Crispy Clam Cakes Recipe: New England Clam Cakes Are the Perfect Bite by Shauna Flury

Crispy Clam Cakes Recipe: New England Clam Cakes Are the Perfect Bite

Need something to dunk or float in your chowder? Look no further than these clam cakes! You could also serve them as an appetizer with lemon wedges on the side and tartar sauce for dipping.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 pounds clams
  • 1 bottle beer 
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted, salted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
  • oil, for frying

Here's how to make them:

  1. Bring beer to a boil. Add clams and cook until shells open, about 4 to 8 minutes (discard any that haven't opened). 
  2. In a large pot, add oil to a depth of 3 inches. Bring oil to 375 degrees F. 
  3. Combine the clams and their juices, milk, egg and butter together. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder and pepper. Add the clam mixture to the dry ingredients along with the lemon juice. Stir to just combine (do not over mix!). 
  4. Drop batter into the oil by heaping tablespoons full. Work in batches so you don't crowd the pan, adjusting heat as necessary to maintain the temperature. 
  5. Fry until clam cakes are nicely browned and cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes total. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to cool. Repeat with remaining batter. 

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Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
Oh my, Shauna Flury , these sound delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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