a classic, but I prefer something brighter and less rich like a bold chile-lime vinaigrette.
Course Appetizer
Servings 4
Calories 106kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen razor clams
  • 3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil plus 1 Tbsp more for drizzling
  • 1 tsp chile oil
  • 1 zest of a lime
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro roughly chopped, plus more leaves for garnish
  • 1 Thai chile finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large bowl of cold water, soak the razor clams for 10 minutes. Pre-heat a large cast-iron pan over very high heat for 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine 3 Tbsp of olive oil, chile oil, lime zest, lime juice, cilantro, Thai chile, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove the clams from the water and shuck them by dislodging the meat from both sides of the shell. Place the meat on a work surface and remove the siphon, gills, and digestive track (all the dark parts). Kitchen sears make the job quick and easy. Drizzle with the remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil and season with kosher salt and pepper.
  • Sear the clams in the hot plan, gentling pressing with a spatula to brown, about 2 minutes. Do not flip the clams — this will ensure a good sear and prevent overcooking.
  • Transfer the clams to a serving platter and drizzle the chile-lime vinaigrette over the top. Scatter the cilantro leaves and a pinch of salt over the clams and serve.

Notes

I highly suggest investing in a Microplane. Grated garlic is far more pungent than sliced or chopped garlic. Use this to your advantage. A single clove can add bite, and in this case, contrasts the tart yet spicy vinaigrette and the sweetness of the clams.

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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