National Deep Fried Clams Day

It’s the day that seafood lovers will already have marked on their calendars: November 1st is National Deep Fried Clams Day. Enjoyed since the 1840s, this popular seafood has a unique history, so let’s find out more.

What Is National Deep Fried Clams Day?

Ever wonder how fried clams made it onto our plates? Well, it dates back to the restaurants of the 1840s but is recognized as a significant dish served in Essex, Massachusetts. Lawrence Henry “Chubby” Woodman fried them over 200 years ago now.

He served them from his roadside restaurant in 1916, signifying the first record of what is the same method used for serving deep-fried clams. Fried clams became popular from the Soffron Brothers Clam Co., which made clam strips and sold them to Howard Johnson’s. As the chain became more popular, so did fried clams.

Before they are fried, these mollusks are low in cholesterol, but obviously, the frying process increases the calorie content, as they absorb the cooking fat. Iconic to the people of New England, it can be celebrated on July 3rd as it is believed that this is the day they were first served, but most celebrate on November 1st. The reasons are not clear, but we’re not fussed about this, or where they come from since clams are found in both freshwater and seawater.

How To Observe National Deep Fried Clams Day

The best way to observe this day is by tucking into some of these soft delights. Why not pay a visit to your favorite seafood restaurant and grab some from the menu? Take the family and support a small business or make them at home.

They can be served with fries, bread, or other fried pieces of seafood, so make yourself a platter and enjoy. For us, these circular delights are enjoyed with tartare sauce.

When is it?
This year (2024)
November 1 Friday
Next year (2025)
November 1 Saturday
Last year (2023)
November 1 Wednesday
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