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Rhode Island Clam Cakes

Crisp and light, bursting with plump clam morsels, these Rhode Island Clam Cakes are the ideal after-beach snack.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Keyword: Clam cake recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 145kcal
Author: Jennifer Trainer Thompson


  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup beer, needn’t be fancy
  • 1 1/2 cups minced clams
  • 1/2 cup clam broth
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • Mix together the chives, parsley, Old Bay, salt, pepper, flour, baking powder, garlic, and cayenne.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and beer, then add the clams and broth.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  • In a heavy skillet, heat oil (2 to 3 inches deep) to 360 deg. F (185 deg. C).
  • When the oil is hot, drop a tablespoon of batter at a time and fry until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Fry just a few at a time.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.


Used with permission from Fresh Fish: A Fearless Guide to Grilling, Shucking, Searing, Poaching, and Roasting Seafood by Jennifer Trainer Thompson, Storey Publishing, 2016. Photography by Keller & Keller.