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I almost didn’t tell you guys about these, but…

Grilled Clams with Charred Jalapeño Basil Butter | @hbharvest

That BUTTAH…it’s just too good not share.

This is one of those recipes that’s barely a recipe. I mean, basically the recipe is for the butter. It’s literally clams and butter. Simple as that, but the clams?? They could not be better.

Grilled Clams with Charred Jalapeño Basil Butter | @hbharvest

Personally, I think the only way I can handle clams is one, if they are covered in cheese – like on a seafood pizza, two, served with pasta in a creamy and or buttery sauce, or three, just completely covered in butter.

I know, sounds so healthy right?? Right.

No but, see, I really only made clams for the first time last year and I really enjoyed them…in pasta, but I kind of needed something to drown out their fishiness, or maybe claminess is the right word. Does that make sense?? I grew up with a fish and seafood hating mom, so I always thought that fish and seafood were BAD. It wasn’t until I started cooking myself that I realized that fish is actually GOOD! But, I still have a little bit of a hard time with the fishy, fishy, fish and the slimier of the seafoods. I feel like some of you may understand this?? No?

Grilled Clams with Charred Jalapeño Basil Butter | @hbharvest

The point here is, I need butter, and a lot of it, with my clams. Also, I would prefer to pair it with some delicious sweet corn for chomping on, and some nice crusty bread for dipping!

Yeah, sounds like the perfect cookout meal to me.

Ok and speaking of cookouts, Father’s Day is coming up. Ahhh, gift suggestions for a guy who doesn’t like gifts…or really even Father’s Day?

I know, what?! I have a hard one to shop for, I mean you guys, he’s not even into golf. What dad isn’t in golf?? Well, he used to play, a long long time ago, but seven kids kind of put the kibosh on that one.

Back in Ohio he used to play handball everyday after work, but living in the mountains, there are not many people who play, so that means I can’t even get him those special gloves, shoes or bouncy blue balls. He’s really just a simple guy. Basically he gets excited about planting me a garden, going to the gym to lift and fixing things. Yeahhh.

Dads are odd, am I right?? Each one is different, but it seems like every story I hear about dads and their daughters are quirky ones.

But really, what do I get him? Maybe a book on gardening? That just seems so lame…

Grilled Clams with Charred Jalapeño Basil Butter | @hbharvest

The good news for me is that I shared some of these clams with him and he did say they where incredible. So maybe I’ll just remake them and call it a day? Yeah, these clams and these pops OR these bars (cause he loves them both so much).

I do always say that food is the very best gift you can give. Money buys a lot, but if you have a happy stomach, you are golden.

Grilled Clams with Charred Jalapeño Basil Butter | @hbharvest

This recipe requires only eight ingredients (including the salt) and takes maybe 10 minutes to prep. You only need to use the grill – no inside cooking, yes!! This also means that dirty dishes are minimal, like so minimal… double yes!

If you do not have a grill, the clams can just as easily be cooked in a skillet or steamed, and the jalapeños for the butter can be charred under the broiler.

Oh, and before I go, I just have to say that the butter can not only be used for these clams, but can also be used for so many other dishes as well. Think corn, steak, any seafood, bread, veggies, almost anything, it’s SO GOOD!

Grilled Clams with Charred Jalapeño Basil Butter | @hbharvest

Grilled Clams with Charred Jalapeño Basil Butter.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 807 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 2-4 pounds littleneck clams rinsed + scrubbed
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened, 8 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-4 ounces blue cheese crumbled


  • To make the Jalepeno Basil Butter, preheat the grill or grill pan to high heat.
  • Once the grill is hot, add the jalapeños and charr all over, about 2 minutes per side. Once charred, remove from the heat and place in a bowl to cool, cover with a dish towel. Once cool enough to handle slice the jalapeños in half, remove your desired amount of seeds and then finely dice.
  • To a bowl mix together the softened butter, jalapeños, honey, basil, zest of 1 lemon and a pinch of salt. Mix until combined and then fold in the blue cheese (if using). The butter can be store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Before serve, leave the butter on the counter to soften or lightly melt over the stove.
  • To make the clams, preheat the grill to high. Once hot, add the clams in a single layer, cover and cook until the clams open, about 5-10 minutes. Discard any clams that do not open. Toss the hot clams with the jalapeño butter and serve with more butter, toasted bread and corn. Enjoy warm!


*If you are making 4 pounds of clams, you might want to think about doubling the butter. You do not need to, but if you, or whoever you are serving, likes a lot of butter with their clams than doubling the butter recipe might be wise. **If you do not have a grill, the clams can just as easily be cooked in a skillet or steamed. The jalapeños for the butter can be charred under the broiler.
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Grilled Clams with Charred Jalapeño Basil Butter | @hbharvest

So tonight? This weekend?? Backyard BBQ? Grilled Clams with Charred Jalapeño Basil Butter – do it.

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  1. Not a clam fan, but that butter sounds fab! I’ll be making that to slather on biscuits… All the biscuits…

  2. These clams look epic! I am all over anything that allows me to consume jalapeño basil butter :).

  3. Love, love, love these photos! The way you styled the clams with the newspaper and beer bottle is so freaking cute!

    1. Oh my gosh, THANK YOU! I actually hated these photos and almost didn’t post then, so this totally made my day! 🙂

  4. My dad is exactly the same-would get more excited about a trip to Home Depot than a fancy gift, so I try to keep them small and sentimental. Car air fresheners with personalized pictures were a huge hit (check Etsy). I’ve also done a small photo book from MyPublisher, added new music to his iPod, car wash gift certificates, and also just baked him a batch of shortbread because he’s a Cookie Monster. Every year I fight with myself to realize that the gift isn’t really important (but the card is. It so is!)

  5. Sounds like summer has indeed arrived with the Jalapeño Basil Butter! All those good things together, and lathered over roasted corn on a hot afternoon – ahh…

    I’m new to your blog, and I’m SO impressed with your beautiful photographs & compositions! Always a joy to see! Excellent!

  6. Such a cute idea! Guys are SO hard to buy for so I think cooking him a great meal is a great alternative! I mean who doesn’t love food?!

  7. Ok Tieghan, now this is one I will definitely be serving at the beach house kitchen! Love that jalapeno butter! I need lots of butte on my clams too and my husband Tom loves clams. Since he just got his cholesterol checked and doesn’t have to be on his best behavior eating-wise for a bit it’s a free-for-all and he’s going to love these for Father’s Day! I think your dad will love the pops AND the bars, but with 7 kids and all he may deserve the cake of all cakes….the Brooklyn Blackout cake!

  8. I’ve never tried making clams before because I’ve always been a little intimidated by said clamminess and the fact that most of my family would never try them, but now you’ve totally got me psyched up to just do it! This recipe may be simple but it looks awesome!

  9. I want to try this so bad I’m crazy for clams! But jalapeños are almost impossible to find here..
    We usually make clams on a pan with olive oil, garlic, and cilantro to finish if the clams are good it give’s you an awesome sauce and I believe it can change your mind about clams 😀
    On father’s day i always give my dad a chocolate mousse, every year the same… so I can relate.

  10. Contrary to you, I like my fish fishy and my clams clammy!! I love clams, actually, and my prefered way of cooking them involves lots of good portuguese white wine, good portuguese olive oil and loads of garlic… but this seems good too!! Yum!