Eat like a Tiger Shark: Grilled Clams with Garlic Butter

Eat Like a Tiger Shark
Eat Like a Tiger Shark

When we think of the most dangerous shark in the ocean, the great white comes to mind. But following in at a close second is the tiger shark, a predator who is known to eat anything, including humans.

Tiger sharks are not picky eaters, and when they bite, they don’t let go easily. As scavengers, they eat turtles, birds, fish and other sharks. Their sharp, serrated teeth can crack the shell on a turtle or a clam. Tigers are also known for eating garbage such as tires and nails.

At, we’re eating like the tiger shark with grilled clams in a garlic butter sauce, bet we don’t advise eating the shell!

Clams, although often used synonymously with oysters, are actually found in freshwater and do not have the salty, brackish taste that comes with oysters. So don’t skimp on the seasoning in this dish; the clams will soak up all the garlicy goodness.

This recipe is best made with small, littleneck clams. Don’t worry about how to get them open, the heat from the grill will do all the shell cracking for you.

Happy grilling! 🙂

Grilled Clams with Garlic Butter

Grilled Clams are great with garlic butter.
Grilled Clams are great with garlic butter.

This appetizer or meal for one is full of buttery, garlicy goodness.

  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 heaping teaspoons garlic paste
  • ¼ white wine or cooking wine
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Minced scallions
  • 1.5 pounds clams
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. Scrub clams, set in refrigerator.
  3. Melt butter in saucepan over low heat, adding next 4 ingredients slowly with a whisk until combine.
  4. Remove sauce from heat and add scallions, salt, and pepper. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  5. Set clams onto grill. Cook without turning.
  6. As soon as clams pop open, after about 9 minutes, transfer them to plate of rock salt.
  7. Spoon sauce over each clam and serve immediately.


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Lauren Cook

Eating together, and finding joy in cooking, is in our genes. It’s part of being human. I strive to keep the most basic, simple aspects of grilling and bring it to a modern setting.

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