Alaskan Razor Clams Make Wonderful Summer Fare

Razonr clams freshly harvested from Alaska beach.
Razor Clams freshly harvested from the beach at low tide in Alaska.
Succulent, flavorful, tender and protein rich are just four words that are often used to describe Alaskan razor clams. Because their flesh is so sweet and versatile, they tend to be coveted by foodies worldwide. Summer just also happens to be one of the best times to eat them.
For those that may not be familiar with the filter feeders just yet, they tend to call sandy tidal beaches home. Experienced fishermen will recognize the Alaskan razor clams by their yellowish brown, oblong exteriors and pearly white interiors. It should also be noted that some of the clams’ interiors may have hints of purple too.

The long, luscious delights are typically harvested from several major areas located between the Bering Sea and Cook Inlet. The adults’ spawning behavior typically begins when the water temperature reaches 55 degrees Fahrenheit. The Alaskan razor clams’ offspring then spend approximately 6 weeks at sea before burrowing into the sand. They typically remain there in depths of 4 to 30 feet above mean low water level. Harvest often takes place at low tide when the Alaskan razor clams are at least 4 years old.

How To Become A Razor Clam Eating Foodie

Wine and bottle served with clams.
When it comes to incorporating Alaskan razor clams into one’s diet, the possibilities are vast. However, one of the more popular options is to quickly pan fry the razor clams after they’ve been lightly coated with a mixture of Panko crumbs and flour. Because of the dish’s inherent sweetness, it tends to pair really well with a glass of Tokaji wine.

Those foodies that prefer a bit of spice sometimes season the tasty meat with a dash of cayenne pepper, sea salt and sweet paprika. Afterward, the spicy pan fried Alaskan razor clams are often served with a dollop of homemade tartar or cocktail sauce and a beer. Of course pan frying isn’t the only way to cook Alaskan razor clams. They may also be tossed into pasta, broiled, baked and smoked.

If you're ready to get started including Alaskan Razor Clams as part of your healthy and sophisticated, delighting guests and impressing friends,  check out our selection which can be delivered fresh to your door in time for that dinner party r just a great meal. Located in one of Alaska’s renowned razor clamming spots, we here at Tanner’s Fresh Fish Processing have a history of selling the best seafood in the state.

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