What clams are used for clam strips?

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"Clam strips are made from large surf clams, shucked, pounded flat and cut into strips," Geringer-Dunn explains. "They're much chewier and lack nearly all the delicious clam flavor you get from whole-belly clams." So go with your, err, its gut, and pick up clam bellies, which are soft-shell varieties like Ipswich.

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Similarly one may ask, what part of the clam is used for clam strips?

Clams strips are cut from the muscle of large hard shell clam: aka skimmers, quahogs, chowder, surf clams. These are dredged from the sea floor, and relatively cheap.

Subsequently, question is, are clam strips good? Really: clam strips are made from the firm foot of a hard-shelled sea clam. Nothing against sea clams. They're great for chowder. But when you order "whole belly" fried clams, you're getting steamers.

Also asked, what kind of clams are used for fried clams?

To make them in the traditional New England style use Ipswich clams (a.k.a. Steamers or soft-shell clams) and use the whole clam bellies, strips and cleaned neck. Frying the clams is the easy part, but I'm also sharing a much easier method on how to shuck clams.

What is the difference between clam strips and clam bellies?

Whole belly clams, a dish popular in the New England region of America, are ordered two main ways: either as clam strips or whole belly clams. Both are fried, and the strips are simply the clam with the belly removed. A whole belly clams refers to an entire clam that has been breaded and fried.

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What do you serve with clam strips?

Indulge in fried shrimp, clam strips and a tavern-battered cod fillet served with coleslaw, golden fries, your choice of tartar or cocktail sauce and lemon wedge.

Do you eat the whole clam?

Once your clams are cleaned, you're ready to eat or cook them. The smallest clams are the most desirable for eating raw. Whole clams have finished cooking when the shell opens. If the shell does not open after cooking, discard the clam.

What do I feed clams?

You can use clam food, found at your local pet store and often sold as "sinking algae wafers," or you can make your own mixture, pureed in a blender and given to your clams individually: 1/3 pound red meat (hamburger, beef liver, beef heart) OR Fish with Roe.

How do you cook clam strips?

Clam Strips
  1. (12 oz & 20 oz packages) Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. (9 oz package) Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Arrange frozen clam strips in a single layer on baking sheet and place on middle rack of oven.
  4. (12 oz & 20 oz packages) For half package bake 14-15 minutes; for full package, bake 17-18 minutes.

Are clams good for you?


Health Benefits: Clams are a very nutritious whole food with a host of health benefits. They are a lean source of protein; are rich in minerals, vitamins, and Omega- 3 fatty acids; they promote sexual health; and have been found to possess cancer-preventing properties.

What does clam taste like?

Clams can be eaten raw or cooked in an array of manners. They have a nice, salty taste. They have a fishy taste but it is not gross nor is it overpowering. Their texture is difficult to describe, but clams are chewy, and depending on how they are prepared, can come off as slightly rubbery.

Who has the best fried clams?

Phantom Gourmet: Great 8 Fried Clams
  • Clam Box. Wollaston Beach, Quincy.
  • Belle Isle. Winthrop.
  • The Landing. Marblehead. Another Great 8 winner is The Landing in Marblehead.
  • Bob's Clam Hut. Kittery, Maine.
  • WATCH: Best Fried Clams, Part 2.
  • Red Wing Diner. Walpole.
  • Evelyn's Drive-In. Tiverton, RI.
  • Woodman's. Essex.

Do you steam clams before frying?

Immediately prior to shucking, clams should be boiled for no more than 30 seconds. Drain the hot water as quickly as possible after the 30 seconds. Once drained, fill the pot with cold or ice water. This process does not cook them, but loosens them up for easier opening.

Are clams unhealthy?

Clams are high in selenium and niacin, a B vitamin that has the potential to not only boost your HDL (healthy cholesterol), but lower your LDL (bad cholesterol), and mussels (which are a type of clam) are especially high in protein, low in fat, and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.

What do fried clams taste like?


A good clam belly is a bit of an acquired taste. It is, after all, filled with, well, half eaten gunk (I really don't know how else to put it). It has a silty, almost bitter flavor to it with a hint of sweetness, and it should burst in your mouth like an ocean-flavored Gusher.

Can you eat fried clams while pregnant?

It's safe to eat shellfish during pregnancy as long as it's been thoroughly cooked. Any bacteria or viruses are usually killed by thorough cooking. However, if toxins are present, they will not be completely removed by cooking.

How much do clams cost?

LIVE Clam Prices
LIVE Clams Quantity Price
Ocean Clams 50 count bag $14.99
Maine Steamers (Ipswitch) Clams 1 to 4 pounds $6.99/pound
Maine Steamers (Ipswitch) Clams 5+ pounds $6.79/pound
Wild Maine Mussels per pound $2.99/pound

Are fried clams chewy?

Crispy, golden Deep-Fried Whole Belly Clams are crunchy, chewy and a little bit briny — all in one bite. To make them in the traditional New England style use Ipswich clams (a.k.a. Steamers or soft-shell clams) and use the whole clam bellies, strips and cleaned neck.

Are clams expensive?


"Normal" clam varieties are easy to harvest and not commonly eaten raw, so they also aren't expensive and transport isn't expensive. However, there are certain clam varieties that could easily be considered "high class dishes" because of their rarity and culinary appeal.

How are clams made?

To reproduce, clams release eggs and sperm into the water seasonally, generally in mid-summer when water is warm and planktonic food is abundant. After fertilization of an egg, cellular division produces larvae and eventually tiny clams that settle to the bottom.

How many calories are in clams?

Nutrition Info
A 100g portion of steamed clams (the meat of about 10 small clams) contains 148 calories, 25.5g of protein, 2.0g of fat, and 5.1g of carbohydrates. Clams are also an excellent source of iron, zinc, selenium, and B12. Clams contain some cholesterol: about 67mg per 100g serving.