Island Creek Littleneck Clams with Confit Garlic, Chili & Olive Oil


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Where it's from: Cape Charles, VA; New Bedford, MA

Producer: Island Creek

This tin brings a tear to our eyes - not just out of pride for all that our team has cooked up, but for how DELICIOUS it truly tastes. The clams are supremely tender and flavorful with a perfect balance of salt and heat from the chili de árbol. We recommend saving the confit garlic clove for last, eating it when you reach the end of the tin like the worm in a tequila bottle. Bottoms up!

What's Inside?

Ingredients: Littleneck clams, garlic, chili de árbol, salt

What you get: One 4.2oz (120g) tin

Why We Love It

This is not only the VERY FIRST TIN to roll out of our New Bedford cannery, but one that is entirely produced in the USA using 100% traceable product, and that is canned in the European craft style, all by hand. A rarity in the seafood industry as a whole, and certainly in the USA.

How To Eat It

Spread the jammy confit garlic clove on a piece of toast before topping with clams. Maybe pair it with some vinegary pickled dilly beans or peppers. Or pour the whole tin over fresh pasta with a squeeze of lemon. Good luck pacing yourself with this one.

About Island Creek

This humble tin of clams represents so much more than just being the first off the line from our little cannery. It represents years of farming shellfish, dreaming big, eating boatloads of conservas, and most tenderly, friendship. The clams preserved in this tin were farmed by our drinking buddies and aquaculture legends at Cherrystone Aqua-Farms in Virginia. Skip considers the crew at Cherrystone to be some of the realest and baddest MF's in the industry who not only harvest hundreds of millions of shellfish a year, but also operate their own hatchery - another rare and masochistic feat in this field. Their decades of friendship, support, and willingness to collaborate had been incredibly humbling and validating for our own, once small and scrappy, oyster farm. We are honored to present our dear friends' harvest in our very first tin.

⚠ Prop 65 Warning

Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to


How do I eat/serve tinned fish?

Ideally, you can just eat it straight out of the tin—so long as you're buying high quality products (but that's why you're here, isn't it?). For a simple preparation, you can put it toasted sourdough bread or crackers, with a little mustard and pickled vegetables for some balanced acidity.

There are many ways to enjoy this beautiful tradition, if you're looking for recipe inspiration check out this link for some ideas!

How long will it last once I buy it?

Tinned fish lasts a very long time. We generally say it's best to consume the product by the "Best used by" date printed on the tin for best results, however people have been aging tins for generations. These products are completely shelf-stable and should last at least 3-5 years un-opened!

Why is tinned seafood more "sustainable"?

While not unequivocal, there are definitely environmental benefits to tinned seafood. A few reasons include: Increased traceability, shelf-stable, zero food waste, recyclable materials, and lower-footprint supply chains.

Why is an oyster farm selling tinned fish?

Tinning fish is a time-honored way of preserving seafood at peak freshness that has sustained families for generations; not only on the dinner table, but by providing a stable income to small coastal communities around Europe. At one time, tinned fish was even served to inmates in local prisons and was the main protein source for lower income families along remote coastlines. This history is reminiscent of the popularity of oysters here in the United States during the 19th century, when the abundance of wild oysters gave economic stability and affordable protein to working class families for decades until oyster stocks were depleted.

As an oyster farm, we’re diehard evangelists of the benefits of responsible ocean farming. We see aquaculture as an integral part of our future global food system. With the ability to grow shellfish, we reduce the dependency on wild stocks, decrease the excess of nitrogen in our oceans, and create meaningful jobs in coastal communities. Everybody wins.