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Japanese Clam Curry

Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword seafood
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Cherry on My Sundae


Clam stock

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 inch knob ginger peeled
  • 2 scallions white ends only
  • 2 garlic cloves smashed
  • 2 lb clams scrubbed clean


  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • ½ tablespoon garlic minced
  • ½ tablespoon ginger minced
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups reserved clam stock
  • ½ cup grated Fuji apple peeled
  • 1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • salt and pepper


  • Combine 4 cups of water with ginger, scallions, and smashed garlic in a medium stockpot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the clams, and reduce heat to medium. Remove the clams with a slotted spoon when the shells begin to open. Once all the clams are removed, simmer the remaining stock for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, strain, discarding the aromatics. Set aside the stock.
  • Heat 2 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic and ginger, cooking until the onions are translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add the flour and curry powder, stirring to make a paste. Add the tomato paste, potatoes, carrots, bay leaf, grated apple, and 3 cups clam stock. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked.
  • While the curry is cooking, remove the clam meat from the shells, discarding the shells. You can also keep some of the clams in the shell for presentation.
  • Season curry with soy sauce, honey, salt, and pepper. Add back the clams, stirring to combine. Serve with steamed rice.