Clams in sambal butter sauce


  • 6 tbsp salted butter.
  • 2 large shallots, minced.
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced.
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste.
  • 1 cup beer (optional).
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes.
  • 5 tbsp sambal sauce (depending on your heat tolerance).
  • 2lb littleneck clams/ manila clams, cleaned.
  • 1tbsp lime juice.
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves for garnish.
  • Lime wedges for serving.

Melt butter, add shallots, garlic, cook and stir often until soft.

Add tomato paste, cook, stir often, until dark.

Add beer, tomatoes, boil, reduce sauce.

Add sambal and clams. I like it hot! So 5 tbsp for me is perfect. However, please try 1-2 tbsp first, add more heat as you like.

Cook until clams opened.

I invited a few friends to come and taste this dish. We finished 2 loaves of baguette in 20 min. The spicy butter sauce is so addicting, it’s hard to stop dipping the bread in the sauce!

Serve 4-6 people.


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