Morimoto inspired manila clams recipe

Morimoto Inspired Manila Clams

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword clams, one pot, quick
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Asian Test Kitchen


  • 3 lb manila clams
  • 2 Tb grassfed butter
  • 1 Tb chopped garlic about 2 very large cloves
  • 2 ea chopped green onion white and green parts separated
  • 1/2 c sake
  • 1 Tb soy sauce


  • Soak manila clams in water with 1 Tb salt for 10-15 minutes to purge any grit.  Drain and rinse clams with water.
  • Heat butter in a pan over medium heat.  Add garlic and white part of the green onion.  Cook for about a minute. 
  • Add sake and bring to a boil.  Cook for 30 seconds to remove alcohol. 
  • Add clams, cover pan, and steam until the clams have opened.  About 3-4 minutes.  Discard any unopened clams. 
  • Stir in remaining chopped green onion for garnish.  Serve hot.  


This recipe would also be divine served over hot buckwheat soba noodles for an Asian version of spaghetti and clams.