Sheet Pan Clambake from HERO DINNERS: Complete One-Pan Meals That Save the Day


In clear, easy-to-follow instructions, cooking experts Marge Perry and David Bonom show you how to magically elevate commonplace ingredients into delicious meals you’ll make again and again.

In their new cook book, Hero Dinners, a mouthwatering color photo accompanies every recipe. The book is peppered with dozens of incredibly useful tip boxes to help cooks shave time or calories; learn about ingredients and substitutions; and get even more efficient in the kitchen. Hero Dinners is your powerful everyday mealtime solution: armed with the recipes in this book, you truly do make Hero Dinners. This delicious recipe is just a small sampling of what Hero Dinners offers.

Sheet Pan Clambake

As a second-generation New Englander, I think I know a thing or two about clambakes. And yes, I might be slightly biased about what they should look or feel like. So when David said he wanted to try—just try—making a sheet pan clambake, I was hesitant, to say the least.

I certainly didn’t expect to fall madly, deeply in love with this far simpler, very healthful version of a clambake. One of my favorite things about it is that we can whip this meal together in no time, even on a weeknight and even in the dead of winter. And just like the clambakes of my childhood, this is fun to eat and share.


  • 12 ounces baby red potatoes
  • 1 medium red onion, cut through the root end into 8 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning, divided
  • 1 pound shell-on shrimp (16/20 per pound)
  • 3 ears of corn, husked, each cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 large zucchini (about 12 ounces), cut into 1-inch chunks (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced




  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the potatoes, onion, and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 teaspoon of the Old Bay seasoning. Transfer to the sheet pan and roast for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, toss the shrimp, corn, zucchini, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the same bowl. Stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning, the salt, and pepper.
  4. Add the shrimp to the sheet pan along with the clams. Top with the diced butter. Roast until the vegetables are tender, the clams have opened, and the shrimp are cooked through, 17 to 18 minutes. Discard any clams that have not opened.


“Clam” refers to a large group of freshwater or saltwater bivalve mollusks, including razor clams, steamers, littlenecks, and cockles, to name just a few. Sweet, briny, and flavorful cockles are saltwater mollusks the size of a quarter, with symmetrical round shells that, enchantingly, look heart-shaped if viewed from the side. And thus the expression “You warm the cockles of my heart.”



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One Response to “Sheet Pan Clambake from HERO DINNERS: Complete One-Pan Meals That Save the Day”
  1. Sandhya says:

    Thats my kind of dinner! Yummy!

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