Almejas (clams) a la Marinera


Today I am making something pretty popular in Spain, Almejas a la Marinera (Sailor’s Clams). When I say marinera, I don’t mean the Italian marinara sauce that contains meat. Marinera, in Spanish, translates to sailors.
I love this recipe, so simple to make and so delicious. If you make it, make sure to have some bread on hand for dipping into the delicious sauce.
          50 littleneck clams ( about 2 Ibs)
          1 yellow onion- diced
          1 clove of garlic- finely chopped
          2 tomatoes- grated
          1 bay leaf
          1/2 cup dry white wine
          A pinch of paprika (optional)
          Fresh parsley- chopped
          Salt and pepper
Place the clams in a big bowl of water for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the diced onion with a drizzle of olive oil in a big pan on medium heat. Once the onion turns brown, add the grated tomatoes, stir, and add the chopped garlic and a sprinkle of chopped parsley. Stir and let it sit for a few minutes. Add the white wine, bay leaf, salt and pepper and paprika. Let it sit for a few minutes.
Add the clams, cover the pan with the lid on and simmer it on medium heat for a few minutes or until the clams pop open. Season with salt and pepper. Not too much salt, or none at all, as you may get enough salt from the clams.


Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and it’s done!
Bon profit!
I am happy to share this recipe with Fiesta Friday!
Almejas (clams) a la Marinera

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Hola y Bienvenido/a! Hello and Welcome! My name is Ivette and I am a dual citizen! Originally, I from Catalonia, Spain but in 2014 I moved to the United States and I currently live in Maryland with my husband Richard (number 1 taster, thank you!), my baby girl Beulah my rescue dig Vicky and my two (big!) cutie cats Pintxo & Pastifa. Full house! I love Spanish food. In Spain there is always something to celebrate, gathering with friends and family… We have THREE dishes at every meal! Yes, 3! You will have a first full dish like pasta and for the second dish you will have fish/meat and then dessert, and after dessert coffee…. When I am in Spain and get together with my family (there are 31 of us!), we can start lunch at 2:30pm and finish it at 7pm… I have always loved cooking. My grandmother it is a great, great cook and I think my love of cooking is because of her. When I was in college, my favorite breaks, were getting into the kitchen and cooking or baking something. I was able to escape the normal daily routine of law school. In this blog, I would like to share some Spanish recipes as well as other delicious recipes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at Bon profit!

20 thoughts on “Almejas (clams) a la Marinera

  1. Love it! Thanks for co-hosting this week! It was neat to learn a little bit more about the word marinara and this dish looks simply divine. I’m sure it’ll be a hit at the party. 🙂

  2. Love it! It was neat to learn a little bit more about the word marinara and this dish looks simply divine. I’m sure it’ll be a hit at the party.:)

    1. Yes!!! Trust me, its perfect for a party, just make it ahead of time, have a baguette and voilà! Everyone will be happy, haha 🙂

  3. Wow – that’s a lot of clams! Your recipe looks great for all the clam lovers out there. The best part is the dipping of bread in that yummy sauce. Thanks for coming to the party.

  4. This dish looks absolutely tasty and looks so fancy for something that is so easy to make! I’m definitely going to keep this recipe in my back pocket for those fancy dinner parties! I’m so glad you came to FF this week!

    1. It´s so easy to make, and you can make it ahead of time as well. Its perfect, but don’t forget the bread because you will need it for the sauce! 😉

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