Clam Bake Recipe

Mary Kay DeSola | Homemade Cravings

A Clam Bake is the perfect way to kick off summer. Easy, delicious, and fresh seafood for the win.

Clam Bake Photo

Don’t you love to see those clambake spreads on the pages of glossy magazines, seaweed and newspaper covered beach with perfectly cooked clams, lobsters and corn? Me too! Of course how many of us can regularly dig ditches, start fires at the beach, collect seaweed and all the perfect sized rocks and then layer those delicious ingredients one by one for the perfect meal? Even if you actually had a beach to use, are you going to go to all that trouble?

Making a clam bake in your kitchen is the perfect solution! This is a cross between a low country boil and a clam bake. It uses the cooking method of the low country boil, but the traditional ingredients of a New England Clam Bake.

Clam Bake Picture

I was first inspired to make a clam bake in the kitchen by Ina Garten’s Kitchen Clambake. I couldn’t believe how easy and quick it was to do at home! Since then I have adapted it to work for my family including no seaweed collecting, ditch digging or sand getting on your plate.

You can vary the ingredients based on your preferences; I included littleneck clams, chorizo sausages, shrimp, small red potatoes, corn on the cob and a lobster to top it all off. This is such a versatile meal that easily feeds a crowd  - and if you have a pot large enough, you can double or triple this meal.

Clam Bake Image

Start your meal with my Herbed Tomato Ricotta Tart while you are preparing this one pot meal. You may want a simple green salad or this Cucumber Tomato Salad for a crisp, colorful side and don’t forget some warm crusty bread to soak up the delicious juices.

Finally, what better way to end this summer Sunday Supper than with S’mores. Try these Grilled S’mores or a Banana S’mores Sundae for a sweet ending!

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Clam Bake Recipe

    10 Servings


  • 2 large White Onions, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1 bunch Flat-leaf Parsley
  • 2 Lemons, sliced into rounds
  • 1 1/2 pounds Red Potato, small
  • 1 1/2 pounds Chorizo Sausage, cut into 1" slices
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 24 Little Neck Clams
  • 24 Live Mussels, cleaned and debearded (optional)
  • 2 pounds Shrimp, large, peeled and deveined with tails on
  • 16 ounces Dry White Wine
  • 16 ounces Boiling Water
  • 6 Corn on The Cobs, husked and broken in half
  • 1 medium Lobster, 1-2 pounds
For Serving:
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Butter


  1. Heat oil and melt butter in a 16-20 quart pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring until softened, 5 minutes.
  2. Layer parsley and lemon slices on top of onions. Top first with potatoes, season with salt and pepper, then layer sausage slices, clams, mussels and shrimp.
  3. Pour over wine and water. Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes until steam begins to escape.
  4. Add the corn and place lobster on top. Cover pot and cook another 15 minutes. Ensure the potatoes are soft, clams and mussels have opened and the lobster has turned bright red.
  5. Remove all seafood, sausage and potatoes. Pour broth through a strainer. Taste broth and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  6. Serve with lemon wedges, broth and butter.


Source: Adapted from Ina Garten's Kitchen Clam Bake
Adapted from Ina Garten's Kitchen Clam Bake
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Author: Mary Kay DeSola
Source: Adapted from Ina Garten's Kitchen Clam Bake
Recipe Yields: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 241
Calories 660

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g
  Saturated Fat 11g
Sodium 1413mg
Total Carbohydrate 30g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 4g
Protein 47g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Mary Kay DeSola

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Mary Kay is known for all sorts of lovely family meals on her blog, Homemade Cravings. Around these parts, she's known for her fabulous Sunday Suppers.

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