Florida Sunray Venus Clams with Fresh Citrus & Cilantro

This exuberant dish combines the bursting tropical flavors of citrus and cilantro with the Sunshine State’s newest and sweetest clam.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: clams, cooked, cooked shellfish, cream
Servings: 4
Calories: 203
Author: Chef Peter Stefani


  • ½ cup cream heavy
  • 3 tbsp garlic chopped
  • 48 clams farm-raised, sunray Venus
  • 1 cup orange juice from fresh-squeezed Florida oranges
  • 2 cups orange sections Florida
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped


  • Bring cream and garlic to simmer over low heat in a pan large enough to hold clams without crowding. Poach until garlic softens, about 2 minutes.
  • Add clams and orange juice. Cover and steam until clams open.
  • Add fruit sections and heat through.
  • Divide between four bowls and top with cilantro to taste.


Chef Peter Stefani of The Island Room Restaurant at Cedar Cove in Cedar Key, Fla., prepared this recipe for the Romancing the Clam live cooking event in 2009 in Savannah, Ga. It features the Sunray Venus clam, a new cultured product with a sweet meat whose attractive shell has long been popular with shell collectors and tourists in Florida.
Photo Credit: Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 345mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 853IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg
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