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Oceanic Marvel: What Does Geoduck Taste Like?

Geoduck is a type of clam that can be found in the Pacific Northwest. It has a very long siphon, which it uses to filter water.

They are harvested and eaten in many different ways. Geoducks are large and have an interesting texture that people either love or hate. The meat from a geoduck tastes best when it’s cooked by boiling for about 20 minutes.

When you eat one, you’ll notice how chewy they can be because their muscle is surrounded with tough skin that needs to be peeled off before cooking.

It’s often used in sushi, but what does geoduck taste like? This post will take you through the different flavors and textures of geoduck so you can decide for yourself.

What is Geoduck?

what is geoduck

Geoducks are large saltwater clams that live in the Pacific Northwest. They can grow up to three feet long and weigh as much as 40 pounds.

The name “Geoduck” is a Native American word meaning ‘dig deep’. The clam’s scientific genus, Panopea Generosa means “all-swallow” for its ability to be able swallows large objects whole like small fish or other shellfish.

Geoducks are harvested by divers who use a long metal hook to pull the clam from its burrow.

Geoduck is not poisonous but can be dangerous if eaten raw because of its strong flavor and chewy texture.

There are many different species of geoducks, but the most common is Panopea Generosa. However, there has been a recent discovery in Puget Sound that may change this classification to Pectinidae Giganteus due to its size difference from other geoducks found on land or near shorelines which typically grow up between 20-30 cm (about 12 inches).

What Does Geoduck Taste Like? Does Geoduck Taste Good?

what does geoduck taste like

Geoducks are an unusual type of clam and they have a tasty flavor. You can feel the ocean with every bite. Geoducks can be eaten raw or cooked in various ways – boiled with butter is one popular preparation method.

The meat inside has been described as tasting similar to clams but also having some shrimp-like qualities.

It’s not uncommonly served on top seafood dishes such as Cioppino (a tomato-based dish) which pairs well because both ingredients share many common flavors including saltiness from their natural brine.

Some people say you should eat your first few bites slowly so all those complex tastes will hit every part if tongue before swallowing down into your stomach where digestive juices await.

How to Clean Geoducks Properly

how to clean geoducks

The best way to clean geoducks is to use fresh, cool running tap water to remove any surface dirt or sand that may be present on the outside of your shellfish before cooking it for consumption.

The easiest method involves using an old toothbrush dipped into some soapy dishwashing liquid mixed until you have created suds which can then easily slide down inside each crevice between shells while also getting rid of all those pesky barnacles clinging onto its exterior surfaces as well.

The hardest part is removing the geoduck from its shell, but once that has been accomplished and cleaned up a bit with water to remove any sand or dirt still on them.

How to Cook and Eat Geoducks

how to cook eat geoduck

They can be cooked in a variety of ways, but the most common is to boil them in a pot with some water and salt.

The geoduck can also be steamed whole for about 20 minutes before being served on its own as an appetizer dish at your next dinner party. 

They are often eaten raw by those who enjoy sushi dishes too which means that they should always have their siphon removed first.

So it does not get mixed up into any other ingredients when you cut off pieces from this long-necked clam shell creature’s body.

You can also serve geoducks as an appetizer with cocktail sauce or as a side dish with some butter and lemon juice.

It’s not uncommon that the clam will have been cooked beforehand so all you need to do when eating this delicacy from Asia would simply boil them up again just until they are heated through once more.

But remember never overcook these creatures because then their flesh becomes tough which means less enjoyable to eat if eaten raw.

One of my favorites is to fry geoducks, which is a popular way to prepare them in Asia.

To do this, you will need some flour and eggs for the batter as well of course oil or butter which can be heated up on your stovetop until it’s hot enough.

So that when geoducks are dipped into these ingredients they become golden brown with crispy edges.

Is Geoduck High In Cholesterol?

is geoduck high in cholesterol

There isn’t enough information to determine if geoduck is high in cholesterol.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) website, there isn’t enough evidence that eating raw or cooked shellfish will increase your risk of heart disease.

Because they are low-fat foods with a good amount of omega fatty acids which can help prevent cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis from forming on artery walls.


In conclusion, geoducks are low-fat food with many benefits. Geoducks are also a great source of vitamin B12, potassium, and selenium to name just some nutrients that they contain in abundance.

Geo-ducks have an interesting taste because their meat is so chewy but it’s not bad tasting at all – I would say the flavor has more depth than any other clam or oyster you might eat with its unique salty brininess.

what does geoduck taste like

What Does Geoduck Taste Like? Does Geoduck Taste Good?

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Food Taste
Servings 1 Serving



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