Razor Shells in Red Wine & Honey

Razor shells are long thin clams that look like the old-fashioned razors.  They are found on the sandy beaches of Northern Europe, Eastern Canada  and South America. They live under the sand, with coarse sand as their favorite habitat. Their meat is tender with a mild flavor and they are a great ingredient for soups, sauces or pasta dishes. They also make for good hors d’oeuvres. Not to worry if fresh shells aren’t available where you live. There’s always the option to order them shelled and packaged from gourmet food companies like Geomar of Chile. Which is what I did.

This simple recipe uses shelled and packaged razor shell meat boiled in red wine and honey. It’s great as an appetizer. Tip: Save the extra wine and honey sauce for your next meat dish!


1 can razor shells (3.2 oz)

2 cups red wine

1/3 cup honey

1 tbsp corn starch

Salt & pepper to taste


Season razor shell meat with salt & pepper to taste and place in a small sauce pan

Add red wine

Bring to a boil until half of the wine has evaporated

Reduce heat

Add in honey

Add corn starch dissolved in small amount of water

Stir well and let simmer for 10-15 minutes

Turn off heat

Serve with steamed vegetables like asparagus

(Makes 2 servings)


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