Food That’s Fast: Garlic Clams & Tomatos

Today I was at the Japanese market shortly before lunch when I spied already clean manila clams in a clean saran wrapped container.

Stopped briefly to consider what I had at home that I could cook with clams and a simple wine, butter and garlic recipe came to mind. This is more like an appetizer for 2 in terms of portions.


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 6 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 diced tomato
  • 16 fresh manila clams
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine, I usually use a crisp white wine – such as Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc & Unoaked Chardonnay
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • salt to taste


  1. In a saucepan heat the olive oil and then add the minced garlic.
  2. Wait till the garlic has started to brown then add the 1/2 cup of wine
  3. Reduce the wine by 1/2, then add in the clams
  4. Steam clams until they are mostly open add in the butter, discard any that have not opened. (Mine all opened, victory!)
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Pour everything into a serving bowl and toss with tomatoes and parsley.

Also nice is to serve the soupy goodness with toasted french bread.


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