Miso Clams

Some days are simple and quiet...
I took Friday off to run some errands but mostly just to enjoy a little time off. I think lunch should reflect exactly how I feel today, quiet in ingredients with clams and dashes of green yet robust in taste accentuated by a dip of chili, spring onion and thyme. Like what Jon said about his new cooking philosophy, let the food do the talking. It definitely holds true for this recipe. I don't think I've had a better day in a while :)

  • 500g clams
  • 5 tsb water
  • 3 tsb sake
  • 1 tsb soy sauce
  • 1 tsb white miso paste
  • 1 tsb sesame seed oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small ginger, minced
  • 1 chili, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 spring onion, slice the green in inches and finely chop the bulb for garnishing
  • A bunch of pea shoot 
  • A spring of thyme (for garnishing)
Adapted from Baba Ganuj

  1. Mix water, sake, soy sauce, miso, sesame seed oil, garlic, ginger and chili in a large bowl 
  2. Marinate clams, pea shoot and inches of spring onion in the bowl and set aside for 30 minutes
  3. Once time's up pour all ingredients in a pot and simmer on low heat until clams are open (discard the unopened ones)
  4. Garnish with spring onions and thyme, serve with steaming white rice!
Until another day off...


  1. Love the ingredients list for this dish - so light, yet so flavourful!

  2. This looks beautiful, it's unusual to see greenery in a clam dish. I may have to take a day off to give this a go.

  3. I am sure the food does do the talking in this gorgeous seafood miso soup. Beautiful colors and presentation too!

  4. A light and scrumptious sounding recipe! I've never had clams, but I'd love to try that dish...



  5. totally love clams! Clams in miso must be so delicious too

  6. What a great looking miso soup, love all the colors. Look forward to trying and serving to my clam eating friends.

  7. Nice! I would love to try clam in miso.

  8. Oooh, this sounds perfect!! So simple and bright and fresh. Your pictures do it great credit, as usual.

  9. Hi Min! Oh my, your dish and pictures are so BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!! I just love how you present food. You say let the food do the talking... yes it's working! It's just something about your pictures... I'm truly in love.

  10. I love your photos :) And clams are yummy. Yummy clams, yummy photos :)

  11. Wow, what a yummy dish! I love clams this time of year and love how you used them in this lovely meal. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend!

  12. Hello Min,
    I thought I'd better drop by to thank you for such a lovely message that you've noted on my blog and how wonderful it is to know that you have enjoyed my recipe. (OMG Really!)
    Hope you have a good weekend and look forward to share some more ideas.

    S x

  13. Clams are very high in iron and this is an awesome way to eat them!

  14. OMG Min! These look so delicious! I usually cook my clams with preserved black beans and have been looking for a different Asian recipe to try. I think I've found the perfect one. I love miso! Cannot believe I never thought to use it with clams. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I'm definitely bookmarking this one. Fantastic pictures as well!

  15. this presentation reminds me of the style of René Redzepi of Noma (currently the best restaurant in the world) http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1946653,00.html

    just beautiful!

  16. I've never seen clams like this - fun idea!

  17. Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    Hehehe, I'm glad you feel the same way! :)

    Yes, really! :D Looking forward to more recipes from you!

    @Maris (In Good Taste)
    Oh what a great excuse to eat more! A fact I didn't know about :P

  18. I made something similar recently as well. Clams, wine, coriander leaves, red chili flakes, garlic then simply steam them to cook! I love love love it!

  19. Mmm, I bet this would be awesome poured over some udon noodles, too.

  20. Fantastic green clam dish! This would make us another steamed herby fish dish.I was never wrong to look for Asian fish recipes, and with my home garden of greens, I get a sense of fulfillment in my cooking. Love your Miso Clam recipe. Thanks for this!