Although Spanish in origin, this dish is very popular with the Martinez family, especially my mother, who until recently favored traditional Puerto Rican cooking. Mami will ask me to make this dish for her more than once when she comes to visit. There is nothing that makes me happier or prouder than serving a meal I make with my own hands to my parents and watching the happy looks on their faces while they savor it. This is one of my most requested recipes, not just by my parents but by friends as well. The sweetness of the shellfish, the fragrance of the sea, the sparkle of the white wine, and the freshness of the parsley really make this dish sing. Serve with yellow rice or angel-hair pasta.
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 6 to 8 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 bunches flat-leaf parsley, thick stems removed and leaves washed and chopped
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1/3 cup milk
- 12 littleneck clams, cleaned and soaked (see Notes)
- 1 pound sea scallops, preferably “dry” (see Notes)
- 1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
- Kosher salt to taste
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Heat the oil gently in a wide pan with shallow sloping sides (a paella pan works perfectly). Add the garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes, until soft but uncolored.
2. Stir in the parsley and wine, raise the heat to high, and cook until almost all the wine has evaporated.
3. Stir the cornstarch into the milk in a small bowl until the cornstarch has dissolved. Whisk into the pan.
4. Lower the heat, add the clams, scallops, and shrimp, and cover. Cook, shaking the pan periodically, until the shellfish are cooked through, about 15 minutes. The shellfish should be done perfectly at this point. Check the sauce and adjust the seasonings as you like.
Variation: If you are feeling particularly extravagant, you can add the meat from 1 cooked lobster, cut into serving pieces, when you add the shellfish to the sauce.
Nutritional information includes 1/8 teaspoon of added salt per serving.