This baked stuffed clams recipe is delicious. The combination of clams and chorizo are briny, smoky, salty, and all around perfect. Cooking stuffed clams may feel overwhelming, but I promise you it’s not! I’ll show you how to cook stuffed clams – and trust me, you’re not going to want to miss out. These chorizo stuffed clams make a show-stopping appetizer or light meal.
While many seafood dishes are breaded and fried, I kept this one light and healthy with an almond flour instead of bread crumbs. The chorizo adds a ton of flavor – without adding any carbs.
There are many different clam varieties. I used Cherry Stones for the baked stuffed clams recipe, but you can use whatever variety you like or have access to.
How To Open Clams
Learning how to open clams can be a little scary if you aren’t experienced. But don’t worry, if you haven’t shucked clams before I suggest taking a look at this video from Martha Stewart. It’s a great video and explains the process perfectly. The hardest part is shucking the clams, but once you get the hang of it, it goes by pretty quickly and this recipe comes together in minutes.
How To Cook Stuffed Clams
PRO TIP: You’ll want to loosen the clams on the bottom shells as well, so that when you go to eat them, they slide out easily.
Cook up the chorizo, onion, red pepper, garlic, and spices.
Then it’s time to add in almond meal and the reserved clam juice.
Add a spoonful of filling to the clams and broil until the topping is golden brown.
PRO TIP: You aren’t actually cooking the clams, but merely warming them up.
Now that you know how to cook stuffed clams, you will have a new favorite dish! These flavorful chorizo stuffed clams are perfect for the main course or an appetizer.
To serve, I usually place the clams on a bed of salt, so they sit still and are easy for picking up. It also makes for a beautiful presentation! Squeeze a bit of lemon juice and a sprinkle of salt over them just before eating!
Are Stuffed Clams Healthy?
Yes, baked stuffed clams are healthy. Did you know that clams are a great source of vitamin B12? They’re also very high in iron, selenium and omega 3’s!
Additionally, you get nutrients from the onions, peppers, garlic, and chorizo. Vitamin C, fiber, calcium, iron, and protein are just a few of the nutrients you get when you eat this baked stuffed clams recipe.
Can You Make Clams And Chorizo Ahead?
Yes, you can make baked clams ahead. You would need to store the stuffed clam shells in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last 1-2 days in the fridge.
You can warm up this baked clams recipe in the oven approximately 20 minutes at 350 degrees. The goal is to warm up the chorizo mixture and not cook the clams themselves. When you are warming up the clam appetizer, it’s ready when they reach the temperature you prefer.
Can You Freeze This Baked Stuffed Clams Recipe?
Yes, you can freeze this baked stuffed clams recipe. It’s super easy to freeze these best stuffed clams too. Simply store them in an airtight freezer container. They will last 1-2 months in the freezer.
You can reheat the baked stuffed clams, let them thaw overnight in the fridge. Then warm them up in the oven or microwave.
What To Serve With The Best Stuffed Clams
Whether you are eating making this stuffed clams recipe as the main dish or an appetizer, you will find that they go with lots of foods. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Baked Green Tomatoes With Crab Salad + Fried Capers – This is perfect if you are serving appetizers at a dinner party or event.
- Easy Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Garlic – So delicious!
More Paleo Seafood Recipes
If you love this baked stuffed clams recipe, you are going to enjoy these other paleo seafood recipes:
- Baked Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon
- Paleo Low Carb Shrimp And Cauliflower Grits – Flavorful and filling.
- Paleo Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos
- Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti Squash Boats – These are both paleo and Whole30.
Easy Baked Stuffed Clams Recipe (Clams and Chorizo):
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Easy Baked Stuffed Clams Recipe (Clams and Chorizo)
Learn how to cook stuffed clams in just 10 minutes! This baked stuffed clams recipe (chorizo stuffed clams) makes a great appetizer or main course. Cooking stuffed clams and chorizo is EASY and flavorful!
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- 12 medium Clams (scrubbed clean; more or less if using a different variety; reserve the juice)
- 4 tablespoons Olive oil
- 1/2 medium Red onion (minced)
- 1/2 medium Red bell pepper (minced)
- 4 cloves Garlic (minced)
- 4 ounces Chorizo
- 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
- pinch Cayenne pepper
- 1 cup Almond meal
- Sea salt (to taste)
- Fresh parsley (for garnish)
- Lemon (for serving)
More TIPS about this paleo recipe in the post above!
- Preheat your broiler.
- Shuck the clams reserving the juice. Leave clam in bottom shell but loosen the meat for easy eating.
In a small pan over medium high heat, heat the olive oil. Throw in the onion, red pepper, garlic, chorizo, paprika, and cayenne. Cook until the pepper and onion are soft and the chorizo is browned ,about 5 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the almond meal and 4-5 tablespoons of the reserved clam juice.
Top each clam with a spoonful of filling. Place under broiler for 5-6 minutes or until the topping is nice and browned.
- Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.
Serving Size: 3 stuffed clams
Nutrition Information Per Serving
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You mention almond flour and almond meal in the recipe. Which do I use. I prefer almond flour because I already have it. Looking forward to making this baked clam with chorizo recipe. Thank you so much.
I don’t normally take the time to write a comment on a recipe, but these came out FABULOUS. My husband said they tasted restaurant quality. And I can’t believe that healthy baked clams exist. Only change is that I skipped the chorizo.
OMG what a FABULOUS recipe!!’ I was skeptical at first but now will replace my original baked clam recipe with this from now on. So very delish! Note … I used smoked paprika …. instead
of fresh clams I used I can of drained Minced clams … as a shortcut. It was absolutely delicious. My husband wants to make sure I save this recipe! Thank you so much!
Question: Is the chorizo being used in this recipe Spanish or Mexican; it makes a big difference.
I’m actually obsessed with this recipe. Love the combo of the oysters with the tangy sausage! Great & unique meal!
I love everything about this recipe. Clams are such a great food to eat and you stuffed them with chorizo! Fabulous.
These look just beautiful! Clams are one of my all time favorite foods, can’t wait to try this recipe.
Oh yum, I love clams, this was a wonderful preparation! Great idea to serve them on a bed of salt.
I love this unexpected combination. Your photos are gorgeous! Pinned!
Thanks so much Kimberly!
Oh wow! You definitely can’t pass up clams at that price. Love this dish!
We would absolutely fight over these in my house. Chorizo and clams together, serious deliciousness.
Thanks Christie! My husband and I may have had a little battle over the last one!