Red Curry Clams

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Red Curry Clams

This simple recipe of clams cooked in a spicy Thai red curry sauce takes advantage of prepared Thai curry paste, which is available at well-stocked supermarkets and Asian-foods stores. We call for red curry paste but use whatever type you prefer. This recipe also works with about 4 pounds of mussels. Serve with crusty bread to soak up any leftover sauce.

Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 30
Total Time: 30


  • 5 pounds littleneck, manila or other small clams
  • 1 14-ounce can “lite” coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup lime juice, plus lime wedges for serving
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (see Note)
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Wash clams thoroughly to remove any grit.
  2. Bring coconut milk, lime juice, wine, brown sugar, curry paste, garlic and fish sauce to a boil in a Dutch oven or other large pot, stirring occasionally. Add the clams, tossing to combine. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the clams are open, 7 to 10 minutes. (Discard any unopened clams.)
  3. Stir in cilantro. Taste the broth and adjust the flavors to your taste. Serve in deep bowls with lime wedges for squeezing.

Tips & Notes

  • Note: Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian condiment made from salted, fermented fish. Find it in the Asian-food section of well-stocked supermarkets and at Asian specialty markets. We use Thai Kitchen fish sauce, lower in sodium than other brands (1,190 mg per tablespoon), in our recipe testing and nutritional analyses.


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 266
fat 8 g (5 g sat, 0 g mono)
cholesterol 57 mg
carbohydrates 19 g
protein 24 g
fiber 0 g
sodium 526 mg
potassium 631 mg

Nutrition Bonus Iron (133% daily value), Vitamin C (47% dv), Vitamin A (21% dv), Potassium (18% dv), Zinc (16% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving 1

Exchanges 1 carbohydrate (other), 3 lean meat, 1 fat

From EatingWell May/June 2011