[Photographs: Vicky Wasik, Sydney Oland, Emily and Matt Clifton]
There may be an outdated delusion that claims it’s best to solely eat uncooked oysters in months that comprise the letter “r” (September by April). I personally really feel fairly comfy consuming them year-round, however it’s true that oysters, plus different bivalves like clams and mussels, are at their greatest within the colder months. We have now 24 recipes that will help you benefit from peak season, from clam chowder 3 ways and oyster stew to French- and Thai-inspired steamed mussels.
One of many trickiest components of working with bivalves is realizing tips on how to prep them, so try our guides to cleansing mussels, shucking oysters, and cryo-shucking clams.

Clams Straightforward, Final Clams On line casino[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Clams on line casino is commonly disappointingly bland—our recipe builds tons of taste by cooking the clams’ juices down right into a bacon-clam compound butter and topping the stuffed shells with bacon bread crumbs. Make sure that to make use of coarse bread crumbs like panko, as a result of finer ones will tackle a texture someplace between moist sand and soggy bread pulp.
Straightforward, Final Clams On line casino Recipe »Again to the total checklist New England Clam Chowder[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Many New England clam chowder recipes use a flour-based roux as a thickener, which may make the chowder unpleasantly heavy. We use potatoes as an alternative, which provides the chowder a lighter (however nonetheless lots wealthy) texture. And not using a roux the chowder goes to interrupt, however a fast journey to the blender will convey it again collectively.
New England Clam Chowder Recipe »Again to the total checklist Rhode Island Clam Chowder With White Wine and Bacon[Photograph: Daniel Gritzer]New England has essentially the most well-known clam chowder, nevertheless it’s not the one sort price contemplating. Rhode Island clam chowder is made with none dairy, which lets the briny taste of the clams shine. We have now no drawback making New England–type clam chowder with canned or frozen bivalves, however right here you are going to need the extra intense taste of reside ones.
Rhode Island Clam Chowder With White Wine and Bacon Recipe »Again to the total checklist Miso Soup With Clams[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

Whereas miso soup virtually at all times begins with a dashi made with bonito flakes, this model from Manhattan’s EN Japanese Brasserie makes use of asari (Manila clams) as an alternative. The brininess of the clams is completely complemented by the funky miso (a mixture of gentle and darkish) and vegetal kombu.
Miso Soup With Clams Recipe »Again to the total checklist Halibut à la Nage With Clams, Dill, and White Wine[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Cooking fish à la nage is a flexible method that entails poaching it in a flavorful broth. We have now recipes that includes salmon and cod, however my favourite is this easy dish of halibut and clams cooked with white wine, fennel, and dill. Because the clams open they launch their juices, giving the broth a carefully briny taste.
Halibut à la Nage With Clams, Dill, and White Wine Recipe »Again to the total checklist Spaghetti alle Vongole in Bianco[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

