Steamed clams are most often made using soft- shelled steamer clams. The clam is an excellent source of protein, vitamin B-12 and iron. A serving of steamed clams is 3 oz, which is about 10 small clams. A 3 oz. serving of steamed clams provides 126 calories.
Clams are a good source of complete protein, meaning they provide all nine essential amino acids your body cannot make on its own. Protein in your diet is important to support the growth and repair of all your organs, tissues and cells. A 3 oz. serving of steamed clams provides 21.7g of protein. Steamed clams have a small amount of fat, most of which is heart-healthy polyunsaturated fat. A 3 oz. serving of steamed clams has 1.66g of fat. Steamed clams also provide some dietary cholesterol, which the Institute of Medicine recommends limiting in your diet to reduce the risk of heart disease. A serving of steamed clams has 57mg of cholesterol.
An important part of making clams is to be sure to pick through for any half open clams before cooking, and to rinse them thoroughly. Clams are bottom dwellers, living rooted in sand and they get their nourishment from sucking in itty bitties of water and sand along with it. Thus, they have a tendency to be sandy or gritty if not rinsed well. To rinse, place your clams in a bowl of cold water for about 30 minutes. During that time, the clams will siphon in the fresh water and spit out the sand. Then, make the recipe for steamed clams you most like! Enjoy!