Steam Clams with Ham in White Wine

  • Serves

    serves 4


(Almejas con Jamon)
We based this recipe on one used at Cal Pep restaurant in Barcelona.


  • 13 cup olive oil
  • 4 oz. diced serrano ham or prosciutto
  • 4 small dried red chiles
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 12 cup dried white wine
  • 3 lb. manila or littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Crusty bread


Step 1

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ham or prosciutto, chiles, and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until ham is slightly crisp and garlic is golden but not burned, 2-3 minutes.

Step 2

Add wine and cook for 1 minutes. Add 1⁄2 cup water and bring to a simmer. Add clams, cover, and cook over high heat until shells open, 6-8 minutes. Discard any shells that don't open. Sprinkle clams with parsley and serve with crusty bread, if you like.

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