We love this dish! My husband will go digging and bring home fresh clams. We use Chicken and Biscuits Crackers instead of Panko for breading. And we serve them on a bed of dressed arugula and/or watercress. Wonderful meal! The kids even like it (without the "leaves").
My brother went clamming this morning, and we had to find a few ways to use them all up...this recipe worked out perfectly! I left the clams in the lime juice for a couple of minutes before dunking them in the buttermilk, and this really brought out an extra tangy flavor in the end. It was a great mix with the very light panko coating. Thank you!
Buttermilk and panko are the secrets. Very good. Here in Washington I've always used Progresso bread crumbs which are good also.