Pork with Clams


An easy, tasty pork and clams recipe made by my Portuguese in-laws at every chance they get! Add a little bit of chili powder or crushed chilies for extra zing. Great for company!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 55 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds pork roast, cut into 1 inch cubes

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 whole cloves

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 4 tablespoons margarine, divided

  • 2 onions, sliced

  • 4 tomatoes, chopped

  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 pounds clams in shell, scrubbed

  • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 lemon, quartered


  1. Put pork in a dish, and add the wine, paprika, bay leaf, cloves, pepper, salt and 2 cloves of garlic. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.

  2. In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons margarine. Saute onions, tomatoes and 5 cloves of garlic. Cook gently until onions are soft; add salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Wash the clams, discarding any that are open. Add them to the onion/tomato mixture. Cover, and cook over high heat until all clams have opened, about 5 minutes, then cook for another minute.

  4. Meanwhile, drain the pork; set marinade aside. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons margarine in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook pork until brown on all sides. Stir in marinade, and cook until there is very little liquid left. Keep turning pork or it will stick and burn!

  5. Serve the pork, the clams in their shells, and the onion mixture with boiled potatoes. Sprinkle everything with coriander and parsley, and garnish with lemon quarters.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

394 Calories
18g Fat
19g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 211mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 61mg 306%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 10mg 54%
Potassium 949mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.