Sake Steamed Clams

I bet you will often hear people say, freshly caught seafood is best to be enjoyed in a simple way. No heavy seasoning required, just steam and lightly season it. By that, you get to enjoy the original taste of your seafood. Or maybe, the taste of the ocean.

Same can be said about clams. There are many ways to cook clams. Most often we Malaysian like our clams to be prepared with heavy seasoning. I guess it is part of our eating culture? However, my wife and I prefer less heavy seasoned clam’s dishes. Dishes like clam’s miso soup or sake steamed clams.

We have shown you how to make clam’s miso soup. In this post we are going to focus on sake steamed clams. Another one of our favourite clam’s dish and it is super easy to make.

All you need is a few simple ingredients like spring onion, ginger, dry red chili, black pepper, clams, and a good quality sake. Dump them in a pot, cook them for 5 to 10 minutes and you are good to go! Simple ain’t it?

Well technically you still need to wash your clams and dice your vegetables. Please do not just throw everything in without washing and dicing. Your steamed clams will be full of sand. Just be patient and take some time to wash your clams and brush the shell so instead of a sandy dish, you will get a nice sweet and umami sake steamed clams’ dish.

Now, let’s make sake steamed clams!!

Sake steamed clams

Clams steamed with Japanese sake, julienned ginger, and dried red chili.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Snack, Soup
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Servings 2 persons


  • Pan with lid (or saucepan with lid)


  • 500 g Clams
  • 1 cup Sake (japanese sake)
  • 1 inch Ginger (julienned)
  • 1 Dried red chili (finely chopped)
  • 1 Spring onion (finely chopped)
  • A bit of ground black pepper



  • We first need to wash the clams. Rinse it a few times with tap water and brush the shell with a clean brush.
  • Prepare the other ingredients accordingly. Finely chop the spring onion and dried red chili. Julienned the ginger.

Steaming the clams

  • In a large saucepan, add the clams in. Sprinkle the julienned ginger and chopped dried chili on top.
  • Pour a cup of sake in and boil it on medium high heat with lid on.
  • Once boiled, lower the heat to medium and let it cook for about 5 minutes plus with the lid on. The clams will open up once cooked so cook until all of the clams are opened
  • Sprinkle a handful of spring onion and a pinch of ground some black pepper on top. Your sake steamed clams are readied. Enjoy~
Keyword sake steamed clams, sake steamed lala, steamed clams, steamed lala

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