How to Cook Geoduck Chinese Style with Steamed Garlic Paste

how to cook geoduck

Geoduck, renowned in Chinese cuisine for its sweet, firm texture, is the centerpiece of our culinary exploration. Learn how to cook geoduck Chinese style, pairing it with aromatic steamed garlic paste for a dish that tantalizes the taste buds.

Step-by-Step Guide to Cooking Geoduck Chinese Style with Steamed Garlic Paste

Ingredients: geoduck meat * 1 piece, garlic * 6 cloves, scallions * 1 root, cooking wine * 1 spoonful, sugar * 1 spoonful, soy sauce * 3 spoonfuls

Step 1: Begin by cleaning the geoduck meat with care.

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Step 2: Boil a pot of water and, before it reaches a boil, place the geoduck into the soup for thirty seconds. Then, immediately transfer it to cold water, use a knife to separate the meat and shell completely, and use the principle of thermal expansion and contraction to peel off the hard skin quickly.

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Step 3: Peel off the skin completely (unless you have purchased ready-made frozen geoduck meat from the supermarket, in which case this step can be skipped).

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Step 4: Cut longitudinally from the tail to remove the internal organs from the body. Then slice the geoduck meat.

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Step 5: Mince the garlic and heat the oil. Stir-fry the garlic until it becomes fragrant and golden brown. Then, add soy sauce, sugar, and cooking wine according to the recipe’s proportions, and apply the mixture to the geoduck meat. Steam in a steamer for 4 minutes.

how to cook geoduck Chinese style

Step 6: Sprinkle chopped scallions over the geoduck meat, pour a spoonful of hot oil over it, and it is ready to eat!

how to cook geoduck

The nutritional value of Geoduck

The Pacific diving mud clam has a pleasant flavor and a warm property. It has the functions of nourishing the kidney, promoting diuresis, resolving phlegm, and relieving cough. It can be used to treat cough caused by lung and kidney deficiency, as well as cough due to fatigue and physical weakness leading to edema. From a nutritional perspective, clams are rich in protein, which can enhance immunity; they also contain abundant minerals such as iron and calcium, which are beneficial for preventing and treating anemia, and hypotension, and promoting growth and development. The sodium and potassium in clams help maintain the body’s electrolyte balance and reduce edema. The Pacific mud clam is a highly regarded seafood for consumption in China and Japan, and it is also one of the longest-lived species in nature.

Where to Source Fresh Geoduck Meat

Obtain fresh geoduck from reputable seafood markets or opt for quality frozen meat from trusted suppliers, ensuring freshness and texture.


  1. Health Considerations: Proper cooking is essential for food safety, especially in raw or lightly cooked dishes.
  2. Ingredient Pairing: Geoduck pairs excellently with garlic, scallions, ginger, and soy-based sauces.


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