Steamed Clams with Tomatoes

// Steamed Clams with Tomatoes

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

7-8 mins

Free Time

to take 10 deep breaths

Shellfish? In the microwave? Steaming is what the microwave does best, which makes clams a natural ingredient for this preparation. Buttery, slightly sweet, and slightly salty all at the same time, the clams pair well with the acidic tomatoes. You'll want a side of bread or pasta to soak up the sauce.

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • 1garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • ½ cup (105g) crushed tomatoes
  • 8 oz (225g) fresh clams, scrubbed
  • Parsley or basil to garnish


  1. Clean the clams: Place the clams in a large bowl of ice-cold water that’s salted like seawater. Let sit for no longer than 2 minutes. Brush each clamshell with a clean brush to remove debris if needed. Clams should purge sand, which will sink to the bottom of the bowl, so be sure to remove it carefully.
  2. Place all the ingredients except parsley/basil in the Anyday dish and mix to combine. Cover with the lid (knob lifted). Cook in the microwave for 7-8 minutes, stirring halfway through, until all clams have opened.
  3. Season broth to taste and serve.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Serve over pasta or with a side of crusty bread
  • Try it with chicken stock instead of wine for an alcohol-free dish.
  • Add some halved cherry tomatoes for extra texture.

Recipe notes

  • Little Neck or Manila clams are the best choices for this recipe.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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