Steamed Clams with Garlic and Chives


Total Time:

20 minutes



Steamed Clams might be one of my favorite dishes to serve during the summer when the sun is out, everyone is excited to be outside and you want a light meal. It’s exceptionally delicious, especially when served with a loaf of toasted crusty bread and a crisp glass of wine.

Steamed Clams with Garlic and Chives from (@Whatsgabycookin)

Growing up in Arizona we never really ate any seafood – but ever since I moved to California I’ve embraced the seafood scene! I’m a regular at the seafood market down in Santa Monica and I’m always trying to find fun ways to serve up an easy seafood dish to a crowd. I have big dreams that one day I’ll do a major seafood bar (kinda like the bruschetta bar) with lobster, crabs, clams, mussels, scallops etc… but it’s going to be quite the undertaking. So until then, I’ll be swooning over these steamed clams!

Steamed Clams with Garlic and Chives from (@Whatsgabycookin)

A bunch of cleaned clams that get steamed in a white wine and garlic mixture and then topped with bursts of freshness that come from the fresh chives! Then serve them up with a loaf of grilled bread – because while it might be acceptable in my mind to DRINK the cooking liquid, apparently it looks better it you sop it up with a bunch of toasty baguette to get all that flavor in your mouth! It looks gorgeous and complicated, but it honestly is one of the easiest recipes on my site! Whip it up, take all the credit, and let people fall over themselves to get seconds or thirds πŸ™‚

Steamed Clams with Garlic and Chives from (@Whatsgabycookin)

Steamed Clams with Garlic and Chives

This super easy Steamed Clams with Garlic and Chives situation is the ultimate summer al fresco dinner!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 people


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic finely chopped
  • 2 shallots finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4-5 pounds of clams Littlenecks or Manilla, scrubbed, rinsed and cleaned
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives finely chopped
  • 2 lemons
  • Grilled baguette for serving


  • Combine the butter and olive oil in a large shallow skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, shallots and the red pepper flakes and cook for 2-3 minutes until garlic is fragrant but not burned.
  • Add the wine and increase the heat to medium-high to bring the wine to a simmer.
  • Add the clams, cover with the lid and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until clams have opened. Discard any clams that are still closed. Add the chives and juice from 1 lemon and give the pot a quick stir.
  • Transfer the clams and the cooking liquid to a large serving bowl and serve with pieces of toasted bread to soak up the cooking liquid and extra lemons on the side.

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  1. leslie

    Ohhh yum..what a simple and easy dinner! And I love the name of that wine!!

    • Gaby

      hahaha agreed!! a fun name for sure πŸ™‚

  2. Laurie {SimplyScratch}

    I L-O-V-E that wine…and even more I love these clams! Can’t wait to see what else you’ll be making πŸ™‚

    • Gaby

      Thanks Laurie!! Hope you like the rest of the recipes coming up!

  3. Heather Christo

    These look so wonderful, and the perfect Summer dish!

    • Gaby

      YES!!! Tiny Hats Big Thoughts – this is coming too!

  4. monika

    Mmmm. I would love to try this! Beautiful images as well!

  5. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    I love cooking with wine! These clams look delicious – I’d love to try them. However, being landlocked in the midwest leaves quality seafood something to be desired. Time to plan a trip out west.

    • Gaby

      Oh yes!! A trip out west will leave ya with some delish seafood inspired meals πŸ™‚

  6. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Oh so good! Once of my favorites. Is it bad that I kinds want to pour this bowl over a plate of spaghetti? Looks amazing, Gaby.

    • Gaby

      that’s perfectly acceptable in my book πŸ™‚

  7. Gaby

    Never??? Oh girl, you’re gonna love them! Grab some wine and herbs and go to town!

  8. ashley – baker by nature

    Steamed clams and a bottle of white wine = the perfect Summer date night. I’ll be emailing my boyfriend this post so he gets the hint… πŸ˜‰

  9. marla {family fresh cooking}

    I was a picky kids ~ but oddly enough I would have gobbled up this entire pot of steamed clams. As I would now πŸ™‚

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  11. Amanda

    I’ve only had clams a few times and really enjoyed them. This would be a perfect summertime meal out by the pool or beach, thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  12. Marjory

    It makes me think party! Sounds like a great dish to serve. Delish.

  13. Intrinsic Beauty

    This recipe screams summer! Would be fantastic cooked out on the open grill while at the beach!

  14. Stacey

    Looks amazing, Gaby! I want to make it for dinner but the last time I did I ate the entire dutch oven-full all by myself, then ate almost an entire loaf of ciabatta soaking up the wine-y shallot-y garlic-y juices. It was so good and soooooo bad.

  15. Marian (Sweetopia)

    I can just taste these – they look amazing! I’ve never made clams and can’t wait to try it at home!

  16. Lisa | With Style and Grace

    this might be exactly what I need to make clams (for the first time)!! You make it look so easy.

  17. Kevin @ Closet Cooking

    Those clams look good! I do not make clams nearly often enough.

  18. Cris

    I just stumbled across your beautiful website and this recipe caught my attention. Looks good and sounds very easy to make.
    So I just decided to give it a shot … TODAY πŸ™‚ Thanks! Cheers, Cris

  19. Jeremy

    I may be a little late to the party, but I made these and oh my goodness they are fantastic. I was concerned they would be too wine heavy, as I am not a big wine drinker. My concern was for nought because the wine added a terrific flavor to it.
    Bravo Gaby, I know that I will have these again!

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  23. Bill Primavera

    Outstanding dish!
    Whenever u r in ny I will make it for u!!
    Thanks Billl

  24. cher

    What else besides clams and bread would you serve with this? A crispy green salad? I, myself, can live on clams, but I’m thinking about company……. I go to Santa Monica Seafood in Costa Mesa! Best fish around!

    • Gaby

      Yes! A big green salad would be perfect. As would a bowl of pasta!

  25. Anne

    Wow! We just scarfed down a big bowl of clams, absolutely wonderful! The wine worked great, it was Montana Winery; Last Best White (from Missoula, MT). We live in Libby…Loved it!
    also a bowl of steamed broccoli…..Thanks so much for the recipe.. The clams were so fresh, no duds at all. I’m getting more tomorrow from the seafood truck!

  26. Connie

    5 stars
    We have made this many times here in the Pacific northwest, it’s an absolute keeper!

  27. Elaine Faulks

    I am from San Diego CA and my father use to make this dish for use all the time WE LOVE SEA FOOD!

  28. Gail

    I’d like to make this but I only have frozen clams. Do you suggest cooking them from frozen, or do I need to defrost first? Just leave out the freezer for a couple of hours? Thanks!

  29. Gabi

    5 stars
    Looks delicious!! Try substituing the chives for coriander! You’ll love it!