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Steamed Clams with Fresh Basil

Prep Time

    •    Prep and cook time: 10 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 2


    •    1/4 cup water
    •    2 tsps olive oil
    •    1/2 cup white wine
    •    1 tsp unsalted butter
    •    2 dozen little neck clams
    •    3 cloves garlic, cut in large chunks
    •    2 tbsp fresh herbs such as basil or parsley


  1. Heat a large pot on high heat.
  2. Add oil.
  3. When hot, add garlic and cook until golden.
  4. Add butter, wine, water and clams and cover tightly, reduce to medium-low heat.
  5. Cook 5 to 10 minutes, or until the shells open.
  6. Do not overcook or the clams will become rubbery.
  7. Transfer clams with a slotted spoon to a large bowl and pour the liquid through a strainer over the clams.
  8. Top with fresh herbs and enjoy with a good crusty bread.

This great family recipe is thanks to Skinny Taste at


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