Razor Clam Flavor Profile

Razor Clams

Razor Clams have a firm texture, mild brininess and a mild clam flavor. They are usually cut into steaks and served, or diced/ground to use in chowders, fritters, etc. The Pacific Razor Clam is one of the most prized West Coast clams.

Alternate Names

Atlantic Razor Clam (Ensis directus) , Pacific Razor Clam (Siliqua patula)

Razor Clam Description

Razor Clams have long, narrow, elongated shells between 3″ – 6″ long and are considered a “soft-shell” clam.  The Pacific Razor Clam is larger and has a more rectangular shape than the Atlantic Razor Clam.  Live Razor Clams may be open when at rest but should close rapidly if touched.  If they do not close quickly then do not purchase them.

Range & Habitat

Pacific Razor Clams are found commercially from California to Alaska.  Atlantic Razor Clams are found from South Carolina to Labrador, Canada.

Typical Wholesale Products

Whole in shell fresh, shucked fresh, shucked frozen.

Razor Clam Fresh Availability

Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh.  Frozen available all year long.



Nutritional Information

based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving.

* Calories/Calories from fat 127
* Protein grams
* Fat grams 1.7
* Saturated fat grams
* Sodium milligrams 96
* Cholesterol milligrams 58
* Omega-3 grams


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