Alaska Razor Clams
Imagine yourself on a beach in Alaska. The smell of salt water is strong in the air as you walk along the beach treasure hunting for one of the tastiest morsels Alaska has to offer. Your excitement climbs as you spy a little dimple in the sand. You put your shovel just next to the dimple, careful not to break the delicate shell underneath and gently lift up underneath your quarry. It’s an Alaskan Razor Clam!
Alaska Razor Clams are known for their elongated shape which is similar to a straight razor. It is their unusual shape that gives them their name. Digging Alaska Razor Clams is a wonderful outing for young and old alike. Children love digging for Alaska Razor Clams because it allows them to do their two favorite things, get wet and dig in the sand! Adults love it because it takes them back to their childhood!
Alaska Razor Clams are not only fun to find, but can be cooked in a variety of ways. Whether you like them fried, steamed, broiled or made into clam dip or chowder, these tasty little treats are sure to please!
May brings the first good clam tides of the year but generally there are two clam tides each month during the summer. Come stay with us at our Alaska fishing lodge during one of these times, and we’ll outfit you with the latest clam gear so you can try your hand at this wonderful sport. We provide clam guns (similar to a suction cup attached to a handle), shovels, pails and boots for your clam finding adventure. We’ll show you the best places to hunt for the delectable creatures and even show you how to clean them back at Krog’s Kamp. If you would like to take your harvest home with you, we can freeze them or if you’d prefer we can fix you a delightful meal from your bounty.
Alaska fishing is not the only sport in Alaska that is sure to bring smiles to your face. We think clamming rates right up there with the perfect family outing. After you spend your day playing in the sand, come back to our Alaska fishing lodge to lounge in the hot tub while we take care of the rest!
Book your Alaska fishing vacation with us today and be sure to ask about the clamming!
Here are a few of our favorite recipes for Alaska Razor Clams.>
Fried Alaska Razor Clams
1 limit of clams (15)
1 cup of flour
1 cup of cracker crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
Rinse clams, drain, dip in flour, egg, and roll in cracker crumbs. Using high heat, fry in 1/4 inch oil in pan. Brown quickly for one minute or until brown per side. Take out and lay out on paper towels to absorb any grease, then serve.
Alaska Razor Clam Chowder
2 Tbl. diced bacon or salt pork
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 C. diced raw potatoes
2 C. water
1 pint clams ground or chopped and liquid
1 can evaporated milk
3 Tbl. butter
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
Saute pork or bacon until crisp. Remove scraps from pan and reserve for use later as a garnish. Add chopped onion to hot fat, saute until tender but do not brown. Combine cooked onion and diced potatoes in a deep saucepan. Add water, bring to a simmer for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are done. Stir in clams and all other ingredients. Heat until piping hot, but do not boil. Serves 6.
Alaska Razor Clam Fritters
1 C. chopped razor clams (reserve the liquid)
1 bottle flat beer
1 1/2 C. pancake mix
6 green onions - cut very thin, use greens
1/2 green pepper - cut very thin
1 stalk celery - cut very thin
Mix onions, celery, green pepper and pancake mix together. Add clams and juice to other ingredients, then add beer till you have a very thick mixture that can be dropped from spoon into hot oil at 375 . You may not need all the beer because of the clam juice. Drop by spoonful in oil - cook 2 min. per side - test, if not cooked- drop by smaller spoonfuls.