Black Bean Clams


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This recipe is sponsored by Maine Seafood but all opinions are my own.

Maine’s pristine coastline stretches 3,478 miles along the cold, clean North Atlantic. It’s home to an incredible diversity of both wild-caught and cultivated seafood species. This recipe calls for firm, sweet little neck Maine clams.

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Prep time 20mins
Cook time 15mins
Serves or Makes: 4

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For the Clams


  • 3 pounds Maine Clams, 20-24 clams, washed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Chinese fermented black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 inch ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon scallion
  • 4 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced `
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking wine
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 teaspoons

For the Kelp Salad


  • 12 ounce bag of Maine Kelp
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon carrots, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon scallion, chopped
  • 2 whole chili peppers, diced


  • Step 1

    Add one to two inches of water to a large pot and add clams. Steam the clams until shells are open, 5-7 minutes. Drain the clams and set aside.

  • Step 2

    In a small bowl, mash the fermented black beans with the back of a spoon. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large saucepan over high heat. Add the black beans, ginger, scallion, garlic, onion, and red bell pepper. Stir-fry for about 20 seconds.

  • Step 4

    Add the clams. Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the cooking wine. Stir-fry for 1 minute.

  • Step 5

    Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and sesame oil. Stir-fry until clams are evenly coated.

  • Step 6

    Add the cornstarch slurry to thicken sauce and stir to combine.

  • Step 7

    In a separate bowl, add kelp, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, vinegar, carrots, scallion, and chili peppers. Toss to combine.

  • Step 8

    Serve kelp salad with black bean clams immediately.