Steamed Clams Casino-Style

This steamed clams recipe is a winner when entertaining for its low stress factor. (Stuffing clams is a lot of work!) Serve this easy healthy recipe with plenty of crusty bread for dipping.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
10 servings


  • 6 pounds littleneck clams, scrubbed

  • 2 cups dry white wine, divided

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 ounces diced pancetta

  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 small hot chile pepper, diced

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 ¼ cups water

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 tablespoon harissa paste (see Tip)

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ cup toasted fresh breadcrumbs

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Combine clams and 1 cup wine in a large pot. Heat over medium-high heat until starting to steam. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook until the clams are open, 7 to 10 minutes. (Discard any unopened clams.) Use a slotted spoon to transfer the clams to a serving dish. Pour the cooking liquid through a fine-mesh strainer into a heatproof bowl.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add pancetta; cook, stirring, until starting to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add shallot, garlic, chile and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 2 to 4 minutes. Add water, the remaining 1 cup wine and 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking liquid (discard the rest); bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and whisk in butter, oregano, harissa and pepper. Pour over the clams.

  3. Serve the clams topped with breadcrumbs and parsley.


Tip: Harissa, a condiment made from roasted red peppers and chile peppers, hails from northern Africa. Look for ones labeled "paste" rather than "sauce," as the sauces can have added ingredients that tone down the smoky and spicy taste of the peppers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

152 Calories
9g Fat
6g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 152
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 9g 17%
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Vitamin A 407IU 8%
Vitamin C 19mg 21%
Folate 16mcg 4%
Sodium 493mg 21%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 13mg 3%
Potassium 235mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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