Spaghetti alle vongole is an Italian traditional made with garlic, briny clams, white wine, and chili flakes. The dish could be made with or with out tomatoes—right here we’re tackling the tomato-free (in bianco) model. One in all our least favourite issues about spaghetti alle vongole is coping with the shells, so we shuck many of the clams earlier than serving.
Spaghetti alle Vongole in Bianco Recipe »Again to the total checklist Korean Clam Sauce[Photograph: Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot]Created as a part of a Korean-inspired twist on spaghetti alle vongole, this clam sauce is made with gochujang, kimchi, nori, and fried onions, garlic, and shallots. The fried alliums are straightforward to search out at Asian groceries, however it’s also possible to make them at house.
Korean Clam Sauce Recipe »Again to the total checklist Pizza With Contemporary Clams, Garlic, Mozzarella, Romano, and Basil[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]A lot of the well-known New Haven pizzerias have began utilizing preshucked clams, however at house, we suggest utilizing contemporary ones—the clams will come out extra tender and the pizza could have a greater taste. Past the clams, we hold this pizza easy: mozzarella, Parmesan, garlic, basil, and chili flakes.
Pizza With Contemporary Clams, Garlic, Mozzarella, Romano, and Basil Recipe »Again to the total checklist Broiled Clams With Tomatoes, Butter, and Tarragon[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]When you may’t be bothered to attend in your oven to preheat, these broiled clams with tomatoes, butter, and tarragon hit the spot. The broiler’s intense warmth browns garlic, bursts candy cherry tomatoes, and cooks briny clams till they pop open. The result’s a flavorful and comforting meal, prepared in 20 minutes.
Broiled Clams With Tomatoes, Butter, and Tarragon Recipe »Again to the total checklist Pacific Razor Clam Chowder[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]This clam chowder ditches the extra conventional Manila clams and onions in favor of Pacific razor clams and buttery leeks. Utilizing contemporary thyme, dry vermouth, and a splash of cream retains this chowder gentle, contemporary, and simply wealthy sufficient.
Pacific Razor Clam Chowder Recipe »Again to the total listOysters Irish Stout Granita With Uncooked Oysters[Photograph: Marvin Gapultos]I at all times suppose it is a disgrace to cook dinner oysters when they’re so good uncooked. Oysters on the halfshell with none accoutrements are already nearly good, however if you wish to add one thing additional, strive serving them with this malty stout granita. We like Guinness Overseas Additional Stout, however any good stout or porter is ok.
Irish Stout Granita With Uncooked Oysters Recipe »Again to the total checklist Grilled Oysters[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]If you are going to cook dinner your oysters, one of many easiest and most scrumptious strategies is to grill them with compound butter—we have got Parmesan-basil and kimchi varieties so that you can strive. The flavored butters do not overpower the oysters, however they do soften their taste sufficient to make this an awesome dish for oyster novices.
Grilled Oysters Recipe »Again to the total checklist Basic Oysters Rockefeller[Photograph: Sydney Oland]Oysters Rockefeller is a traditional appetizer made by baking oysters with wilted spinach, Parmesan cheese, garlic, butter, wine, and crunchy breadcrumbs. The key ingredient is a drizzle of Pernod, which lends the dish a refined anise aroma.
Basic Oysters Rockefeller Recipe »Again to the total checklist Oysters Florentine[Photograph: Sydney Oland]Oysters Florentine retains the spinach, Parmesan, white wine, and bread crumbs from oysters Rockefeller and provides cream for additional richness. The spinach topping could be made a day forward and spooned onto the oysters simply earlier than cooking, making this an awesome dish for entertaining.
Oysters Florentine Recipe »Again to the total checklist Basic Oyster Stew With Fennel[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Regardless of the identify, oyster stew is extra of a soup—it solely takes 20 minutes from begin to end and, due to the shortage of any flour or pork fats, it has a lightweight, clear taste. Don’t be concerned, although—complete milk and butter make sure the dish is comfortingly wealthy.
Basic Oyster Stew With Fennel Recipe »Again to the total checklist Oyster Stuffing With Fennel, Tarragon, and Sausage[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Stuffing hardly ever makes appearances on the dinner desk outdoors of Thanksgiving, however I see no cause to not eat it year-round. My favourite stuffings are made with oysters, which amp up the savoriness of the dish (very similar to fish sauce or anchovies) with out making it overly fishy. Right here we use oysters in a sausage stuffing flavored with fennel and tarragon.
Oyster Stuffing With Fennel, Tarragon, and Sausage Recipe »Again to the total checklist Southern Cornbread Dressing With Oysters and Sausage[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Oysters are simply nearly as good in cornbread dressings as in white-bread stuffings. Do not hassle shucking contemporary oysters for these two recipes—as soon as you have combined them with the bread, sausage, fennel, and different components you will not be capable of style the distinction between contemporary oysters and the preshucked ones you discover in pop-top cans.
Southern Cornbread Dressing With Oysters and Sausage Recipe »Again to the total checklist Oysters Rockefeller[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]We have barely reimagined this decadent New Orleans traditional. The spinach that always tops every oyster is put aside, changed by a mixture of shiny, contemporary herbs. Broiling as an alternative of baking the oysters provides them a stunning browned high with out overcooking.
Oysters Rockefeller Recipe »Again to the total checklist Oysters Oaxacafeller[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]This shiny riff on oysters Rockefeller takes inspiration from Mexican rajas. The usually-underwhelming mixture of wilted spinach and heavy cream is switched out for roasted poblano peppers, Mexican crema, and contemporary cilantro.
Oysters Oaxacafeller Recipe »Again to the total listMussels The Greatest Moules Marinières (Sailor-Type Mussels)[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]Steamed mussels are an under-appreciated weeknight dinner—they’re quick, cheap, and versatile. My favourite preparation is moules marinières, which makes use of a cider-based broth thickened with butter (the extra conventional choice) or garlicky aioli (not conventional however completely scrumptious). Do not forget to select up a loaf of crusty bread to dip into the broth.
The Greatest Moules Marinières (Sailor-Type Mussels) Recipe »Again to the total checklist Steamed Mussels With Thai-Type Coconut-Curry Broth[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]As a testomony to the flexibility of steamed mussels, this recipe strikes to the opposite facet of the world for inspiration. The method is mainly the identical, however we make the broth with coconut milk and taste it with fish sauce, sliced chilies, brown sugar, and do-it-yourself curry paste.
Steamed Mussels With Thai-Type Coconut-Curry Broth Recipe »Again to the total checklist Mussels With Fennel-Saffron Broth[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]Shifting again to France, this recipe is impressed by the Provençal stew bouillabaisse. We incorporate anise flavors 3 ways: contemporary fennel, fennel-flavored dry salami, and a shot of Pernod. Do not skip the saffron—I do know it is costly, however you solely want a pinch and it provides a beautiful complexity to the dish.
Mussels With Fennel-Saffron Broth Recipe »Again to the total checklist Mussels With Chard and Tomatoes[Photograph: Yasmin Fahr]The one hassle with serving steamed mussels as a dinner is that it is a fairly gentle meal until you eat a whole lot of bread (which, to be honest, I’m blissful to do). This recipe provides bulk with out turning to carbs by cooking the mussels with peppers, chard, and tomato. If you happen to’re into spice, then a splash of cayenne or chili flakes could be very a lot at house right here.
Mussels With Chard and Tomatoes Recipe »Again to the total checklist Mussels With Thai Purple Curry Broth and Rice Noodles[Photograph: Emily and Matt Clifton]We return to Thailand for this recipe, flavoring mussels with crimson curry paste, coconut milk, fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar. For a full meal, serve the mussels atop rice vermicelli, which could be ready by soaking in scorching water and due to this fact retains the meal tremendous easy.
Mussels With Thai Purple Curry Broth and Rice Noodles Recipe »Again to the total checklist

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