Before buying Bell Buoy from my Dad, I lived in Alaska for over ten years. Having grown up on the Oregon Coast and having lived in Alaska for over a third of my life, I occasionally see some similarities. So, let's talk rain if we're going to compare Alaska and Seaside!
For the past couple of weeks has been raining buckets, and I’ve taken to saying it has been ‘Alaska wet’ here on the Coast; days upon days of sideways, relentless rain, low clouds, and dark days. Everyone seems to have their own recipe for making it through these murky days.
Game Day Clam Dip
Personally, I've been embracing the fall weather by reading more, trying new recipes, and watching football. And in my house, you can’t watch football without chips and dip.
With the razor clam season recently opening after being closed for over a year, it was time to break out that clam dip recipe!
(If you are reading this blog in the spring or summer, rest assured this clam dip is amazing for picnics and gatherings and any other sunny occasion...because you have to celebrate every day the sun shines on the Oregon Coast!)
The perfect clam dip has to check three boxes for me.
Packed with clams, ensuring a piece of clam in nearly every bite
Actually tastes like clams
Easy to make
The Perfect Clam Dip Recipe
This recipe is great for a game day snack with chips but also as a dinner appetizer served with thinly sliced vegetables. As with all seafood dishes, it's versatile. Add more lemon, or leave out the bacon if you wish (who would do that??), or substitute ¼ cup of Greek yogurt for the mayo.
Clam Dip Recipe
- 2 slices cooked minced bacon
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup sour cream
- 4 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 scant tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 3 tablespoons minced scallions
- 4 5oz cans of minced Razor clams or 4-5 whole clams
- Salt and pepper to taste
1. Stir all ingredients together, except the razor clams, if using fresh clams, until well combined.
2. Add minced clams, if using our canned clams, and mix. Or, cook fresh Razor clams in a fry pan on medium heat for two minutes per side (with or without the juice, see Pro Tip below)
3. Set cooked clams aside to cool, including juice.
4. Once Razor clams are cool, mince. Add the minced clams and juice to dip.
5. Adjust seasoning to taste. Top with Paprika.
Pro Tip – When you buy fresh razor clams there will be some clam juice in the bottom of the container (canned clams have juice too!) Save the juice! Add it to the clams when cooking. This juice is key to boosting that clam flavor in the dip. For a very mild flavored dip add less juice (or none). For a bold flavored dip, add it all. If the dip is too strong, add a little more sour cream or Greek yogurt to mellow the flavor.
Holiday Appetizer Recipe
Not only does this clam dip go well with chips on Game Day, but it will also wow your guests during holiday gatherings. I guarantee this clam dip will be the first dip gone on your holiday spread table! Better make two batches, just to be safe!
If you are adventurous and want to shuck your own clams for this recipe, you can purchase live razor clams when in season. Or purchase "dressed" clams...they come shucked and cleaned, ready for your clam dip recipe.
Razor Clam Lovers Gift Box
If you're looking for a birthday, Father's Day, or even a wedding gift for die-hard clam lovers, we've got you covered with the Razor Clam Lovers Gift Box. Print out the recipe above and add it to the Razor Clam Gift Box for a unique and memorable gift.