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Cherrystone Clam Seviche

This spicy, refreshing seviche delivers a hit of briny, sweet clam flavor. The fishmonger can shuck the clams for you and pack them up in their liquor; be sure to get the shells too, for serving.


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  • Servings: 4

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  • 12 cherrystone clams, scrubbed
  • 1/3 cup minced red onion
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges, for serving
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and minced
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Cilantro sprigs, for serving


  1. Shuck the clams over a medium bowl. Scrape and clean 20 of the best half shells and refrigerate.
  2. Cut the clams into 1/2 -inch pieces and place them in a clean bowl. Strain 1/4 cup of the clam liquor over the clams. Add the onion, lime juice, jalapeños, tomato and cilantro and season with pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or for up to 2 hours.
  3. Nestle the clam half shells on a bed of finely crushed ice. Spoon the clam seviche and any clam liquor into the cleaned shells. Garnish with cilantro sprigs and serve with lime wedges.

Suggested Pairing

A bright white with lots of fruit and no apparent oak will tame the kick of the jalapeños and the tang of lime in this seviche. Try a Pinot Grigio from Italy or, for a more elegant first course, a Graves from France.

Contributed By Photo © Beatriz Da Costa Published July 2000

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