Beer Steamed Clams

Are you a mussels person or a clams person or perhaps both? Mr. Chau and I both love clams and I usually I make them with sake. Recently I saw a host on Gusto TV cook clams with beer so I thought I’d give it a try too. It turned out delicious and I don’t even like drinking beer! I used an IPA but you can use other beers that suite your taste. Give this recipe a try if you like clams.

Ingredients (makes 1 lb of steamed clams):

  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 shallots, finely diced
  • 1 lb clams, cleaned (see note below)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 can of beer, about 100-150ml
  • 1/2 – 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • small bunch of Italian parsley chopped, for garnish (optional)


  1. Put oil, garlic and shallots in a pan or sauce pan over medium-high heat. Once garlic and shallots starts to sizzle and release their aromas, add clams and give everything a good toss.
  2. Add the beer, cover and let the clams steam until majority of them are open, about 2-3 minutes. During the steaming process, give the pan or sauce pan a few shakes with the lid on to help toss the clams around. I find this helps open them up all around the same time.
  3. Remove the lid and add butter. Stir until butter is incorporated and taste the sauce to see if you need more salt.
  4. Ladle the clams and sauce into a bowl or plate, sprinkle parsley on top if using. Enjoy!

Cooking Notes:

  1. See this article on how to clean the sand out of clams.

Easy Beer Steamed Clams Recipe

Easy Beer Steamed Clams Recipe


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