Did you know that clams are the perfect date food? This is because they’re aphrodisiacs.
If you want to make your date feel special, you can plan a romantic evening at home complete with a delicious meal! Clams are wonderful and don’t have to be too difficult to make.
Do you want to learn the different ways you can cook clams?
Keep reading for 5 recipes that will keep you inspired in the kitchen and let your culinary skills shine.
1. Clam Chowder
With colder weather blowing in, nothing would be more romantic than curling up with your date over a bowl of clam chowder. Not only is clam chowder simple to cook, but it tastes gourmet.
If you want to make your date feel warm and fuzzy inside, a hot bowl of this New England favorite is a great place to start.
2. Raw Clams with Cucumber Mignonette Sauce
Tons of people love raw little neck clams because they have a unique sweet, chewy texture. Although you need to learn how to clean clams for any recipe, cleaning is especially important if you’re serving them raw.
A raw clam meal can be a bold move, but the results are astonishing if you use fresh clams and focus on your presentation.
To complement the clams, you’ll need to whip up a light, tasty sauce that can help balance the richness. This recipe for raw clams with a cucumber mignonette sauce will make your date think you’re a 5-star chef.
3. Clam Ceviche
If you’ve never had ceviche before, it’s raw seafood that’s marinated in citrus juice and other delicious ingredients. Ceviche is a great way to experiment with raw clams without going fully raw.
Although you won’t have to spend any time heating up the clams, citrus juice can actually “cook” seafood to give it a firmer texture than normal raw clams.
This ceviche recipe has a nice balance of flavors with heat, tang, and decadence.
If you serve the ceviche in the clamshells, you can impress your date with an elegant presentation. Since ceviche is typically served as an appetizer, you could make a few different lighter dishes to have a tapas-style meal.
4. Fried Clams
Fried chicken may be in the spotlight, but fried clams are just as good if not better.
While chicken generally has just one note to it, clams are a little sweet and bitter at the same time. Since most people haven’t had fried clams before, you’ll be able to give your date a special culinary experience.
If you want to keep your at-home date more casual, then you can’t go wrong with some comforting fried foods. This fried clams recipe pairs great with fries, coleslaw, and potato salad.
5. Grilled Clams with Lemon-Cayenne Butter
If you want to avoid feeling heavy after your dinner date, then grilled clams are the way to go.
If you serve them with a bit of lemon-cayenne butter, you can enjoy some richness without going overboard.
The citrus and spice work beautifully to balance out the decadence.
These Clam Recipes Are Guaranteed to Wow Your Date
Now that you know how to cook clams 5 different ways, you can become a master of this seafood delicacy!
Cooking “fancy food” doesn’t have to be as hard as you may think.
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