Grilled Clams with Corn Relish Recipe

Grilled Clams with Corn Relish

Serves 4

Grilled clams and sweet corn make for a superb summer supper. Enjoy with a crisp, chilled white wine.


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 ears corn
  • 1 small red bell pepper, quartered, seeded, and deveined
  • 1 small green bell pepper, quartered, seeded, and deveined
  • 1/2 bunch green onions, ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste
  • Honey or granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 4 pounds clams, scrubbed
  • 2 - 4 Italian or other housemade sausages (See Cook's Tip)


  1. Clean grill and preheat for medium-high, direct cooking.
  2. Brush olive oil on all sides of corn, bell peppers, and whole green onions to prevent sticking during cooking.
  3. Place vegetables on grill and cook, turning with grilling tongs, until charred ? 2 to 3 minutes for green onions and up to 8 to 10 minutes for corn and peppers, depending on the heat of your grill. Remove to a platter.
  4. When vegetables are cool enough to handle, cut corn from cobs and place in a medium bowl. Dice peppers and cut onions crosswise into thin slices. Add to bowl along with vinegar, salt, and pepper. Taste and add more salt, pepper, and a drizzle of honey, if needed, to balance flavors. Add thyme or parsley. Stir and set aside.
  5. Place clams on grill, close lid, and cook 5 to 10 minutes, until they open. (No need to flip them.) With tongs, remove to one large serving bowl or 4 small shallow dishes.
  6. Spoon relish over clams. Serve warm.
  7. Cook's Tip:
  8. Grilled Sausage Option: Place sausages on grill about 10 minutes before grilling clams. Cook, turning once or twice, until cooked through (internal temperature should register 165°F for chicken or turkey sausage and 160°F for other meats.) Tent sausages with foil and let rest 5 to 10 minutes. Slice and add to dish with grilled clams (Step 5). Top with relish.

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