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Spicy Clams in Beer

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Clams in beer just somehow makes sense

Clams cooked in Kingfisher

Yum – Just yum!

This recipe may not be exactly Indian but I have used Indian beer and the other ingredients are all used in Indian cookery. You won’t care where the recipe came from when you dip a crunchy loaf of French bread into the broth and scoop up all the sweet clams.

Growing up in California, clams were often cooked in beer at barbecues and restaurants. I miss seeing them on the menu. It’s funny how when I think of times gone by, my memories of food are stronger than anything else. I can remember in detail a clam food festival I went to in 1984 but haven’t got a clue who I was there with.

This is my kind of meal. It’s quick and easy to prepare. You can cook it in one large saucepan and serve it that way at the table. Just tell everyone to dig in.

It’s simple and the ingredients are few. No fattening cream… no butter… just fresh goodness.

In the summer months, I like to cook these clams in a pot on a Kettle barbecue. Once the clams have opened, I cover the barbecue with the lid and let the clams soak up all the nice wood smoke for a couple of minutes.

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Baby Clams Cooked With Kingfisher Beer and Chillies

Baby Clams Cooked With Kingfisher Beer and Chillies


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 cloves garlic - finely chopped
  • 2 red onions, - finely chopped
  • 500ml Kingfisher beer
  • 1 kilo small baby clams (Any kind will do)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • A handful of fresh coriander - finely chopped
  • 1 (or more) fresh red chilli - seeded and thinly sliced


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan with a lid.
  2. Fry the onions until lightly browned and translucent.
  3. Now add the chopped garlic and fry for a further minute being careful not to burn the garlic.
  4. Pour in the beer and bring to a rolling simmer.
  5. In go the clams! Cover the pan and cook until the clams open. This will take about three to five minutes.
  6. Add the chopped coriander and red chillies and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve the clams and Kingfisher sauce on a large platter or serving dish. Be sure to discard any clams that don't open.
  8. Clams and Kingfisher are delicious served with fresh naans or crusty French bread.

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Saturday 2nd of February 2013

I´ve never made clam in beer before, good tip! Looks very tasty!

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