Steamed Clams in Spanish Cider Sofrito

Steamed clams in a delicious broth with Spanish hard cider and sofrito for a deliciously, healthy dinner or appetizer. You will love dipping bread into the sauce, too.

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Steamed Clams - So easy to make. Perfect for an appetizer or dinner

You better grab some of these healthy Steamed Clams in Spanish Cider and Sofrito Broth before my little one eats them all. You can see her trying to grab one in the photo below. This child loves steamed clams. It amazes me how many she can gobble up. She was so happy to help me take the picture, because she knew I would let her eat the one she was holding.

I also love steamed clams for dinner, because they are so easy. First I put the broth together earlier in the day. Then I pour the clean clams in and cover the pot. A few minutes later, the steamed clams are done. They really are so easy even though they can seem daunting. Once you make them, you will be a clam lover for life. No longer will you fear cooking these delicious mollusks.

These clams are wonderful. They cook so quickly and are gone in seconds.

I developed this broth after eating clams at a local restaurant known for Spanish tapas. I had quizzed our server about the ingredients then came home and made it myself. The key is to get some Spanish hard cider. Hard cider means that it has alcohol in it. Yes, you can use a low sugar regular apple cider if you do not want alcohol in it. You can also use a good quality American hard cider, if you cannot find a Spanish one. Hard cider has become quite popular so it should be fairly easy to find. I’ve been making these throughout the year and finally got a picture to share with you.

These clams are wonderful. They cook so quickly and are gone in seconds.

Feel like you are taking a trip to Spain with these delicious clams. Clams are naturally low fat, low carb and high protein. This recipe is also gluten-free and low calorie. It will taste sumptuous and leave you satiated. Put on a pot of clams and watch them disappear in minutes.

These clams are wonderful. They cook so quickly and are gone in seconds.

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Healthy Clams in Spanish Cider Sofrito

Healthy Clams in Spanish Cider Sofrito

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 268 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 1 lb. Tomatoes roughly chopped
  • ½ medium Onion roughly chopped
  • 1 Green pepper roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • 4 oz. chicken Andouille sausage finely chopped
  • 1 bottle hard apple cider
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 48 clams


  1. Wash clams well. Throw away any that will not close.
  2. In a blender, puree tomatoes, onion, pepper, garlic and vinegar.
  3. In a large stockpot, heat oil over medium heat.
  4. Add sausage cooking until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon onto a plate.
  5. Pour tomato mixture into the pot.
  6. Stir in sausage, hard cider and salt and bring to a simmer.
  7. Add clams and cilantro.
  8. Cover the pot and cook about 10 minutes, or until clams open.
  9. Discard any clams that shells do not open.
  10. Pour into a bowl and serve.

Recipe Notes

 I calculated 7 Weight Watcher Smart Points

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Clams in Spanish Cider Sofrito
Amount Per Serving
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 8g
Protein 29g 58%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,


The sauce for these clams is so good. I could eat these over and over again.

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  1. I love this! I did clams in sake once and it was awesome! I bet this is terrific. Great idea!

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