A lot of people tell me that they don’t know how to cook seafood at home. That’s crazy talk, I always say! Florida Seafood at your Fingertips LIVE! promotes tasty, sustainable, easy recipes that anyone can recreate in their kitchen. In my upcoming cooking demo, I am excited to share a simple shellfish dish that is delicious, nutritious, and about as fresh from Florida as you can get.
Bivalve shellfish (e.g., clams and oysters) are a heart healthy food, and provide a nutrient rich, low-calorie meat option. They are an excellent source of protein and are high in iron, calcium and vitamin B. Shellfish aquaculture is a growing industry and provides one of the greenest agricultural products around! By their simple acts of eating and growing, bivalves remove nitrogen, sequester atmospheric carbon and increase water clarity. Shellfish farms have actually been linked to improved water conditions and increases in seagrass.
So eating clams tastes not only tastes good – it feels good, too!
These Cookout Clams have become one of our favorite recipes at home. Share them as a fun appetizer with friends during a backyard BBQ, or pair them with crusty bread and a fresh salad for an easy meal.
How to watch
Join me for a Cookout Clams cooking demonstration at 6 pm EST on Wednesday, June 10 via Facebook Live on the Florida Sea Grant Facebook page. During the live feed, I’ll be available to answer your questions and respond to comments – I can’t wait to share dinner with you! (If you miss it, no worries – all videos will be archived for future viewing at this page.)
How to cook along
It doesn’t get much easier than this.
For the clams:
- 1 – 2 lbs. of littlneck or middleneck hard clams (about 25 – 50 clams)
- 1/3 cup Olive oil
- 2 – 4 cloves chopped Garlic
- 1/2 Tbs. Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp. Red pepper flakes
- 1/2 Tbs. chopped chives
I recommend pairing these clams with a loaf of crusty bread (french or sourdough) and a fresh green salad, and dinner is DONE!
(Shell)fishy fact: Locally farmed clams (and oysters) can be found across the state. The health benefits of seafood consumption are well documented (so Eat Seafood, America!), and supporting local seafood production, including shellfish aquaculture, is great way to benefit your health and coastal economies. Request Fresh from Florida products from your favorite seafood supplier!