Deep Fried Clams

Fried clams with a lemon slice

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 2 to 4 servings
Yield: 10 ounces
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
416 Calories
24g Fat
26g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 416
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 548mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 532mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Fried clams are easy and delicious to make at home with or without a deep fryer. The cracker crumb coating is seasoned with herbs and a touch of chipotle chile pepper for kick. Serve as an appetizer or entree.

The recipe uses canned whole baby clams, though you can use shucked fresh clams.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the deep fryer to 375 F or heat 3 inches of peanut oil in a Dutch oven.

  2. Measure cracker crumbs, poultry seasoning, salt, chipotle pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and dill weed into a large zip-top bag. Toss to combine. Set aside.

  3. Stir the clams into the beaten eggs. Using a slotted spoon, remove a few clams at a time and place in the bag of herbed cracker crumbs. Shake to coat, remove clams, and place on a platter. Repeat until all clams are coated.

  4. Fry clams in batches, about 30 seconds, until golden brown. Take care not to crowd the clams while frying. Drain on paper towels and serve hot as an appetizer or entree.

Recipe Variation

  • Spice up the mixture with cayenne pepper instead of ground chipotle.