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How to Make Razor Clam Po’Boys

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Recently, my family and I ventured up north to Seaside, Oregon to dig for razor clams, something my husband and I hadn’t done in years and although our little ones may be experienced cockle clammers, they’ve never had an opportunity to dig for razors until now! 

The whole experience was absolutely perfect! We stayed at The Seashore Inn which is located right on the promenade in Seaside. The Seashore Inn is one of the only family owned boutique hotels left in seaside and has all of the amenities a family can hope for when booking a getaway. They offer a complimentary breakfast, heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, their rooms are pet-friendly and I honestly cannot say enough about how amazing their entire staff was. 

They all genuinely made us feel like family. 

From our hotel it was just a straight walk out from their lobby to the water’s edge – no driving, no transporting a bunch of gear, just a quick walk out to dig for those razor clams. 

And although our little ones are expert cockle clammers, this was the first time they’ve tried clamming for razors so my husband and I showed them what razor clam holes looked like and how to dig them… and how to dig them quickly because those razor clams are fast which is certainly part of the fun. And  the kids had an absolute blast! It was like a treasure hunt on the beach searching for holes with delicious razor clams inside and we found lots of them! 

Since our room at The Seashore Inn didn’t have a kitchen (although I do believe they have a kitchenette option available) we were lucky enough to be invited to the Hillcrest Inn to use one of the kitchens in their adorable cottages to clean and cook our razor clams. 

Those gals over at the Hillcrest Inn have all bases covered when it comes to booking the ultimate Ocean to Table beach vacation. They offer free rentals of all their clamming and crabbing gear and will show their guests how to clean and cook their day’s catch. All you need is a shellfish license and they’ll handle the rest! Plus, as an unexpected bonus, they were the kindest humans I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in a long time. The kindness and hospitality they extended towards my family and I made an already incredible experience one we will always cherish. So if you’re looking for a true Ocean to Table beach getaway in Seaside, just steps from razor clams, look no further than the Hillcrest Inn. Ruth, otherwise known as “the queen of Seaside” will take exceptional care of you and is always happy to answer any questions you may have during your stay, she might even give you some free passes to the Seaside Aquarium too! 

After frying up our morning’s catch in the cutest retro kitchen at the Hillside Inn, we turned those fried clams into a the most delicious Razor Clam Po’ Boy Sandwiches and took them to go for a beach picnic right back in the same location as we dug them! A full circle Ocean to Table dining experience everyone should try! 

I’ve mentioned before that we love our stretch of the central Oregon coast so much that we rarely want to leave, but venturing north for the same picturesque Pacific Ocean and for the opportunity to dig razor clams plus take in all the excitement that Seaside itself has to offer like bumper cars, a massive arcade, elephant ears and even a spot that offers “the best ice cream in Oregon” was a beach vacation we will always remember. Even with all that excitement, it was a unanimous vote that the favorite moment of our beach vacation was enjoying our Ocean to Table picnic on the beach followed by a late night campfire, right there on the sand, together as a family. 

Makes approximately 8-10 razor clams (use 1-2 clams per Po’ Boy)


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Razor Clam Po’Boys

Recipe by Katie Wiley
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Course: Wild Recipes
Servings

4-6

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1 1/2 Tbs. (divided) Johnny’s seasoning salt

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup milk

  • Hoagie rolls and your favorite sandwich toppings

Preparation

  • Heat oil to 375°
  • In one large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1 Tbs. Johnny’s seasoning salt. Whisk to fully combine the ingredients.
  • In seperate bowl whisk together milk and egg.
  • Dredge clams on both sides with the flour mixture, shake off excess flour then transfer to egg mixture, then dredge into panko crumbs.
  • Fry to a golden brown and serve on a lightly toasted hoagie bun with your favorite Po’ Boy fixin’s.

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Katie Wiley

Katie Wiley, also known as The Kitchen Wild has a strong drive to share with the world how simple, fun, and delicious foraging for wild foods can be. She calls the picturesque central Oregon coast home, and lives only a short walk from the Pacific Ocean and Alsea Bay so she’s never far from some of the most delicious and fun-to-gather foods on the planet. Whether she’s pulling up pots of Dungeness crab, catching crawfish with her bare hands or raking for cockle clams she always has her husband and three children right by her side on these adventures and hopes to inspire you to do the same.

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