Red Curry, Coconut, and Ginger Infused Steamed Clams

Steamed Clams Coconut Curry Broth Red Curry, Coconut, and Ginger Infused Steamed Clams

I have no shame in admitting that I am often very motivated by what’s on sale in the butcher/seafood case when deciding what I’m going to be cooking for dinner. Finding little Manilla clams at the store today was a nice unexpected surprise because I’m burned out on roasts, hams, turkeys, mashed potatoes, any all other holiday type foods.

Usually when I buy clams I steam them in white wine, garlic, and lemon. But because it’s winter and the weather is very Seattleesque, I decided to spice things up by steaming the clams in a red curry, coconut and ginger stock. Hello, lover.
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The clams were gone within minutes of setting them on the table – I only had three of them before walking away to answer a phone call. When I returned to the table the guilty look on my husband’s face was all I needed to see to know there would be no more clams for me, even my 8 year old daughter was disapointed with her dad.  All that remained in the serving bowl was a rich, flavorful, curry and ginger infused stock which I was more than happy to enjoy by the spoonful.  There were no losers tonight.

If you love curry dishes and clams, this recipe is a keeper and apparently a real crowd pleaser. simple smile Red Curry, Coconut, and Ginger Infused Steamed Clams

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Asian ingredients succh as fish sauce, curry paste, and coconut milk can be found at your local Asian grocery store or online at places like

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The broth itself is absolutely amazing!
Coconut Ginger Curry Infused Steamed Clams Red Curry, Coconut, and Ginger Infused Steamed Clams

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Red Curry, Coconut, and Ginger Infused Steamed Clams
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 2-4
An Asian style steamed clam recipe featuring red curry, coconut milk, garlic, and ginger. Very flavorful and the right amount of spice.
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3 teaspoons red curry paste
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk (I like Chaokoh brand)
  • 2 pounds of clams (Littlenecks or Manilla), rinsed and cleaned
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • optional 1 small lime cut into wedges
  1. Melt the butter in a medium pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and ginger. Cook for 2-3 minutes until garlic is fragrant but not burned.
  3. Add the red curry paste and the fish sauce.
  4. Stir the paste until it has thinned out with the butter.
  5. Pour the chicken broth and coconut milk into the pot. Stir the broth mixture for a couple seconds until well mixed.
  6. Add the clams and cooked covered for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until clams have opened. Discard any clams that are still closed.
  7. Add the parsley and give the pot a quick stir. Transfer clams and broth to a large serving bowl and squeeze a tablespoon of fresh lime juice over the dish.
  8. Serve additional lime wedges on the site.Enjoy!
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  1. Rob says

    Okay, so I made these, with some modifications and while the recipe is good, some changes made it amazing. I doubled the coconut milk, added about a tablespoon of sugar, a few sprigs of cilantro and lime zest and juice from 1 lime into the broth while it cooked. I also added a chopped roasted long hot pepper that I happened to have left over. I also substituted mussels for the clams since they were on sale. The sweet heat made these mussels to die for. Had a tough crowd of foodies who were licking the bowls clean. If you get a chance to try the recipe with these modifications, let me know what you think! Love the pics!

  2. Rhonda says

    Went to Whistler, BC last February and had something very similar. I’ve wanted to recreate the recipe and this is it! Made my sweet husband very happy. Btw good crusty bread is a must…this broth is too yummy! Thank you!

  3. says

    Hello Alice..

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.. for saying this.

    I linked your recipe/site to a blog post that I did. I gave you credit of course.. but more importantly wanted to share it with you bc this post of yours meant so much to me.

    It’s the post titled.. On a More Serious Note.. posted on October 21, 2013

    Btw.. made your miso ginger dressing last night… UNREAL. The red curry clams? To die for…

    You are my hero!

  4. MaryAnn says

    Holy cow! What an amazing, easy way to make clams! (I used mussels but whatever) The sauce is fantastic as previously reported. I threw in a little extra coconut milk and a dash of chipotle chili pepper and viola, people fighting over the bowl, broth, and crust bread. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  5. says

    I super love this receipe. I saw you on food fighters and noticed you used lemon grass. It isn’t listed as an ingredient but I used it. I will make it again and again. Thank you

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