Clams in Garlic Butter Recipe with Soda Bread

Clams in garlic butter with parsley soda bread

  • serves 2
  • Easy

Clams are in season from September to April – this easy recipe pairs them with garlicky butter and homemade crusty soda bread



  • unsalted butter 100g
  • garlic 3 cloves, finely chopped
  • white wine a good splash
  • clams 1kg
  • flat-leaf parsley ½ a small bunch, roughly chopped


  • strong white bread flour 250g
  • wholegrain spelt flour 250g
  • flat-leaf parsley ½ a small bunch, finely chopped
  • bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp
  • sea salt 1 tsp
  • buttermilk 400ml


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. For the bread, mix together the flours, parsley, bicarb and salt in a large bowl, then stir in the buttermilk to form a dough. Shape into a round and put onto a baking-paper-lined tray. Lightly flour a large knife and use it to push a deep cross into the top of the dough. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until dark and crusty. It should feel hollow when tapped on the bottom. Cool on a wire rack until warm.

  • Step 2

    Melt the butter in a large lidded pan and cook the garlic for 2 minutes, then tip in the wine and clams, put on the lid, and cook for 2-3 minutes, shaking the pan every now and again until all the clams have opened. Stir in the parsley, then tip into bowls and serve with the warm soda bread.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 752
  • Fat 44.7g
  • Saturates 26.6g
  • Carbs 44.2g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Fibre 3.7g
  • Protein 40.5g
  • Salt 4.6g