Capt’n Kenny’s Style Fried Clams with Clam Corn Broth, Creamy Cajun Dip and Creamy Tabasco Chipotle Lime Dip.

Capt'n Kenny's Secret Fried Clams recipe.
The recipe from Capt’n Kenny’s Fresh Food Truck.

Fried Clams is one of the most requested items on Capt’n Kenny’s Fresh Food Truck. No matter what time of the season, where or when, fried clams are a feverish request on our truck every season. This recipe is the actual recipe we use on the truck along with two of our dips and a new recipe: Corn Clam Broth that Kenny just came up with. Cooked in the clam juice, the corn absorbs all the flavor from the clams and becomes a perfect side for this delicious dish that can be served as an appetizer, main entree or snacks. We paired it with one of our favorite beers from our friends at Garrison, Seaport Blonde, which is a straw-gold premium ale that has a crisp and refreshingly light all-malt body with delicate hop aromas, and a clean, dry finish. All these flavors compliment and enhance the sweet taste of the fried clams along with the corn clam broth for a superb snack or appetizer on a Sunday afternoon.



Capt'n Kenny's Fried Clams.
5 from 2 votes

Fried Clams with Corn, Cajun dip and Creamy Chipotle Tabasco Dip

This recipe is the one used on Capt'n Kenny's Fresh Food Truck along with a Corn Clam Broth and two delicious dips, one spicy and one mild.

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snacks
Cuisine Maritimes, North Eastern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Capt'n Kenny


Creamy Cajun Dip

  • 1 cup Mayo
  • 2/3 cup Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 oz Horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Lemon Juice

Creamy Tabasco Chipotle Lime Dip

  • 1/2 cup Mayo
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 4 oz Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce
  • 1 Lime Juice
  • 2 tbsp Tabasco Pepper Sauce

Corn Clam Broth

  • 1 cup Clam juice Bottled or natural
  • 2 cups Fresh or frozen (thawed) Sweet Corn Nibblets
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Fresh cracked Pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Tabasco Pepper Sauce

Capt'n Kenny's Fried Clams

  • 4-5 cups Canola Oil for frying
  • 1 cup Corn Flour
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 cups Buttermilk If using frozen clams
  • 24 Surf Clams or Manilla Clams


Creamy Cajun Dip

  1. Wish all ingredients, cover, and chill before serving.

Creamy Tabasco Chipotle Lime Dip

  1. Wish all ingredients, cover, and chill before serving.

Corn Clam Broth

  1. - Melt butter with corn over medium heat.

    - Add clam juice and Black Pepper (optional)

    - Bring to a boil and let it boil for 1 minute.

    - Turn off.

    - Serve in a small bowl.

Capt'n Kenny's Fried Clams

  1. - Pre-heat frying oil to 190 degrees C or 374 degrees F.

    - In a bowl, mix flour, corn flour, salt and cayenne pepper with a whisk and set aside.

    - Shuck the clams by inserting a tip of a paring or clam knife in between the clamshell, then twist the knife, slowly cutting around the seal of the clam, cutting the clam out of the bottom shell.

    - Soak clams in fresh water about 1/2 hour before cooking.

    - Strain the clams and don't discard the water. The clams leak their natural juice which can be frozen for stock or broths. if you are using buttermilk, then discard the buttermilk after soaking the clams.

    - Dry the clams.

    -Dredge the clams in the coating mix using your hands, making sure the clams are well covered.

    - Fry approximately 12 clams at a time for 1 minute. Do not overcook to avoid rubbery clams.

    - Place cooked clams on paper towel to soak up any excess oil.

    Optional: Sprinkle freshly ground sea salt over clams.

Recipe Notes

  • If using frozen clams, soak them in buttermilk for approximately 1 hour.
  • Never use a clam that is already open or broken.
  • When using freshly shucked clams, add some black pepper to the fresh water for the clams to spit out any sand they might contain.

4 thoughts on “Capt’n Kenny’s Style Fried Clams with Clam Corn Broth, Creamy Cajun Dip and Creamy Tabasco Chipotle Lime Dip.”

  1. 5 stars
    We love eating Capt’n Kenny’s food. We had his fried clams one time at the Arichat store and they were to die for. We will be happy preparing them at home! Thank you Capt’n!

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