Spicy Grilled Clams in Foil

This easy to make low-carb grilled clams recipe is the perfect no muss, no fuss way to enjoy some spicy seafood without a ton of cleanup, or carbs!

I don't know about you, but fighting my way through crowds, concession stand food, and overpriced beer and wine is not my idea of a good time. 

Don't get me wrong, there was a day when I really enjoyed going to the games. I would go in the morning, tailgate all day, then hurry into the stadium so I could cheer on my team and wake up the next day with no voice left to speak of (or with). 

I can remember one year, when I was living in San Diego, our team lost in the last round of the playoffs. 

It was horrible, and sad, and so depressing. 

But being the diehard fan I was, I waited at the stadium for the team to fly back into town. 

Their plane was delayed, it started to rain, I got drenched, but it was so awesome to be together with other fans. 

Then the team finally arrived sometime after midnight. They cried at the support shown from the fans. 

I cried because; well because I am just a big ol' sap. But that is a memory I will never forget!

Now I live in the Seattle area and boyyyyyyyy do we love our football! 

But I am older now, and really prefer to watch the games from home and “tailgate” in my own back yard. 

Yes, we celebrate our team. 

There is blue and green everywhere. 

We wear our jerseys, and our beads, and even painted our faces for the big game last year, but it is so nice to have a comfy sofa, instant replays, fabulous food, ice cold beer for those that want it, and of course, my favorite Gallo wines

There are so many to choose from, and I really do enjoy them all, but if I have to choose I will tell you that some of my favorites are their Pinot Noir, Hearty Burgundy, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay.

Since moving to the Pacific Northwest I have become a huge seafood lover. Seattle is known for it. And, what would a tailgate be without a BBQ? A sad little picnic really. So coming up with a dish for this event was a no brainer really.

What comes to mind when you add seafood + BBQ + some fabulous Gallo wine

Well, in my mind, I immediately go to my Spicy Grilled Clams. Gallo Chardonnay is the perfect wine for this delightful dish. The citrus notes, and slight oaky flavor, compliment any seafood really. But it is to die for in these little grilled packets of heaven! The chiles, onions, garlic, and tomatoes, make this recipe a winner every time, and no matter if you are using Gallo Chardonnay as an ingredient alone, or enjoying a glass alongside this dish as well, it is a perfect addition to your home turf tailgate party.

Spicy Grilled Clams

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Published 08/28/2014
Spicy Grilled Clams


  • 2 pounds clams
  • 1 to 2 serrano chiles (depending on the heat level you want)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup Gallo Family Vineyards Chardonnay
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Olive oil (for drizzling)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Crusty Italian bread, thickly sliced


  1. Fill a large bowl with cold water and add the clams to soak, about 30 minutes.
  2. Remove clams from the water one by one and scrub the outside of the shell clean. Tapping any clams that are open against the counter. Discard any clams that will not close.
  3. Lay out 2 large pieces of foil, doubled up, and edges curled to hold in liquids.
  4. On each piece of foil, place 1 pound clams, half of the sliced serrano chiles, half of the garlic, half of the green onions, half of the tomatoes, 1/2 cup wine, 1/2 tablespoon Butter and a drizzle of the olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper. Seal the packages by bringing up all 4 corners then crimping and sealing together.
  5. Place all of the packets on the grill with the lid down for 8-10 minutes, or until all of the Clams have opened.
  6. Drizzle the bread slices with olive oil and place it on the grill until it’s heavily marked then set aside.
  7. Tear open the packets and serve with the grilled bread to dip in the juices
Yield: Serves 2
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Total time: 40 mins.
Tags: clams, serrano chile, garlic, green onion, white wine, lemon, bread, Gallo Family Vineyards, #sundaysupper, fish

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  1. I have never had clams before, but these clams sound delicious and easy to make. Great idea for tailgating.

  2. So nice to see a shellfish/seafood recipe for tailgating (or entertaining). And grilling too which helps keep the kitchen cool when the house is loaded up with guests watching the game.

    1. Yes I love to do as much of the cooking outside as possible!

  3. What a great way to incorporate clams into tailgating at home!! I love your use of the grill for these :)

    1. Thanks Emily. I would have never thought of it without moving to the Pacific Northwest

  4. Well it is exciting to be in the stadium, but the food at home is much better, especially with a fresh dish like this!

    1. Thanks Brianne :) I totally agree it is better to be at home!

  5. I have never had clams, but with your flavor combo, I must try it! Great recipe!

    1. I didn't start eating clams until I moved to Washington. Now I love them!

  6. You lucky duck...I love Seattle! In fact, I'll be there on Friday for the IFBC...cannot wait to have my fill of fresh seafood. I'd love to eat your spicy clams...they look fantastic!!!

  7. Grilled clams?! What a great idea. I looooove clams, I've gotta try this.

  8. Bobbi this looks amazing and so simple to do! I love the foipackets. Perfect for tailgating!

  9. I think I'll have to try this. Sounds delicious!

  10. I have never grilled clams at home before, but it sounds like a delicious and fun idea!!!!

  11. I love this! Perfect for fancy tailgating!

  12. Love yummy clams done like this, great recipe!!!