Simple Recipe: Steamed Clams

Summer is coming to an end and ZICO happened to ask if I'd be interested in coming up with some recipes that could include their chilled coconut water. Since it is something so light and pure (it's 100% chilled coconut water with no added sugar!), I decided to use it for something simple that doesn't require much time to cook to preserve the freshness of the coconut water and other ingredients. Steamed clams is one of my favorite dishes and it's super easy to make - perfect as an appetizer or main course.

Steamed Clams with ZICO Chilled Coconut Water and Sake

2-3 dozen hard shell clams (clean and scrub the outer shells well)
2 tablespoons olive oil
6-9 cloves of garlic (peeled and minced)
1 cup ZICO chilled coconut water
1 cup sake
1/4 cup of parsley (chopped)
pinch of salt and pepper

 via B for Bonnie, photo by Bonnie Tsang
 via B for Bonnie, photo by Bonnie Tsang

Use only firmly shut clams

Heat olive oil in a pot on medium heat, put in garlic and saute for 3-5 minutes or until slightly brown.

Pour in coconut water and sake, then turn up the heat to high. Add clams and close the lid for about 5-6 minutes, then shake the pot few times without opening the lid to make sure clams are able to open up.

 via B for Bonnie, photo by Bonnie Tsang

Turn off the the fire, remove clams with a slotted spoon (discard clams that did not open) to a big shallow bowl. Add parsley, salt and pepper to broth, then pour broth over the clams.

*This dish can be served with baguette, dinner rolls or steamed rice. To make it more "summer-ie", try chilling the broth in the fridge for few hours and turn it into a cold dish.

 via B for Bonnie, photo by Bonnie Tsang