Cristina and I are big seafood eaters and in particular, we love all different types of shellfish.  This past summer we happened to see steamers in the grocery store one Saturday morning and we figured why not give it a try.  I’ve always heard good things about them but for whatever reason I’ve never tried to make them.  My first attempt turned out to be a huge success and will be a recurring dish for years to come.  I thought I would share my recipe with everyone.  It’s easy and quick!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 lbs of steamers
  • 2 medium cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • crushed red pepper to taste
  • approx. 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • fresh lemon wedges, to serve with
  • toasted crusty bread, if desired (recommended!)

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Directions: 

To get started, rinse the steamers under cold water and then let soak in a bowl for at least 15-30 minutes (the longer, the better). I always give all shellfish a scrub as well after I let them soak.  Let them dry off before cooking them.

Next, heat a large skillet on medium-high.  Add the olive oil and then add the garlic and the crushed red pepper.  Once the garlic browns a bit, add the steamers, garlic, salt, black pepper, wine, and half of the parsley.  Cover and simmer until the steamers open.  Once they are opened, remove them from the heat and plate them.

Add the remaining fresh chopped parsley and lemon wedges.  If you decide to go for some hot, toasted bread on the side, which I strongly advise, use it to soak up all of the amazing juice.  Sometimes the simplest things are the most satisfying!

Enjoy!

-Jeff