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Grilled Clams with Cocktail Butter - Volcanic Selections

Grilled Clams with Cocktail Butter

By June 24, 2020 October 6th, 2020 15 Comments

Whether preparing as the main course or serving as a pre-dinner snack, grilled clams with homemade cocktail butter always promise a good time. While delicious on their own, the dish truly comes to life when served alongside a rich yet balanced bottle of Chardonnay. For a simple way to elevate your next evening snacking sesh, look no further than this straightforward recipe.

Grilled Clams with Cocktail Butter (Serves 2-4)

Pair with: West County Chardonnay

Grilled Clams with Cocktail Butter (Serves 2-4)


  • 2 dozen small clams (Little Necks or Steamers, scrubbed)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted batter
  • 2 tablespoons grated horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. Prepare a charcoal or gas grill to medium heat, around 350-degrees. 
  2. Place clams into a large cast-iron skillet and cover. Place on grill grates. Steam clams until they are all open (around 6-8 minutes). Discard any cams that do not open. 
  3. While clams are steaming, prepare cocktail butter. Place all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a low simmer. Whisk to combine.
  4. Serve hot grilled clams with melted cocktail butter for dipping.

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