Fried Spicy Ipswich Clam Rolls

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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4 dozen Ipswich clams, shucked

1/2 cup hot sauce

1 cup milk

1 cup yellow cornmeal

1 cup all-purpose flour

Creole Seasoning, recipe follows

Tartar Sauce, recipe follows

4 white rolls (about 6 to 8 inches long), brushed with butter and toasted

2 cups Maw Maw's Slaw, recipe follows

Creole Seasoning:

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 large egg*

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/2 cup chopped yellow onions

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves

1 tablespoon capers

2 tablespoons chopped green onions



1 cup vegetable oil

Maw-Maw's Slaw:

1/2 pound white cabbage, shredded (about 2 cups)

1/2 pound red cabbage, shredded (about 2 cups)

1/2 pound assorted greens, such as mustard greens, collards, or spinach, trimmed, washed, and shredded (about 2 cups)

1 cup thinly sliced red onions

1 cup chopped green onions, green parts only

1/2 cup chopped parsley leaves

1 cup homemade mayonnaise

1/2 cup Creole or whole-grain mustard

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

2 teaspoons sugar


  1. Preheat the fryer.
  2. Season the clams with Creole seasoning. In a mixing bowl, add the clams, hot sauce and milk. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove and drain completely. In a shallow bowl, combine the cornmeal and flour. Season with Creole seasoning. Dredge the clams in the seasoned flour, coating each clam completely. Fry the clams, in batches until crispy and golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the clams from the oil and drain on a paper-lined plate. Season with Creole Seasoning.
  3. To assemble, spread the tartar sauce on both sides of each roll. Arrange 1 dozen clams on 1 side of each roll. Top the clams with Maw-Maw's Slaw and serve.

Creole Seasoning:

Yield: 2/3 cup
  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Tartar Sauce:

  1. Place the egg, mustard, onions, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, capers and green onions in a food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt and cayenne. With the processor running, pour the oil through the feed tube in a steady stream. Cover and let sit for 1 hour in the refrigerator before using. Best if used within 24 hours.

Maw-Maw's Slaw:

Yield: 8 servings
  1. Place the white cabbage, red cabbage, greens, red onions, green onions, and parsley in a large salad bowl. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, salt, black pepper, cayenne, and sugar. Mix well. Add the mixture to the greens and toss to mix thoroughly.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve chilled. The slaw can be made 3 hours ahead.