The correct time to steam them. I steamed them for about under a weighted cover about 9 minutes. The first one 1/2 minutes were under high steam. The last six/ seven were under a medium to high flame. I don't like to over cook fish and I love raw clams. But now I believe steamers require more cooking perhaps 15 minutes. My other mistake, I had no butter in the house except for some salted butter I had picked up from the supermarket giveaway. It was organic butter from whole foods. Salted butter is an absurd, hang around from bad 1950s eating? It should've died, Long ago. It remarkably spoiled an essential subtlety, of this very simple cuisine, canceling out the lemon to begin with .
I've made steamers before with varying degrees of success often very very good. But was never sure entirely of what I was doing.
(steamers)Not like scallops ??? With scallops you can undercook them and they're really good. Depending on quality of course.
p.s. Often, very simple things, are the hardest to get just right (it would seem to me). Because they require a very good understanding of technique. And are less forgiving. A perfectly cooked medium rare hamburger.
Edited by AlexB - 11/16/14 at 1:35pm