What clams are used for clam strips?
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.