Fried Clam Rolls with a Classic Tartar Sauce

Total Time:
2 hr 30 min
20 min
2 hr
10 min

4 to 6 clam rolls

  • 1 quart fresh shucked clams
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning fried clams
  • 2 cups semolina flour
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour (recommended: Wondra)
  • 1 tablespoon Essence, recipe follows
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 to 6 hot dog buns, for serving
  • 1 recipe Tartar Sauce, recipe follows
  • Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Tartar Sauce:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions or scallions (green part only)
  • 2 tablespoons drained sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon drained capers (chopped, if large)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Combine the clams with the milk, water and salt and let sit in the refrigerator for several hours.

In a shallow baking dish, combine the semolina flour, self-rising flour, and Essence.

Drain the clams and dip in the flour mixture to coat and deep fry at about 365 degrees F until golden brown, 30 to 45 seconds. Be careful not to overcook. (The cook time will vary depending on the size of the clams that you have available.)

Drain on clean paper towels and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

When ready to serve, divide the clams between 4 hot dog buns and serve with tartar sauce to taste and fresh lemon wedges.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Yield: 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch

Published by William Morrow, 1993.

Tartar Sauce:

In a bowl, fold together all the ingredients. Adjust the seasoning, to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, giving the sauce 1 hour to stand before serving for the flavors to blend. (Note: If using homemade mayonnaise, the tartar sauce must be refrigerated and used within 24 hours.)

Yield: about 1 1/4 cups

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