How to Steam Clams in the Microwave

We found this  blog post from Cilantro Cooks and wanted to share it with our readers because it is a perfect recipe for our multi-oven cookware and we loved steamed clams!! shutterstock_7612597

“…sometimes there’s nothing like a plate full of delicious clams steamed and seasoned just the right way. But not in a cooking mood or too busy to take the time? You can still satisfy that craving! Here’s how:

  1. Arrange the clams around the outer rim of a 10 to 12 inch shallow round microwave-safe dish, leaving the center open.
  2. Add 1/4 cup water, beer, or white wine.
  3. Cover with cellophane (plastic wrap) or microwave-safe plate (to make it even easier you can use one of our multi-oven cookware pieces) and cook on HIGH (100%) for 2-1/2 to 5 minutes, or until all the shells have opened, rotating the dish once in the middle of cooking time if necessary. Discard any unopened clams.
  4. Enjoy with cocktail sauce or melted butter and your favorite seasoning! I like to spritz on a little lemon juice right out of the microwave and mix garlic powder with the butter. Yum!

And that’s all there is to it! The best way to double this recipe is to do it in batches, clams are very delicate organisms and will overcook easily.

If this is your first time cooking with clams or steaming, here are some things to keep in mind:

As the clams cook they will release more moisture so be sure not to add too much extra liquid, as this will result in boiling rather than steaming.

If you’re using cellophane to cover the clams, puncture a few small holes or leave a corner open to vent a small amount of steam (but not too much!). This will prevent pressure from building up, otherwise you might end up with a bit of a mess to clean up. (Nautical Scout multi-ovenware to the rescue!)

The clams must be alive or very fresh before cooking as they spoil very quickly. To prep for cooking simply scrub away the sand and grit under cold water. Thump on any that are open and if they don’t close, toss. They are dead and should not be eaten. If you do not plan to cook them right away, you may freeze live clams for up to 3 months.

Please note pregnant women should not consume any shellfish, as they may contain harmful bacteria.”  Posted on cilantrocooks.com. 


Healthy Side Dish – Lemon Garlic Broccoli

Lemon Garlic Broccoli

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Total Time: 8 mins

Prep: 3 mins

Cook: 5 mins

Yield: 2 servings

Level: Easy

Ingredients:

Fresh Broccoli … 2 heads, or 1 bag frozen broccoli florets

Water … 1/4 cup

Olive Oil … 1 tablespoon

Lemon Juice … 1 tablespoon

Garlic … 2 cloves, minced

Salt … pinch to taste

Directions

  1. Add 1/4 cup of water to the base of the Maitre Francais cookware, then place the transparent steamer plate at the bottom. Place broccoli on top, and sprinkle minced garlic over broccoli.
  2. Cover steamer with lid, and microwave on high for about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour lemon and olive oil mixture over broccoli and mix to coat.
  4. Cover with lid and let sit for about 2 minutes
  5. Serve

Lemon Garlic Brocolli


Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Nautical Scout’s   Recipe, in our favorite Maitre Francais collapsible cookware – a healthy start to 2015!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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Total Time: 11 min – 13 min

Prep: 5 min

Cook: about 8 min (for water), or 6 min (for milk) in 1200W microwave

Yield: 2 servings

Level: Easy

Ingredients:

1 apple, cored and coarsely chIMG_3215opped

1 cup rolled oats

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch kosher salt

2 cups of water  (or two cups of milk)

2 tablespoons brown sugar (or maple syrup)

1/4 cup walnuts or pecans, or any fruit toppings you like

Directions

Combine the apple, oats, cinnamon, and salt in the medium Maitre Francais steamer, and stir in water. Cover with lid and heat in the microwave on high until apples are soft and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 8 minutes.

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Add brown sugar or maple syrup or. Divide between 2 bowls and top with the nuts or your favorite toppings. Serve immediately.