Chorizo Steamed Clams


I have always called this recipe for steamed clams and chorizo "Spanish clams," as it seems I've seen some variation of it on the menu at every Spanish restaurant I've visited. Sometimes they use beer, or white wine, or sherry — and many varieties of clams can be used. But the common denominator is the spicy, Spanish-style chorizo. I like to serve these with grilled or toasted bread to soak up the glorious broth. Serves 2 as a main course or 4 as an appetizer.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 main course portions


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ cup finely diced onions

  • 3 ounces Spanish chorizo sausage, quartered lengthwise, cut into1/4-inch pieces

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ cups white wine

  • 3 pounds littleneck clams, scrubbed and rinsed

  • cup chopped Italian parsley

  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir until onions start to turn translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add chorizo; cook and stir to render some fat, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Pour in wine, increase the heat to high, and bring liquid to a boil. Immediately add clams and distribute evenly. Cover and cook until clams open, about 7 minutes, shaking the pot occasionally by holding the pot handles with potholders or a kitchen towel. It's best not to open the lid and stir.

  3. When clams have opened, remove from the heat. Stir in parsley and butter.

  4. Serve clams and liquid in heated bowls.

    close up view of Chorizo Steamed Clams with onions, fresh herbs and a slice of toast, in a white bowl
    Chef John


You can really adapt this recipe to your taste. Try cilantro instead of parsley, leeks instead of onions, and mussels instead of clams — just to name a few.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

986 Calories
37g Fat
29g Carbs
94g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 986
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 292mg 97%
Sodium 853mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 94g
Vitamin C 107mg 536%
Calcium 373mg 29%
Iron 97mg 540%
Potassium 2514mg 53%

* 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.

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