by Christopher Jones
Clam juice is broth from clams which is sold in small containers, and to make it, clams are shucked and steamed for a short time. Then it becomes a broth. However, most of the brands do not happen to add any artificial preservatives other than salt.
On the other hand, clam meat is bagged and sold individually. This juice has a sour flavor. You can mostly use it as a flavoring agent instead of using as a juice that you can have as a beverage. If mixed with bisque and clam chowder, it enhances the flavor.
There are some cocktails, namely, ‘Low Tide Martini’ and ‘Caesar’; they need clam juice in them as well.
Sometimes, some brands double the amount of salt in their clam juice. In that case, you have to reduce the amount of salt you are using in your recipe. Before doing that, check the labels on your clam juice bottle.
Nevertheless, while using any brand, add salt in your dish at the very end. Thus, you can determine whether your meal really needs to have extra salt even after putting clam juice in it.
Clam juice comes in handy while making the pastry. You can add this juice with your chowders and soups to make an appetizing dill sauce. For making a usual clam pan sauce, you can use clam juice to deglaze a pan.
You can get clam juice in cans or bottles. You can find them in grocery stores. You can also order it online.
For making extra brightness while heating the liquid for cooking risotto, keep some chicken broth with clam juice somewhere else.
There are a lot of recipes for soups, sauces and seafood chowders that need clam juice as one of the ingredients. If you are allergic to clams or you cannot find it in the grocery store, there are several substitutes for clam juice that almost work as clam juices.
You can use the fish stock as a substitute for clam juice in your recipe. You can get fish stock from grocery stores, and if you want to make it by yourself, you can also do it from fish bones, shrimp shells, fish scraps and fish heads as well.
To do that, at first, you have to simmer around 0.454kg of fish trimmings along with carrot, salt, onion, pepper, the stalk of celery and a small amount of lemon juice in 5 cups of water for 20-30 minutes.
Chicken broth works just fine as a substitute for clam juice. Use an equal amount of water and chicken broth. If your recipe takes 1 cup of clam juice, use 1.5 cup water and 1.5 cup chicken stock. This adds to the necessary saltiness that you could get from clam juice without even adding extra chicken flavor to your dish.
As a substitute for clam juice, you can also use vegetable broth. This substitute is less accurate to some extent than that of fish stock or chicken stock. Most of the cooks refer to using half water and half vegetable broth and adding a little amount of tomato paste. This substitute goes well with seafood stews and tomato-based clam chowders as well.
There are many substitutes for clam juice, for instance, a stock that is made of chicken broth and water along with shrimp shells.
Clam juice is pretty similar to fish sauce or dashi in terms of taste. Hence, you do not need to go to a restaurant to have seafood as you can get the flavor from clam juice.
However, these are not all the applications you can have with clam juice. You can explore all by yourself to know what it can do and what flavor it can add to your dishes and help you recreate something new.
About Christopher Jones
Chris is an avid traveler and a gastronome.
He used to live for years in Europe and has far reached to many humble corners of Asia.
While at it, he never stopped seeking for the local cuisine to try some.
His favorite motto is "how can one live well, travel well, and work well without having good food every time?"
Chris received his MBA at University of San Francisco at the age of 24.