White Wine Garlic Manila Clams

Garlicky, buttery clams in white wine sauce is the best way to cook clams. A simple recipe that comes together quickly for a crowd-pleasing dish.

These steamed clams in white wine sauce do not get any tastier or easier to make! It’s perfect for clam lovers alike.

Steamed Manila clams in a garlic white wine broth topped with chopped green onions served in a white bowl with a sliver fork.

What is Garlic Manila Clams in White Wine Sauce?

This manila clam recipe is a perfect dish for all clam lovers alike. Manila clams are cooked in a garlic butter white wine sauce that takes less than 15 minutes to make. A quick and easy clam recipe that’s ready in minutes.

What ingredients do I need and how do you make these steamed clams in white wine recipe?

  • Manila Clams – live clams found in Asian, Japanese or seafood markets. Littleneck clams work well too.
  • Green Onion – thinly chopped and used for garnish before serving.
  • Garlic – thinly sliced fresh garlic.
  • White Wine – dry white wine.
  • Butter – regular butter.
  • Soy Sauce – low sodium is preferred. For gluten-free you can use tamari or coconut aminos.
  • Black Pepper – fresh or pre-ground black pepper.
  • Spicy Pepper Flakes – optional to add red pepper flakes.

Add butter and garlic to a large skillet on medium heat and stir until butter is melted.

Next add white wine soy sauce, black pepper, and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat and cook until all shells are open. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.

Note – do not eat clams that do not naturally open after cooking. This means they are bad and should be thrown out.

How to clean and de-sand or purge clams?

Soak in cold salt water for at least 30 minutes to purge clams. Do not soak for longer than 1 hour or you risk the clams dying from lack of oxygen in the water.

Note – if you are using clams that have been caught in the wild or have not been de-sanded before, you will have to purge them in a tank with circulating oxygen for at least 24 hours.

Steamed Manila clams in a garlic white wine broth topped with chopped green onions served in a white bowl with a sliver fork, top down shot.

What is the best white wine to use for this manila clam recipe?

Choose dry white wine that is not sweet such as Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Avoid dessert white wines like sweet Riesling, Moscato, or any kind of sparkling wine.

How long to boil clams?

2-4 minutes in a covered pot until all the clams open up. If they don’t open up, discard them as this means either they are full of sand or no longer fresh.

What is the nutrition information for this steamed manila clam recipe?

  • 132 Calories
  • 4g Carbohydrates
  • 1g Fiber
  • 10g Protein
  • 6g Fat
  • 35mg Cholesterol
  • 152mg Sodium
  • 72mg Potassium
  • 36mg Calcium
  • 1mg Iron
  • 440ui Vitamin A
  • 1mg Vitamin C

Steamed Manila clams in a garlic white wine broth topped with chopped green onions served in a white bowl with a sliver fork.

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Now, let’s get cooking this steamed White Wine Garlic Manila Clams recipe!

  • Prepping Time 5M
  • Optional Sand Purging 10-30M
  • Cooking Time 10M
  • Total Time 15M
  • Net Carb/Serv ~5g
  • Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs Live Manila Clams (or clams of choice)
  • 1/2 Stalk Green Onion
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 2/3 Cup Dry White Wine (not sweet)
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) This step is optional. Place clams in water for 10-30 minutes. You can add salt if you would like, but not necessary. This process will allow the clams to naturally filter out any sand that may be collected inside the shells.

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3) In the meantime, finely chop garlic into thin slices and set aside.

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4) Finely chop green onions and set aside.

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5) In a stove top pot, add garlic and butter on high heat. Mix around the butter until completed melted.

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6) Next add white wine, Soy Sauce and black pepper. Bring broth to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes uncovered (to boil out the alcohol).

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7) After 2 minutes, add clams and cover. Cook until all the shells open up, about 2-4 minutes.

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8) Sprinkle in chopped green onions and transfer clams to serving bowl along with the broth.  Note – if some clams do not open during the cooking process, discard and DO NOT consume.

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White Wine Garlic Manila Clams

Garlicky, buttery clams in white wine sauce is the best way to cook clams. A simple recipe that comes together quickly for a crowd-pleasing dish.
5 from 10 votes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Keyword: clams in white wine, how long to boil clams, manila clam recipe, steamed clams white wine
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Optional Sand Purging: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 1
Print Recipe
Calories: 132kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs Clams clams of choice
  • 1/2 Stalk Green Onion
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 2/3 Cup Dry White Wine not sweet
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • This step is optional. Place clams in water for 10-30 minutes. You can add salt if you would like, but not necessary. This process will allow the clams to naturally filter out any sand that may be collected inside the shells.
  • In the meantime, finely chop garlic into thin slices and set aside.
  • Finely chop green onions and set aside.
  • In a stove top pot, add garlic and butter on high heat. Mix around the butter until completed melted.
  • Next add white wine, soy sauce and black pepper. Bring broth to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes uncovered (to boil out the alcohol).
  • After 2 minutes, add clams and cover. Cook until all the shells open up, about 2-4 minutes.
  • Sprinkle in chopped green onions and transfer clams to serving bowl along with the broth. Note – if some clams do not open during the cooking process, discard and DO NOT consume.

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Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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