Clam Bake


This is the most fun you can have with your seafood. It started with the idea of a fun get-together clam bake then took off with a life of its own. This recipe is a general guide. Have fun, mix and match your favorite seafood. I would ask your fish monger what is fresh, and then decide what seafood to add. I've even added a whole octopus before. Serve with a nice white wine, turn on some music and have fun. Great outdoor meal.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
4 servings


  • 8 medium red potatoes, scrubbed

  • 1 pound clams in shell, scrubbed

  • 1 pound mussels, cleaned and debearded

  • ½ pound unpeeled large shrimp

  • 1 (48 fluid ounce) can chicken broth

  • ¼ cup dry vermouth (Optional)

  • 1 ½ cups butter, divided

  • 1 loaf French bread


  1. Place a potatoes in a layer in the bottom of a large pot. Cover with a layer of clams, then mussels, and finally the shrimp. Pour in the vermouth and enough chicken broth to fill the pot halfway. You may not need all of the broth, depending on the size of your pot. Cut a half cup of the butter into cubes and place on top of the seafood. Cover with a lid, and seal tightly with aluminum foil.

  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium-low heat for 45 minutes. Remove from the heat, and carefully remove the foil and lid. Remove the seafood and potatoes from the liquid and serve on a large platter, family-style.

  3. Melt 1/2 cup of reserved butter, and divide into 4 individual dishes for dipping. Serve with French bread and remaining softened butter for the bread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1383 Calories
74g Fat
137g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1383
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 74g 95%
Saturated Fat 45g 224%
Cholesterol 294mg 98%
Sodium 3133mg 136%
Total Carbohydrate 137g 50%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 43mg 217%
Calcium 166mg 13%
Iron 15mg 86%
Potassium 2375mg 51%

* 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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