Rating: 4.74 stars
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

A simple recipe for fried razor clams, a western Washington treat. Sometimes I fry the bodies, reserving the tougher necks for chowder. Dip in cocktail sauce. The spicier the better for me!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 min
additional:
4 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

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  • In a bowl, mix crushed crackers with black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Place eggs in a separate bowl. Dip clams into eggs, then into cracker mixture to evenly coat.

  • Fry clams in the hot oil until golden brown. Do not over cook.

Nutrition Facts

215 calories; protein 7.6g; carbohydrates 25g; fat 9.2g; cholesterol 96.3mg; sodium 405.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (21)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2008
Absolutely the best fried clams I've ever had. I didn't have any crackers so I substituted with Panko and flour: I had the eggs in one bowl Panko in another bowl and then the flour mixed with all the other spices in another bowl. Dipped the clams in the egg then in the flour mixture then in the panko and fried till golden brown. Yum!!! My husband who isn't really a big fan of fried clams thought they were delicious and ate them right up. Although I've lived in WA for over 15 years this was my first time digging for then preparing and eating razor clams. Now I'm a huge fan! =) Note: It's really super important to be sure to clean these clams properly as well as to make sure they are thoroughly patted dry with paper towels before you begin. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/14/2007
I love clams but I found these guys to be a little chewy and the recipe could've done without the crackers. Not sure I will make these again or else use a different recipe. Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2008
Absolutely the best fried clams I've ever had. I didn't have any crackers so I substituted with Panko and flour: I had the eggs in one bowl Panko in another bowl and then the flour mixed with all the other spices in another bowl. Dipped the clams in the egg then in the flour mixture then in the panko and fried till golden brown. Yum!!! My husband who isn't really a big fan of fried clams thought they were delicious and ate them right up. Although I've lived in WA for over 15 years this was my first time digging for then preparing and eating razor clams. Now I'm a huge fan! =) Note: It's really super important to be sure to clean these clams properly as well as to make sure they are thoroughly patted dry with paper towels before you begin. Read More
(65)
Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2008
Preparing and cooking razor clams is a learned gift if you dont know how they will be very poor in taste and quality. Follow this reciepe and try them you wont be disapointed. To learn how to prepare properly try this web site http://wdfw.wa.gov/ Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2006
I love this recipe!! I grew up digging these little suckers, and eating them just like this. If you want to cook razor clams this is the only way beside clam chowder or fritters. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2007
We tried this recipe last night and thought it was great right down to the spicy cocktail sauce We also used some sweet and sour sauce and lightly salted the clams right when they came out of the oil. As for a boggy taste we wondered if maybe the other reviewer didnt properly clean thier clams. Razor Clams are known for thier mild taste but must be cleaned properly. I would certinly make this again!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2007
This recipe is the real deal if you are a razor clam fan. We dig up Razor Clams down on Long Beach Washington. This is the recipe we use to fry up the day's catch when we get back to the condo. You can serve with butter tarter or cocktail sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2010
Lacking saltines I followed ladybug's recommendation and dipped the clams in flour then egg wash then panko mixed with seasonings. At medium-high they only take a few minutes per side. Yum. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2007
Absolutely wonderful. We fried these clams for a holiday dinner appetizer and everyone enjoyed them. Will definitely use this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2010
Just fried some up great meal. Followed Ladybug's suggestions and they were spot on! I fried 90 seconds per side remember they are still cooking once out of the oil. Enjoy! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2008
I made this and thought it was excellent. We dug our own razor clams on a beach in Alaska and cleaned them ourselves. What a chore but you have to do it right or the slightest bit of clam guts could ruin a whole batch. I fried these up with a little change in the ingredients. I added some corn meal because I love the corn battered clams. It was flavorful and a hit with everyone even my boys - 4 and almost 2 - who would have thought? I found it works best if you fry them hot and quick. They don't turn out rubbery and they are very tender. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will use it over and over again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/14/2007
I love clams but I found these guys to be a little chewy and the recipe could've done without the crackers. Not sure I will make these again or else use a different recipe. Read More
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