On the Menu: Razor Clams

cooked razor clams

It’s razor clam season!

The Pacific razor clam (Siliqua patula) grows along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to California. They are big and meaty, nicely chewy when lightly breaded and pan seared.

According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, razor clams along the Washington coast generally grow to a maximum of 6 inches, although on the coast of Alaska, where the water is colder and the growing season is longer, razor clams can grow up to 11 inches long. Here’s what the clam in the shell looks like:

razor clam in shell

 

Digging razor clams is a popular family activity that requires a state license and is confined to certain times of the year.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife page linked above contains a huge amount of information about this huge clam, including how to obtain a license, what to look for if you go clamming, and how to clean and prepare razor clams, including recipes.

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