Recipe: Surf and Turf Paleo-Style

Nothing warms our souls while filling us up with a healthy dose of protein and spices than this delicious combination of sausage and clams. The cooking aromas alone will have your mouth watering in no time.  Pair it with some fresh greens and you’ve got the perfect meal, sure to please everyone at your table!


  •  2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (for cooking sausage)
  • 1/2 pound fresh Paleo friendly sausage*
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 cup sodium free chicken stock
  • 3 dozen clams, scrubbed clean
  • 4 tablespoons Italian parsley, roughly chopped {reserved whole leaves for garnish}
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

*Fresh Chorizo is a very good option here but beware of added spices in case they’re not fully Paleo recommended.



For fresh sausages, brown links in cast iron pan on medium high heat.  Cool and cut into 1/2 thick inch rounds.

In a large high-sided sauté pan with a lid, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage, cooking until it has let off some of its fat. 3 to 5 minutes. Add onions and cook until softened and fragrant. About 3 minutes. Add crushed and Roma tomatoes and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.  Next, add the garlic, paprika, and crushed red pepper and cook for 1 additional minute. Add the stock and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the clams into the broth. Cover and cook until the clams open after about 5 to 6 minutes. Discard any clams that don’t open.

After the clams have opened, add the chopped parsley, remaining oil, lemon zest and juice. Plate the clams with plenty of the liquid and serve! Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges.




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