Indulge in the coastal flavors of Galicia with our exquisite dish, Almejas a la Marinera. Fresh clams simmered in a vibrant marinara sauce, infused with the essence of the sea and the robust spices of Spanish cuisine. Each bite offers a taste of the region's rich maritime heritage, complemented by the warmth of garlic, the brightness of tomatoes, and a hint of Spanish paprika. Served piping hot, this classic Galician recipe promises to transport your senses to the sun-kissed shores of Spain.


  • 2 pounds fresh clams, scrubbed clean
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes (or passata)
  • 1 teaspoon Spanish paprika (pimentón)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Crusty bread, for serving


1- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

2- Stir in the minced garlic and diced bell peppers. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the peppers are slightly softened.

3- Pour in the white wine and bring to a simmer. Let it cook for a few minutes to allow the alcohol to evaporate.

4- Add the crushed tomatoes and Spanish paprika to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.

5- Carefully add the cleaned clams to the skillet. Cover with a lid and cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until the clams have opened. Discard any clams that do not open.

6- Once the clams are cooked, sprinkle chopped parsley over the top for garnish.

7- Serve the Almejas a la Marinera hot, directly from the skillet, accompanied by crusty bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

Enjoy your taste of Galicia with this flavorful and aromatic dish of clams in marinara sauce!

Nutritional Values :

Fresh clams (2 pounds):

  • Calories: 340
  • Protein: 50g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 0g

benefits : Excellent source of protein, low in fat, rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, and vitamin B12, which are essential for overall health and well-being.

Olive oil (3 tablespoons):

  • Calories: 360
  • Fat: 42g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Protein: 0g

benefits : Contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties, supports cardiovascular health, and may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.


  • Calories: 44
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 2g

benefits : Rich in antioxidants, vitamins C and B6, and fiber, may help boost immunity, improve heart health, and regulate blood sugar levels.

Garlic (4 cloves):

  • Calories: 16
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 0g

benefits : Known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties, contains sulfur compounds that may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and may have immune-boosting effects.

Red bell pepper:

  • Calories: 37
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Fiber: 3g

benefits : High in vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber, supports immune function, eye health, and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Green bell pepper:

  • Calories: 30
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 3g

benefits : Good source of vitamins A, C, and K, antioxidants, and fiber, supports healthy digestion, immune function, and may have anti-inflammatory effects.

Dry white wine (1 cup):

  • Calories: 120
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Alcohol: 15g

benefits : Contains antioxidants like resveratrol, may have cardiovascular benefits in moderation, and adds flavor to dishes.

Crushed tomatoes (2 cups):

  • Calories: 100
  • Protein: 4g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 4g

benefits : Rich in vitamins C and A, antioxidants, and lycopene, may support heart health, vision, and skin health.

Spanish paprika (1 teaspoon):

  • Calories: 6
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fiber: 1g

benefits : Contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, adds flavor and color to dishes, and may have potential health benefits such as improved digestion and pain relief.

Salt and pepper: Negligible caloric value

benefits : Used for seasoning, may enhance the flavor of dishes, but should be consumed in moderation due to their sodium content.

Fresh parsley (2 tablespoons):

  • Calories: 1
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g

benefits : Rich in vitamins A, C, and K, antioxidants, and may have anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects, supports bone health, and freshens breath.

These values are approximate and can vary based on factors such as the specific ingredients used and cooking methods.


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