Pork And Clam Stew – Portuguese Style

IMG_0670 As a family we love hands on food, and our kind of culinary fun is getting stuck into the clams, pulling each morsel out, and then sucking the juices that have generously collected inside the shell. I know that this may sound like an odd food combination, but actually it is a popular Portuguese dish. “Carne de Porco com Ameijoas a portuguesa”


An unashamed amount of garlic, paprika, bay and fresh tomato goes into this stew. The best part is, a big bowl brimming with empty shells in the center of the table, and full-satisfied tummies. I think it would be a successful and unusual dinner party meal, with a side of plain boiled or fried potato cubes, and plenty salad.


Adapted from Mimi Jardim’s – Cooking The Portuguese Way In South Africa

Ingredients – Serves 4 -6

  • 1kg pork loin – cubed in bite size pieces
  • 5 tsps. Olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion – finely chopped
  • 4 tomatoes – grated or finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1,5kg clams soaked – in warm/hot water and a little salt, until they open slightly to release grit and sand. Then rinse again

For the pork marinade – to be marinated, half hour – 3 hours before

  • 15ml paprika
  • 7 peppercorns
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 6 garlic cloves – crushed
  • 250ml white wine
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 chilli – finely chopped – optional
  • 1tsp salt


Recipe –

  • Mix together the ingredients for the marinade
  • Add the pork cubes and leave for as long as possible
  • Drain the pork, reserving the marinade
  • Heat up the oil and fry pork until browned
  • Add the onions, tomatoes and parsley
  • Add the marinade and simmer for 15 minutes
  • Season
  • Add the soaked clams, cover and cook until the clams open – about 10 minutes
  • Serve with some fresh parsley on top


Dee’s notes –

  • I have been in a rush and made this recipe without leaving the pork to marinate in the sauce for long and it still works well. Obviously it better to leave it as long as possible.


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