Fried Clams with a Classic Tartar Sauce


Total Time:
3 hr 11 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive Prep:
3 hr
Cook:
1 min
Yield:
4 first course servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 1 quart fresh shucked clams
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semolina flour
  • 1/4 cup instant flour (recommended: Wondra)
  • Lemon wedges
TARTAR SAUCE:
  • Serve with tartar sauce and lemon wedges.
    • EMERIL'S ESSENCE CREOLE SEASONING (ALSO REFERRED TO AS BAYOU BLAST):EMERIL'S ESSENCE CREOLE SEASONING (ALSO REFERRED TO AS BAYOU BLAST):

      Directions

      1/4 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows
      Tartar Sauce, recipe follows

      Combine the clams with the milk, water and salt and let sit in the refrigerator for several hours.

      In a shallow baking dish, combine the semolina flour, instant flour and Essence.

      Drain the clams and dip in the flour mixture to coat and deep fry at about 365 degrees F until golden brown about 30 to 45 seconds. Be careful not to overcook.

      Drain on clean paper towels and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

      In a bowl, fold together the ingredients. Adjust the seasoning, to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, giving the sauce 1 hour to stand before serving for the flavors to blend. (Note: If using homemade mayonnaise, the tartar sauce must be refrigerated and used within 24 hours.)

      Yield: about 1 1/4 cups

      Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

      Yield: 2/3 cup

      Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch
      Published by William Morrow, 1993.

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