Baked Stuffed Quahogs or Clams (Rhode Island Style)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins

Quahogs as we call them in RI are actually large chowder clams. These are delicious but take a little time to prepare. You can make these ahead and freeze them until you are ready to bake and eat. I'm Italian and this is a favorite for our Christmas Eve fish dinner - but we also enjoy them during the summer! YUM!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Shuck quahogs/clams. Chop quahog meat into bite size chunks and set aside. Save shells and juice. You should have 24 shells for 24 "stuffies". Scrub the shells clean before stuffing.
  3. Melt 1/2 stick of butter and saute celery and onion on medium low heat for about 5 minutes. Add white wine, remaining butter and clam juice and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes to reduce liquid just a bit and butter is melted. Add chopped quahogs and remove from heat. Strain and separate liquid from solids - do not toss anything!
  4. In a large bowl add stuffing, pour liquid on stuffing. If stuffing is dry add more of the clam juice. Stuffing should have a sloppy soupy consistency.
  5. Add clam and veggie mixture to stuffing. Remember stuffing must be soupy because when it cooks the liquid will dry up.
  6. Add 1 T Old Bay at a time, mix and taste - if you need more flavor add a little more. Be careful - Old Bay is salty.
  7. Place shells on a large pizza/cookie sheet. Spray each with a little oil spray to prevent stuffing from sticking.
  8. Scoop a large amount of stuffing in each of the quahogs - you may be able to use all 24 shells.
  9. A few things to remember - do not over cook quahogs in pan w/veggies, stuffing must be soupy - if it's dry add a little more clam juice, be careful with the Old Bay. This a an easy recipe, but it took me a couple of times before I perfected it.
  10. I put 35-40 minutes for cooking - but when the stuffing is set and the top is crunchy and brown - they are done!
  11. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

Well I have to say I like most or these recipes. But we have a problem I lived in Newport R.I. For 40 yrs. now folks that is not a stuffie at at all stove top stuffing, move out the state please. Go to point Judith and try to sell these. Get that recipient off the Webb. Cabinetfrankie@ hot I give you true stuffie recipe.

cabinetfrankie November 21, 2016

This recipe is a disaster! Too much bread stuffing, too much clam juice, too salty. I don't recommend that anyone make this recipe, but if you do, reduce the bread stuffing to 8 ounces, instead of 16. But don't waste your time with this one. Try Hilda's Stuffies instead. You won't be disappointed. They are delicious!!

Anonyma July 30, 2014

Sorry,......No Chorizo, this is not a RiI Stuffed Quahog!!!!!!

hall78 June 21, 2014

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