Grilled Clam and Pepper Kebabs

These simple but vibrant clam and pepper kebabs are from the Hama sushi restaurant in Venice, California.


Grilled Clam and Pepper Kebabs

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: 8 kebabs
  • Method: Direct Grilling
  • Equipment: About 8 short (6- to 8-inch) bamboo skewers


  • 1 pound geoduck clam meat
  • 12 to 16 ounces shishito peppers, 3 to 4 cubanelle peppers, or 2 green bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons Asian (dark) sesame oil
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea)
  • 2 tablespoons shichimi or Pepper Poppy Sesame Blend (see step 3)
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • Crusty bread, for serving

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Cut the clam meat into 1-by-1/2-by-1/4-inch pieces. If using shishito peppers, stem them (if using cubanelle peppers or green bell peppers, cut them into 1-by-1/2-inch pieces). Thread the clams and peppers onto skewers, alternating pieces of each. Lightly brush each kebab with sesame oil and sprinkle with salt.

Step 2: Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high.

Step 3: When ready to cook, place the kebabs on the hot grate. Grill the kebabs until the peppers are lightly browned and the pieces of clam are just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side, turning with tongs. When done the clam pieces will be lightly browned at the edges and firm to the touch. Transfer the kebabs to plates or a platter, sprinkle with the shichimi (or Pepper Poppy Sesame Blend), and serve at once, with lemon wedges and crusty bread.

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