Sauted Razor Shell with Scallion and Burdock

Japanese razor shell is now in season! It is a season word of spring used in Japanese petry “Haiku”.

Razor shell, also known as razor clam, is a burrowing bivalve mollusc with an elongated narrow shell shaped like a razor.

Mategai, Razor shell
Japanese razor shell, a family of Solenidae, is called “Mate-Gai” in Japanese, written “馬刀貝” in Kanji literally “horse sword shell”.
There are some edible subspecies of this family in Japan, commonly they are eaten in western Japan.

  • “Mate-Gai”              Solen strictus               馬刀貝 (horse sword shell)  *This is most common subspecies.
  • “O-Mate-Gai”         Solen grandis               大馬刀貝 (big horse sword shell )
  • “Aka-Mate-Gai”    Solen gordonis            赤馬刀貝 (red horse sword shell)
  • “Ezo-Mate-Gai”     Solen krusensterni     蝦夷馬刀貝 (Ezo Hokkaido horse sword shell)

 

Today’s shells are Aka-Mate-Gai, which have reduced catches vastly, so it is difficult to obtain them in common market.

Mategai, Razor shell
Mategai, Razor shell
Mategai, Razor shell
Mategai, Razor shell

 

Razor shell meat has a sweet and good seafood flavor.
Although the whole clam is generally eaten, today I remove the stomach contents and season them with sake beforehand.

Mategai, Razor shell
  1. Wash Mate-Gai (20 pieces) and remove the stomach contents, then season with sake (1 tbs) and soy-sauce (1/4 tbs).
  2. Cooking of Fried Razor Shell with Scallion and Burdock
    Cooking of Fried Razor Shell with Scallion and Burdock
    Cooking of Fried Razor Shell with Scallion and Burdock
  3. Cut burdock root (1/2 piece) into Sasagaki style (between shaved and sliced) with a knife as if you were sharpening a pencil.
  4. Cut scallions (2-3 pieces) into diagonal slices.
  5.  Heat sesame oil in a pan with garlic and ginger, each 1/2 tbs minced.
  6. Put clams and cook until it is whitish, then add burdock root.  And add  white part of scallions.
  7. Cooking of Fried Razor Shell with Scallion and Burdock
    Cooking of Fried Razor Shell with Scallion and Burdock
    Cooking of Fried Razor Shell with Scallion and Burdock
  8. Pour sake (3 tbs), soy-sauce (1 tbs), brown-miso (1/2 tbs),  Doubanjiang (1/4 tbs).
  9. At last add green part of scallions and saute until wilted. If you desired, add thickness lightly with potato starch and water.

 
Itadakimasu!

Cooking of Fried Razor Shell with Scallion and Burdock

・Mate-Gai
is a razor shell, also known as razor clam, that is a family of Solenidae” 馬刀貝(まてがい) literally “horse sword shell”