Cooking Portugal

Cooking Portugal

Razor Clams

Razor Clams is one starter that people love, especially during the hot season. Portuguese love simple food and in general, most of the recipes don’t have any special secret to cook. In fact, in most Portuguese gastronomy, you will find that dishes have a shortlist of ingredients.

You will be happy in the summer, near a seaport or a fisherman village that they have available. Of course, you will find it also in the main cities such as Lisbon or Porto. Drink a fresh white or green wine as a food and wine pairing.

Razor Clams, Portugal

Razor Clams


The recipe will serve 4 persons. 

  • 500 g of razor clams
  • 1,5 dl of olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Salt ( your preference, more or less salt)
  • 1 chili (optional)

Note that chili is optional according to the preference of the people you will serve. However, in Portugal usually we add it.


Put the ( razor clams ) lingueirões with the points upwards, in water with coarse sea salt for about two hours, to leave any sand that they may have.

Drain and rinse them under running water before cooking.

In a frying pan add the oil, the 4 garlic cloves cuted into slices, and the chopped chili, over high heat.

When it starts to boil, be careful not to let the garlic burn, add the razor clams, and cover the pan.

Shake the pan and, when the clams are open, add the coriander and remove from the heat.

Add a little lemon juice and serve immediately, decorating the remaining sliced lemon.

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