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Grilled Clams with Garlic Parmesan Basil Butter Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Perfectly portioned, Grilled Clams in foil packets with a garlic parmesan basil butter is the ultimate cookout meal.

Course: Appetizer, Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: seafood
Keyword: cookout, foil packet, seafood, tailgate
Servings: 4
Calories: 369 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 5 pounds littleneck clams
  • 8 tbsp salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 8 lemon wedges
  1. Place the clams in a bowl with cold water and allow to soak for 20-30 minutes. Drain and rinse the remaining sand from the shells.

  2. Shape four large pieces of heavy duty foil into a bowl and divide the shells evenly among the four foil bowls. Set aside.

  3. In a small bowl, stir together the butter, cheese, basil, garlic and lemon zest until thoroughly combined. 

  4. Divide the butter into four equal pieces. Place one piece of butter into each of the four packets and then fold the edges of the foil together to seal.

  5. Place the foil packets on the grill over high heat and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the clams have opened. (You can check by peeking inside the foil packet but be careful because the steam is VERY HOT.)

  6. Once the clams are cooked, remove the foil packets from the grill and serve with lemon wedges and grilled bread, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Clams with Garlic Parmesan Basil Butter Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 369 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 814mg35%
Potassium 337mg10%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 1170IU23%
Vitamin C 117.2mg142%
Calcium 172mg17%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.