The two main varieties found in the States are the Atlantic jackknife clam and the Pacific razor clam. Both have oblong shells, with the Atlantic version being smaller and narrower than its west coast cousin. A razor clam utilizes a long foot that often peeks out from its shell, giving it its more… peculiar look. Looks aside, razor clams can be downright tasty and prepared pretty much the same way you’d cook up your standard hard clams.
Razor clams are everything you love about chewy, briny mollusks. Give some of these recipes – and accompanying wine pairings – a try and let us know what you think. Before you know it, you’ll be clam-oring for more! (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)
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