Sunny's Easy Fried Cajun Clams

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time5 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the Cajun Clams

2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay
Zest of 2 lemons
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
10 ounces fresh shucked long-neck or soft-shell clams

For the Dredge Mixture

1 cup fine cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
Serving suggestions: lemon wedges, cocktail sauce and tartar sauce

1. In a bowl, add the milk, seafood seasoning, lemon zest, a nice pinch of salt and a few good grinds of pepper. Whisk until the salt dissolves. Add the clams, and then soak in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

2. In a brown paper bag or bowl, add the cornmeal, flour, seafood seasoning, a nice pinch of salt and a few good grinds of pepper. Stir to combine. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove the clams from the bowl, shaking off any excess milk. Drop them into the flour mixture and shake or stir to coat.

3. Place the clams on a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack and rest 15 minutes.

4. In a heavy-bottomed pot, add enough oil to reach 4 inches up the sides. Heat the oil over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer inserted in the oil reaches 185°C. Fry the clams in batches until golden brown, about 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on the size of the clams.

5. Remove from the oil to a paper-towel-lined plate and season lightly with salt.

6. Serve with a spritz of lemon juice, cocktail sauce and tartar sauce, but I'm having it with a side of burger.

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