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Spicy Spanish Clams with Tomatoes

These Spicy Spanish Clams with Tomatoes are seriously one of the best seafood tapas dishes ever. Loaded with an array of flavors, above & beyond easy to make and it all comes together within 25 minutes. Serve it as an appetizer or pour it over some pasta for an incredible dinner.

Spicy Spanish Clams with Tomatoes

To make this dish I used fresh clams from the north of Spain, but you can use any type of fresh clams that you like. I also used canned diced tomatoes for the sauce, but you can use fresh tomatoes if you prefer. However, when tomatoes are not in season, canned tomatoes are always the answer to enjoy this dish all year round.

Spicy Spanish Clams with Tomatoes
Besides the clams, the secret to this dish is the paprika. I used a combination of sweet smoked Spanish paprika and hot smoked Spanish paprika. The sweet paprika adds a smoky and sweet flavor, while hot paprika is the one that adds the beautiful spicy kick to this dish.

Spicy Spanish Clams with Tomatoes
Both of the Spanish paprikas I used in this recipe where from The Spice House. Seriously, some of the best Spanish paprikas I have ever tasted. **HIGHLY RECOMMENED**. So whether you enjoy this dish as a tapas appetizer or as a main course with some pasta, these clams are guaranteed to impress just about everyone.

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:
Swiss Diamond Pan
Sweet Smoked Spanish Paprika
Hot Smoked Spanish Paprika

Watch the Video Below on how to make these Spicy Spanish Clams with Tomatoes

Spicy Spanish Clams with Tomatoes

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1 lbs fresh clams 500 grams
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1/2 tsp hot smoked Spanish paprika
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch black pepper


  1. Finely mince 3 cloves of garlic, finely dice 1/2 of an onion and rinse 1 lbs (500 g) of cleaned fresh clams under cold running water, shake off any excess water once rinsed

  2. Heat a fry pan with a medium heat and add 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, after 2 minutes add the diced onions & minced garlic and mix around with the oil, after 3 minutes and the onions are translucent, add in 1/2 tsp of sweet smoked Spanish paprika & 1/2 tsp of hot smoked Spanish paprika, quickly mix together until combined and then add in a 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes, 1 tbsp of freshly chopped parsley and season with sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper, mix together until well combined and let it simmer

  3. After simmering the tomato sauce for 5 minutes, add the clams into the pan, mix together so the clams are fully bathing in the tomato sauce, once well mixed place a lid on the pan and lower the fire to a low-medium heat

  4. Between 6 to 8 minutes after placing the lid on the pan remove it, all the clams should be open, discard any that did not, remove the pan from the heat and serve directly from the pan, sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley on top and serve with a crusty baguette, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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