How to Cook Mussels & Clams Together

by Sara Kaiser

Mussels and clams can make a satisfying and delicious meal when you crave shellfish. Steaming mussels and clams requires an adequate amount of preparation time, but little cooking time. Try the following steps for a tasty shellfish meal.

Start with about 3 pounds of clams and mussels. Scrub your clams and mussels with a stiff brush under cold running water. Discard any clams or mussels that do not close when you tap the shell. De-beard the mussels by puling the threads from the shell.

Soak the clams and mussels in a mixture of 1/3 cup salt to 1 gallon of water for 20 minutes. Drain the water, then repeat this step two times.

Place about 1 cup of water in a large stockpot. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then add the clams and mussels, cover the pot, and steam for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the claims and mussels have opened. Remove the mussels and claims from the pot with tongs.

Cut the steamed clams and mussels out of the shells with a utility knife and serve.


  • For additional flavor, try using garlic and cooking wine. Before steaming the clams, saute a few cloves of garlic in olive, oil then add about a cup of white wine. Add the shellfish, cover and steam until shells open. You can serve the shellfish over pasta or with melted butter, a lemon wedge and crusty french bread.

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About the Author

Sara Kaiser holds a Master of Science in nutrition from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She works to help others find happiness in health in her career as a health coach and yoga instructor.