Tere Gill


This is a quick and easy appetizer or side dish for seafood lovers. Don't let the ease of preparation or the minimal ingredients fool you; these stuffed clams are full of flavor and are absolutely delicious! They will dress up any meal and are always a big hit.


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6 (2 per person)
20 Min
30 Min


  • 1- 6.5 oz. can(s)
    chopped clams, drained & juice reserved
  • 1 box
    instant herb stuffing mix, turkey or chicken flavor
  • 1 1/2 c
    clam juice (see *note)
  • 5 Tbsp
    salted butter, divided 4 & 1
  • 1 tsp
    old bay seafood seasoning plus extra for sprinkling
  • 12 medium
    clam shells, washed and dried
  • ·
    fresh minced parsley or chives for garnish, optional



  1. (*Note: I save and freeze clam juice from canned clams that I use in different recipes. You may use the reserved juice of the drained clams plus one 8 oz. bottle of clam juice and enough water to equal 1 1/2 cups total.)
  2. Drain clams in small strainer over a 2 cup measuring cup; set clams aside.
  3. Add enough clam juice and water to the cup to equal 1 1/2 cups.
  4. Pour clam juice into a microwavable bowl; add 4 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning; cover bowl with lid or wax paper; microwave on high power for 3 1/2 minutes or until it begins to boil
  5. Remove from microwave, add dry stuffing mix (and seasoning packet, if included;) stir well. Cover and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  7. Add clams to mixture; mix to combine well.
  8. Spoon mixture into empty, clean clam shells. Place filled shells in a 9"X13" baking dish or on a rimmed baking sheet; set aside.
  9. Place remaining 1 tablespoon butter in small microwavable cup; cover with small piece of wax paper or paper towel to prevent splatter; microwave on high power for 10 to 15 seconds to melt butter.
  10. Brush or spoon butter evenly over each stuffed shell.
  11. Lightly sprinkle each with a little extra old bay seasoning.
  12. Bake at 375ºF for 30 minutes. Garnish as desired. Serve hot or warm. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.

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