The recipe yield is:
1. Scrub and rinse clams, suitable for steaming (about 1 1/2" wide). in a 1 1/2 quart pan, bring water to a boil. Add clams; cover and simmer until they open, about 5 minutes. 2. Or, to cook in a microwave oven, place clams in a microwave-safe 1 quart container. Cover with plastic wrap and cook at full power (100 percent), checking every 30 seconds, until clams open, 2-3 minutes total. 3. Remove the clams as they open; continue cooking until all are open. (If a clam doesn't open, discard it and cook another.) Use clams warm or cool. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid.