These flavorful grilled clams are perfect for an easy alfresco dinner party. If littlenecks aren't available at the seafood counter, try steamer, Manila, or cherrystone clams. Avoid chowder clams, which are too big for this recipe. Serve with grilled bread, a big salad, and the remaining white wine for a satisfying warm weather supper.

Pam Lolley and Robby Melvin


Credit: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

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20 mins
30 mins
Serves 6


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  • Stir together first 8 ingredients in a bowl until well blended.

  • Preheat a grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F). Cut 12 (12-inch) squares of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place 6 of the foil squares in a single layer on work surface, and set aside remaining 6 squares. Place 10 clams on each of the 6 foil squares on work surface. Top each clam mound with 2 lemon wedges, 1 thyme sprig, and 1/4 cup of the butter mixture. Carefully pour 2 tablespoons wine over each mound. Top each with 1 of the remaining 6 foil squares; tightly crimp all sides.

  • Place sealed foil packets on unoiled grates. Grill, covered, until clams open, about 10 minutes, rotating halfway through grilling time. Discard any clams that do not open.