How Much Do Clams Cost?

Clams come in two varieties:  a soft shell and a hard shell.  The hard-shell clams are found on the East Coast and will come in three sizes, while the soft-shell clams have a thin and brittle shell that can’t completely close.  Depending on the geographical area, clams may be available year around.

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How much do clams cost?

Types of ClamsDescriptionAverage Price (per pound)
New Zealand CockleCockles, similar to a manila clam, will have a better quality due to the waters they are harvested from.- $7 to $11 (18-25 clams per pound)
Hard ShellA hard shell can referred to as a little neck, topneck, cherrystone or quahog. All of these clams can range from one to four inches in size and can be great as a half shell or as an appetizer.- Cherrystones: $8 to $15
- Littlenecks: $8 to $13
- Topnecks: $7 to $13
- Quahogs: $6 to $10
ManilaTypically used for steaming, a pound of manila claims will produce 18 to 24 clams. These clams are often consumed as an appetizer or in a salad.$6 to $12 (18-25 clams per pound)
RazorRazor clams will only be harvested during a negative tide, which means it only happens once per month during the full moon.$4 to $8 per pound raw or up to $18 to $21 per pound cleaned
SteamerAlso referred to as soft shell or piss clams. As the name says, the clams will be best steamed, usually with garlic, butter or a white wine.$7 to $12 (15-20 clams per pound)
SurfMeasuring a whopping five to eight inches, a surf clam will have a sweet flavor and can be used in many culinary dishes, ranging from sushi to a chowder.$10 to $13

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