razor clam recipes
I have some razor clams my brother gave me (frozen in seal-a-meal pouches). I'm wondering what else I can do with them other than the obvious bread 'em fry 'em... any suggestions, recipes, thoughts?
'Cooking Alaska' has a lot of recipes for clams. Only a few specifically mention razor clams. In most of those they are chopped or ground. So razor clams should work in any clam recipe that involves chopped ones. One (from someone in Olympia WA) dips the whole clams in batter, and fries them.
Cleaning instructions are the same for razor clams, large butter clams, and horse clams.
Part of why you are not getting much response is because they rarely appear in markets, even in the Puget Sound area. I suspect most are harvested for personal use.
Park Kitchen in Portland regularly has razor clams on the menu as one component in a kind of composed salad. I talked to the chef/owner once and he told me that he poaches the clams very quickly in a court bullion. I think maybe he said 30 seconds, although I have always cooked them about twice that long. You can then cut them into strips. I have made salads with celery or snap peas and a citrus vinaigrette. I think it's important to have something crunchy in the salad.
I do them in my fireplace.
My new obsession... cooking in the fireplace.
Anyway... last time I threw them in a cast iron pan with a little sake, a few slices of fresh ginger a stalk of lemongrass, some shallots, a couple hot red chiles and a kaffir lime leaf. Picked up just a nice hint of smoke while in there warming through.
Pulled 'em out.. removed the aromatics from the sake.
Tossed a handful of thin sliced scallions, mint, cilantro and some chaeop chae noodles with a squeeze of orange, lime and a dash of fish sauce.
Poured the clams and sake over and mixed.
It was very good.
I asked at the Mill Creek Central Market. They get razor clams about once a month, around the time of the extreme tides. What they don't sell within a few days they freeze in 1lb packages (out of the shell), for around $16/lb. As a large clam they need to be diced or sliced thin, and cooked quickly or they get tough.