I am a nut case for fried clams with the belles. Living in Los Angeles, it is almost impossible to find decent fried clams. But, if you are having a major craving, I suggest you contact Ipswich Fish Market. It isn’t cheap, but you get a clam frying kit that actually works.
From their site:
Clam Frying Kit with “The Clam Box” Secret Recipe
“We think the best fried clams on earth are deep-fried at the Clam Box restaurant, located on route 1A in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Now you can make these delicious fried clams at home – anytime – with the Clam Box secret recipe! We’ve created a Clam Frying Kit including a corn flour mix, a plastic sifter, tartar sauce and one quart container of our own Ipswich Shellfish shucked clams. It’s easy. Simply place the clams in evaporated milk, drain, dredge in the secret corn flour mix and deep fry in vegetable oil. Serve hot and dip the delicate little morsels into tartar sauce. So good!”
CLAM FRYING KIT WITH 1 QUART SHUCKED CLAMS
delivered for $129.95
CLAM FRYING KIT WITH 2 QUARTS SHUCKED CLAMS
delivered for $189.95
CLAM FRYING KIT WITH 4 QUARTS SHUCKED CLAMS
delivered for $289.95
The only trick to making decent fried clams is to fry a small amount at a time. If you don’t, you get a clumpy mess.
Fried Clams with the bellies at Home!