How to Cook Steamers

how to cook steamers

One of the most common questions we get around here is “how do you cook steamers?”. Maine steamers, or steamer clams, represent quintessential Maine, and cooking them, is really straightforward (as Mainers, we wouldn’t have it any other way!).

How to Cook Maine Steamer Clams

  • Simply add an inch of cold water (or your favorite beer or white wine) into a tall, large pot. If you have a steamer rack, place it at the bottom of the pot, and carefully lay and stack the clams on the steamer rack.
  • No steamer rack? Just put the clams in the pot with the water.
  • Cover up the pot and bring the water to a boil. Turn the heat down a little and let the clams steam away for about 10 minutes or until the steamer clamshells are wide open.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let the clams cool for a few minutes before handling.
  • If any of the steamers did not open they should be discarded.

If you want to learn more about Maine steamer clams, when they are in season, how to clean them, and where to buy them online, we’ve put together some quick links to help you get started.


Adrien Sala Clams in Steel Bowl

Maine Steamer Clams 101

Whether you’re down east at a cottage or ‘uptah’ camp, Maine steamer clams are a traditional summertime favorite for family affairs and cookouts. Knowing how to clean steamers for such gatherings is essential, and takes but a few, simple steps. Compared to other kinds of seafood, steamers are relatively inexpensive and easy enough to prepare. In no time you, your family, and friends can enjoy the sweet and salty flavor of one of Maine’s most tasty seafood dishes. Read more!

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Hard Shell Clams, Soft Shell Clams, and How to Shuck a Clam

Maine clams are an exceptionally healthy food prized in the kitchen for their versatility—they can be fried, baked, steamed, stuffed, eaten raw on the half shell, turned into chowders, soups, and stews, or prepared wherever a recipe takes you. It’s no wonder. Maine clams are a whole nutritional food lean in protein, rich in minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, selenium, potassium, vitamins C, B12, and A, and are high in Omega- 3 fatty acids. Read more!

Fresh Maine shellfish

Maine Steamers, Raw Oysters, and Domestic Sea Scallops

Our shellfish selection is all procured right here along the coastline of Maine, from our farmers, fishermen, and diggers. Our buyers have perfected the art of locating and sourcing the very best Maine has to offer. From scallops, mussels, steamer clams, to a variety of the very finest Maine oysters. Robust flavors and consistency you can trust, time and time again. Shop now!