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Westport Clam Fritters Recipe & Clam Cleaning Guide

Westport Clam Fritters are made from fresh or fresh frozen clams dug right here in Westport Washington.

These Clam Fritters are coated with an easy to make, seasoned breading batter; with chopped fresh veggies and fried in coconut oil. Enjoy this simple, delicious seafood dinner after a clam dig or buy clams from your local fisherman and add to a salad for a quick nutritious meal.

Clam Fritters

Fresh, locally sourced clams make delicious meals like in our Homemade Clam Chowder Recipe. If you’re able to source your own seafood, or support a local fisherman it’s absolutely the best way to enjoy the bounty of our oceans.

Grasses In The Sun
Beach grass and drift wood above Willapa Bay. Near Westport Wa.

We have family down in Westport, WA which is just a few hours south of us. Susie is an avid fisher and a skilled professional in boating and all things coastal living. When we visit she is always educating us on the local sea life, boating, and sharing her favorite recipes.

What’s the difference between Clam Cakes and Clam Fritters?

The terms ‘clam cakes’ and ‘clam fritters’ are fairly interchangeable. Clam fritters tends to be more round and ball shaped, while clam cakes are flatter. The batter, cooking methods, and seasonings are all pretty much the same.

Recipe for Clam Fritters

If you need help preparing and cleaning fresh clams look at the clam cleaning guide and Susie’s YouTube videos links below the recipe walkthrough.

Razor Clams Chopped Up
Razor clams chopped for clam fritters
  1. After your clams are defrosted or fresh cleaned chop them up fine.
  2. Then chop up your preferred vegetables. Green onions are considered must for the best flavor.
  3. Add garlic, peppers and whatever else you prefer.
  4. We had some cooked bacon and threw that in.
  5. Make sure your fritters hold together. Use a stickier fritter batter (maybe add an extra egg) if you’re using a lot of veggies and mince them fine.

The batter can be adjusted by adding more dry batter mix or more eggs to accommodate your ingredients.

Too loose and the fritters will fall apart. Too sticky and they may burn or have uncooked middles.

Clam Fritter Batter
Clam fritter batter
  1. Add in your clams and stir it all up.
  2. Ladle the mixture with a large spoon or ladle into your heated oil with space in between so they form patties as they cook.

The Batter Ingredients

Susie made it clear that the best clam fritter batter recipe depends on the seasonings and flour mix you use.

Trader Joes Seasonings
Trader Joes Every day seasonings. here’s what’s in it
  • We are including the picture of the Trader Joe seasonings used in case you need to improvise.
  • Pride of the West Baking Mix is also recommended for best flavor. (We linked it in the recipe card ingredients list)
Clam Fritters In Coconut Oil
Cooking Clam Fritters in coconut oil

The Oil

Coconut oil is a great choice for this recipe. The medium heat won’t damage the healthy properties of coconut oil. And the flavor of coconut oil is so good in this recipe.

Avocado oil would also work as it’s a heart healthy high heat oil.

Vegetable oil will work but you will lose some flavor and it’s not the best for your health.

Can I freeze Clam Fritters?

Clam fritters freeze well and reheat easily in a toaster oven. If you make extra simply wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, store in an airtight freezer safe bag and pop them in the freezer. They can be frozen for up to 3 months without losing flavor or texture integrity.

How to prepare fresh Clams

Clam fritter recipes with fresh clams require a bit of prep. Fresh caught clams are full of sand and need proper cleaning.

Cleaned Razor Clam
Cleaned razor clam.

Cleaning Fresh Razor Clams

Here is your Fresh Clam Cleaning Guide. Links to Susies videos follow if you need further help.

