How to Fry Clams – Video from Woodman’s of Essex

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Chubby’s Fried Clam Recipe

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What You’ll Need

  • Deep Fryer, Cast Iron Skillet, or Heavy Fry Pan the deeper the better
  • Enough Lard, Crisco or Vegetable Oil, to fill ½ the depth of the pan or as directed, if using a deep fryer (we use lard and so did “Chubby”, do not use Olive Oil)
  • Bowl to Hold Evaporated Milk 12 oz. can
  • Strainer
  • Large Bowl to Hold Seafood Batter Mix
  • Slotted or Mesh Utensil


350º (360º for electric stoves)


  • Heat lard, or oil up to temperature (350º/gas 360º for electric stoves)
  • Strain & pat clams dry with paper towel
  • Dip clams into bowl of evaporated milk (about ¼ of the package at a time).
  • Strain off excess evaporated milk.
  • Place strained clams in seafood batter mix and fluff until evenly coated.
  • Lift clams from mix with mesh utensil and shake off any excess mix.
  • Carefully immerse clams, in small batches, into hot oil using a metal spoon to place them in the oil.

Stand back from fryer during cooking to avoid hot spattering oil.

  • Listen to them sizzle.
  • When they start to quiet down, roughly 1 minute and 15 seconds, scoop them out with a slotted or mesh utensil.
  • Shake off excess oil.
  • Clams should be golden in color.
  • Make sure they are crisp.

Be sure not to undercook the clams they will be soggy and greasy. Be sure not to overcook, they will be rubbery.

  • Gently pat excess grease with paper towel.
  • Season to taste
  • We suggest Woodman’s tartar sauce, salt, ketchup, lemon, hot sauce or just plain – they’re delicious as is!

Learn How To Fry Clams With Our Instructional Video