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Asari Butter Japanese Sake Steamed Clams

Asari Butter

Asari butter is a Japanese style stir fried clams dish with sake and finish with a knob of butter. It a very straightforward dish and is extremely easy to prepare. It is very flavourful and goes well with rice.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people
Calories 108 kcal


  • Wok
  • Mixing Bowl


  • 1 kg Clams
  • 2 tbsp Mirin
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Sliced
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1 stalk Spring Onion Sliced
  • 1 wedge Lemon


  • De-grit the clams (if required) by soaking the clams into water with some salt and let sit for about 15mins or longer then drain the clams of water.
  • Prepare by slicing garlic and heating up a pan with a lid till hot.
  • Add Oil and saute garlic until aromatic. Add in butter, soy, mirin and the clams and cover the pan and let steam through until all the clams are cooked.
  • Serve with garnish of lemon and spring onions.


  • You can use any type of clams
  • Make sure to soak clams in salt water at cold or room temperature to remove any soil or sands before cooking 
Keyword sake, seafood, stir fry