  1. Throw your live clams into a pot of boiling hot water for 20 seconds or so until they are dead. Be careful not to keep them in too long, we are not intending to cook them.
  2. Remove the clams from the hot water. The shells should open and the clams should pretty much fall out or release with a slight yank.
  3. Hold each clam with the frilled edge up and the digger to the bottom of your hand.
  4. Run the clam under fresh water and cut the tip off (top of your clam) and discard.
  5. Cut up the ruffled edge (called a zipper).
  6. Cut up under the tip (there is a second layer of skin-go under it and cut. videos have details)
  7. Open the clam and lay it on your palm under the running cold water.
  8. This exposes the digger. Cut away the entire bulging digger section including the stomach. Cut the stomach away from the digger and set the digger aside.
  9. Run the opened clam under water and carefully remove the sand from the zipper.
  10. With your thumb carefully slide any remaining sand out of the crevices of the clam. It’s cleaned.
  11. Now return to the digger. Cut it open and wash away all the dirty stuff. Digger is cleaned.

These three short videos take you through the process of preparing fresh caught razor clams from live caught to fully cleaned.

Clam cleaning part one

Clam Cleaning part two

Clam Cleaning part three

Frozen Clams for Clam Fritters

Just defrost the clams to room temperature and chop them into bite sized pieces. Use as directed in the recipe.

Westport Clam Fritters
Westport Clam Fritters made with razor clams dug at Westport Washington.

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Westport Clam Fritters
Yield: 12 clam fritters

Westport Clam Fritters Recipe

This Clam Fritters recipe is made with an easy to make, seasoned breading batter. It includes chopped fresh veggies and the fritters are fried in coconut oil or avocado oil. Enjoy this simple, delicious seafood dinner after a clam dig or buy clams frozen and add a salad for a quick nutritious meal.


  • 4 Cups minced razor Clams
  • 1/2 Cup cooked minced bacon-undrained
  • 8 green onions-minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp.baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/8 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1 tsp.Trader Joe's Everyday Seasonings or equivalent
  • 1/2 Cup All- purpose Batter Mix (Susie recommends Pride of the West brand
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups coconut oil or canola or avocado oil


Clam Fritters:

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add milk, eggs and seasonings to taste.
  3. Sir well until the consistency is like pancake batter.
  4. Add bacon, minced onions and clams (optional mushrooms, rolled oats, peppers, garlic shallots ect.).

Frying instructions:

  1. Heat the coconut oil to a depth of one inch in a large skillet on medium heat.
  2. Spoon the fritter batter into the heated coconut oil and cook till golden.
  3. Flip the fritters and cook until golden.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 452Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 24gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 93mgSodium 1125mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 25g

The oil is used for frying and not evenly divided between the fritters. So the nutritional information is only approximate. You won't get this many calories unless you pour the drippings over a side dish.

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These Clam Fritters are coated with an easy to make, seasoned breading batter; with chopped fresh veggies and fried in coconut oil. Enjoy this simple, delicious seafood dinner after a clam dig or buy clams frozen and add a salad for a quick nutritious meal.

Cathy barker

Friday 28th of April 2023

You need my grandma recipes Westport 1930 you have to many veggies it’s about the clams

Cathy barker

Friday 28th of April 2023

Just got back from my moms memorial service in Westport hit two minus tides you are Susie who family been there over 70 years


Friday 28th of April 2023

Hi Cathy, This is Susie's recipe and it's a humdinger for sure. I'm her sister, Diane. Happy to meet you!


Thursday 3rd of February 2022

Made up a batch loosely following this recipe the other day (had to add an extra egg, extra flour and batter, added in a red pepper, and used Creole seasoning in place of the trader joe's seasoning). I didn't measure out the cups, but used 9 Razor clams.

They were great with tartar and/or sliced avocado on top.


Friday 4th of February 2022

Hi Jeff, Thanks for sharing your experience with this recipe. We love new ideas on how to tweak a recipe. Your ideas sound delicious. Happy Clamming!


Friday 10th of April 2020

Yummy and easy, I used oregon empire clams. I baked them at 375 on baking mat for 30 minutes So easy


Friday 10th of April 2020

Thats a great way to cook them up. Thanks for sharing your experience with this recipe. Have a great day!


Monday 16th of April 2018

I'm clamming this weekend and will make these for the group at our annual potluck. Any thoughts on a dipping sauce for these? Thanks so much!


Monday 16th of April 2018

Hi Lori, What an excellent question! I have an Asian Orange sauce that would be great with these. A sweet chili sauce would also work great. I'd love to know how your group like these and what sauces you serve. Have a great party!

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