BBQ Razor Clams

BBQ Razor Clams

I’m a really big fan of great simple seafood, and especially love to try new things. I’d been after some Razor Clams for a while, and I mentioned this to the friendly fishmongers at Greendale Farm Shop just outside Exeter. They had recently been out foraging and so were able to sell me some. Needless to say I jumped at the opportunity.

I got the clams home and rinsed out any remaining sand, and fired up the BBQ with some white hot coals, I popped the clams on meat side down and grilled them directly over the coals until seared, a couple of minutes, I then turned the clams over with some tongs, and brushed them with garlic, chilli and coriander butter, a squeeze of lemon and a little salt and pepper, until the shells started to char and smoke, another couple of minutes, don’t overcook them or they’ll turn to rubber. At this point the aroma was amazing.

I served the Razor Clams hot and we ate them with our fingers, avoiding the gritty stomach, and enjoyed them with a glass of cold New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, the taste and texture was similar to scallops, slightly sweet and subtly smoky from being cooked over fire.

Have a chat with your fishmonger and see if he can source these for you, and try something different on your BBQ this summer.

Razor clams

BBQ razor clams

21 responses to this post.

  1. These look absolutely wonderful – we are two students at the University of Exeter so may have to contact Greendale Farm Shop and see if they have any available soon. Great for a celebration!

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  2. Looks nice, must get my fishmonger on to this.

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  3. Marcus, ironically, I wondered if it would be possible to use your ‘copyright’ blurb on my blog?! I’m not joking…! I’ve spotted people using my photos and felt a bit possessive of them. Thought I’d better do you the courtesy of asking first…

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  4. I was about to say the same as frugalfeeding above – about collecting them on the beach with some salt over their holes – they think the tide has come in so they pop out. Apparently you have to be very swift to grab them and it can be quite good fun. Have never done it, we should find out which Devon beaches are good for this

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  5. Ooh I’ve never tried razor clams before! They looks very exciting.

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  6. Such beautiful photos! I’ve often gathered (empty) razor clam shells at the beach, but haven’t even cooked with the ones that still contain the meat. They look delicious.

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  7. These look great. I saw some razor clams being cooked on TV a while ago having not seen them before. With lemon, chilli and garlic they sound like a great Summer dish.

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  8. Seafood and Sav! perfect! c

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  9. Thanks Nick, that’s right about foraging them with salt, always fancied it never tried it yet. lots of lovely clean beaches near you!
    Cheers
    Marcus

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  10. Those look really wonderful. I’ll have to take a trip to the beach sometime and get myself some of these little fellas – apparently you pour salt down their holes and they simply pop up. You’d have to do it on a clean beach though.

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  11. Thank you Mad Dog, they were so good.
    Cheers
    Marcus

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  12. They look delicious😉

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  13. Being a big shellfish fan, these look fab! And I had no idea that farm shop had a fishmonger, brilliant to know, thanks!
    I have to say my only experience of these in my life so far has been treading on the shells on the beach as a child!

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