Geoduck Sashimi


  1. Bring large pot of water, about 8 quarts, to a boil. Using a small boning knife, gently pry open shell and cut the meat away from the shell edges. Discard the sack next to the body and the shell. Rinse well under running water.
  1. Holding onto the body of the geoduck, place the siphon (long neck) into the boiling water until the skin of the trunk turns a shade darker, about 20 seconds. Peel off skin by tugging it off the meat (a dry washcloth can help you get a grip).
  1. Cut the neck away from the body of the geoduck and set the body aside*.
  1. Slice the neck very thinly and at an angle. Place slices on a small spoon or serving plate and top with fresh squeezed lemon, sea salt, olive oil, and chives. Serve.

*You can make Gluten-Free Fried Geoduck with the body. Or you could also slice the body meat and sauté it in butter over medium heat. Heat butter until foaming subsides and butter is slightly browned. Add geoduck slices and sauté for 5 to 10 seconds, until slices are just beginning to turn opaque. Season with salt to taste and serve immediately.


Health Benefits

I had really resisted geoduck because when I ate it once before it was very fishy and tasted yucky (technical term there). When my spouse and I caught a geoduck with our own bare hands we knew we had to eat it, but to be honest, we were really dreading it!

I found a YouTube video of how to cook it from season 3 Top Chef Winner, Hung Huynh. When he recommended it as sashimi my heart sank… but the way he moaned over it like it was a sweet delicacy sold me. When I prepared this geoduck sashimi recipe we were so amazed at how sweet and tender fresh geoduck is. It is absolutely delicious. So thank you Hung Huynh!

Geoduck is protein rich and really supports my theory that food aids the part of the human body that it looks like. For instance, cauliflower looks like brain and is actually nutritious for the brain. The geoduck looks like, well, like the male thingamajig, and is known to be an aphrodisiac that can improve your body’s reproductive function and decrease male impotence. So there you go!

It also helps to maintain a balance between your body’s potassium and sodium levels. This means it can eliminate edema, aid your urinary system to eliminate toxins and excess water, and can even eliminate bloating, strengthen kidneys, and help control blood pressure.

Not bad for something that looks like a one eyed, one eared, flying yellow plankton eater!