Stir-fried Tuatua

🌊🍴 Get a taste of the sea with Stir-fried Tuatua! 🐚🔥 This New Zealand delicacy is a flavour explosion in every bite! 😍👌 #StirFriedTuatua #NewZealandFood #SeafoodLover 🇳🇿🌊 Stir-fried Tuatua is a tasty seafood dish made with New Zealand tuatua, garlic, ginger, butter, and oyster sauce

If you love seafood, particularly clams, then you might want to try this delicious recipe for stir-fried tuatua. Tuatua is a type of clam that is commonly found in New Zealand and is known for its sweet and juicy meat. In this recipe, the tuatuas are sautéed in garlic, spring onions, ginger, and butter, then flavoured with oyster sauce and chillies for a little bit of heat. The dish is then finished off with a sprinkle of spring onions for added freshness.

As mentioned tuatuas are a type of clam that can be found along the coastlines of New Zealand. They have a hard, oblong shell and can grow up to 12cm in length. The meat inside the shell is firm, sweet, and flavourful, which makes it a popular ingredient in many seafood dishes. In New Zealand, tuatuas are commonly harvested for both commercial and recreational purposes, and are often enjoyed raw, steamed, or sautéed.

I consider myself fortunate to have stumbled upon a place where I could purchase this seashell, as I had only previously tasted it in restaurants and food expos and had been on the hunt for it for quite some time. A couple of months ago, my search finally ended when I discovered a seafood shop called Oceanz Seafood in Albany, which offers a vast array of seafood options. Although it does not come cheap at NZ$28.99 per kilo, the seashell was of such exceptional quality that it was worth every penny. In fact, it was possibly the most delicious clams I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.

Stir-fried tuatua is a delicious and easy-to-prepare dish that is perfect for seafood lovers. With its sweet and juicy meat, tuatuas are the perfect ingredient for this stir-fry recipe, and the addition of garlic, ginger, and chillies provides a burst of flavour that complements the clams perfectly. So, if you’re looking for a new and exciting seafood recipe to try, give stir-fried tuatua a go and enjoy the taste of New Zealand’s beautiful coastline.

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Stir-fried Tuatua

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Ang Sarap Original


Stir-fried Tuatua is a tasty seafood dish made with New Zealand tuatua, garlic, ginger, butter, and oyster sauce


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  • 1 kg tuatua clams, scrubbed clean
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, julienned
  • 2 stalks spring onions, chopped (white and greens separated)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 red chillies, thinly sliced (optional)


  1. In a wok or large pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic, ginger, and white sections of spring onions and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add the cleaned tuatuas to the pan and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until they start to open up.
  4. Add oyster sauce and chillies (if using) and stir-fry for another minute.
  5. Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve hot.



4 Responses

  1. So fresh and flavourful! Haven’t had any clams in ages.

  2. Obviously, I won’t be able to get NZ tuatua in Tucson, but I can get some good clams to improvise. What a beautiful dish!

  3. We don’t cook clams often at home – but we definitely should reconsider! So easy and quick yet packed with lovely flavours!

  4. suituapui says:

    Bet that is so sweet, so delicious – can’t go wrong with seafood!

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