So let’s talk about baby clams, my favorite topic…seafood! Anything miniature always seems so much more inviting to me. I don’t know if maybe it’s the charming cuteness of it all or maybe just flat-out curiosity of how something so small can heighten my senses to want to try it. When it comes to seafood though, I don’t care if it’s baby oysters, baby mussels, baby clams, I will go through the inescapable, inexorable chore of pulling that little fine meat out of it. There are so many people who are not interested at all in going through the chore of working for such small piece of meat, but not this girl.
Seafood has that power over me, I will go and become an Alaskan fisherman, abalone diver and dive with great whites, just tell me I can eat this stuff everyday and I’m there! Okay maybe a little exaggeration about that Alaskan fisherman thing. I don’t like the cold! Haha, I bet you thought I was going to say dive with great whites there huh?! Nope that I do!
Okay so let’s talk about these baby clams I used for this recipe. Now there are many types of clams but these that I used for this recipe come from China. And believe it or not, I got them in one of the least places you would think. Wal-Mart! Yes Wal-Mart in the frozen seafood section.
Guys know this I have made many recipes with frozen seafood so if you’re thinking, no way will that work, frozen clams, STOP! Don’t let that deter you from making certain recipes. Nowadays, that’s not a thing to worry about. You can get fresh FROZEN seafood that tastes great because when it’s caught it is frozen at its peak freshness.
For these baby clams, you don’t have to do to much to them, so I decided to make a serrano infused sauce and cook the baby clams in the sauce. Yum! Great mexican appetizer! Now note that the sauce will be green because of the serrano pepper but oh sooo good!
And guess what?! When you are done with your baby clams, don’t throw them away;wash the clams in soapy water, then boil them in water for about ten minutes over medium to high heat and then have them seat overnight in plain water. Discard water and now they are ready to use in your fish tank, or fill a glass bowl or bottle, put them in pretty mesh bags and decorate your bathroom….the possibilities are endless!
In just a few minutes these baby clams are all done.
Baby Clams in Serrano Sauce
- 2 Pounds baby clams (any small clams work, such as little neck clams)
- 1/2 onion (chopped onion)
- 2 garlic cloves (finely sliced)
- 1 cup chicken broth
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lime (quartered)
- 1 serrano pepper (rinsed and stem removed)
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 cup olive oil
|In a blender, blend serrano pepper, garlic clove and olive oil together until well blended. Set aside.|
|In a skillet over medium heat, add sauce and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, add onion and cook until transparent, about 3 minutes, add garlic and cook for a minute. Add chicken broth and salt and pepper to taste. Cook sauce for 2 minutes, add clams and cook for 5 minutes.|
|Serve immediately in individual bowls with lime. Enjoy!|