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!

20 thoughts on “Almejas (clams) a la Marinera

  1. Kaila says:

    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. Cynthia says:

    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!

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    • Ivette says:

      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! 😉


  3. Amanda Cessford. says:

    Thank you so much for the inspiration! Here in New Zealand we produce some amazing shellfish- it’s great to find some fresh ideas to try. Following!

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